8 of the Best Places to Drive in the World

Published On October 31, 2013 | By Staff Writer | Top Lists, Travel Guides
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Traveling by land is one of the oldest and, undeniably, the most picturesque means to travel especially when you wish to cover a huge territory in your journey.  A road trip would require a sturdy vehicle which is capable of taking the terrain on and if you are planning to buy just the car for the trip, you can hook up with loan companies such as Westralian Auto Finance or use your savings but if buying a new car is just too expensive, you can always go to a car rental company that can provide you with the right vehicle. Decisions on how to produce a vehicle will depend on various factors but if you are ready to hit the road for a prolonged ride, you might as well become familiar with the best roads in the world.

  1. Dades Gorge, Morocco. This mountain loop in Dades Gorge is quite popular among travelers in the country. Navigating through the gorge which has been carved by Dades River over the centuries will require a 4 wheel drive and a guide.  The mountains are at its best from May to July while the lower valley is best visited from March to May. The route starts from a small town called Boumaine, then, you can take the route in the loop up to Agoudal before heading south for Todra Gorge.
  2. Amalfi Coast, Italy. Deemed to be the most picturesque stretch of coastline in the country, the coast made it into the list of World Heritage Sites as one of the best examples of an exquisite Mediterranean landscape. Mountains swathed with trees, villages with pastel hues along hillsides, luxurious gardens and an extensive vista over the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean are a feast for one’s eyes. Located along the Sorrento Peninsula’s flanks, the route takes you from the promontory of a cliff and leads out into the southern tip of the Bay of Naples.
  3. Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys. This famous bridge in Florida’s Monroe country connects the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys through Knight’s Key and Little Duck Key. The bridge used to be one of the longest when it was completed and it has been dubbed as an Overseas Highway.
  4. Atlantic Road, Norway. In 2005, this road has been awarded with Norway’s Construction of the Century. It is connected by 8 bridges and several viaducts and causeways. Built on skerries and several islands, it connects major popular centers in Fjord while giving a full view of the surrounding waters and islands.
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  5. Denali Highway, Alaska. Otherwise known as Alaska Route 8, this state highway is mostly gravel and it is lightly traveled. It starts from Paxson to Cantwell and it was the first road which leads to Denali National Park or Mt. McKinley National Park.
  6. Great Ocean Road, Australia. Located between Torquay and Warrnambool, two Victorian cities in Australia’s south-eastern coast, this road has been named as one of the country’s national heritage sites. This is the largest war memorial in the world and soldiers started construction in 1919 and completed it on 1932. This road weaves into a highly diverse terrain and passes through significant and prominent landmarks.
  7. U.S. Route 550, Colorado. This road in the western part of the country runs from Bernalillo in New Mexico to Montrose in Colorado. The stretch from Silverton to Ouray is often called The Million Dollar Highway and it is part of San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. This stretch winds through a gorge and it is a potentially hazardous route as the lanes are narrow and the cliffs are steep.
  8.  Transfăgărășan, Romania. This is the country’s 2nd highest paved road and it has lots of twists and turns and it runs from north to south to connect two cities, specifically, the Sibui in Pitesti and to create a route between Transylvania and Wallachia. The road is a challenging one with long curves, sharp descents and steep turns.

Road trips have always been an awesome way to get around a country. If you are up for some adventure while sitting on a car to have sweeping views or driving along a winding road, you have to take these roads, at least once.

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