It’s a known fact that traveling is good for both the body and the mind. Not only does it relieve stress, but also promotes positive thinking. When we travel, we forget about the stress and strain associated with every day life and indulge in some unforgettable moments. While there are thousands of places and an infinite number of roads to travel, some places are so unique that they have to be visited at least once in our lifetime. Here, we have gathered a list of 10 roads that are ideal for that extraordinary road trip that you always planned to have.
1. The Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
The Atlantic Road is an iconic zigzag road that connects the island of Averøy with the mainland, via a series of small islands and islets. The road was opened for public in 1989, and is packed with coastal scenery, culture and history. Located in the midwest part of the Norwegian coastline, The Atlantic Ocean Road provides drivers with the same experience as a roller-coaster.
Not only does the curvy road provide travelers with an unforgettable scenery, but during stormy days, waves smash into the bridge, causing the water to scatter over the road. The Atlantic road was specifically designed to withstand strong waves, and while it can be scary to drive through such a road, thrill seekers actually favorite it.
2. The Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys, US
Completed in 1982, the Seven Mile Bridge is the longest bridge in the Florida Keys. The old bridge was completed in 1912 and was capable of accommodating both trains and motor vehicles. However, a hurricane caused immense damage to the old bridge in 1935, and later, it was rebuilt to be used only by motor vehicles. One of the most interesting facts about the bridge is that when it was rebuilt, the old train tracks were recycled to create the guardrails of the new bridge. The Seven Mile Bridge connects the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys in Florida and is also surrounded by a pristine view of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico; making it a road one must travel at least once in their lifetime.
3. Stelvio Pass, Italy
The Stelvio Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in Europe and is also considered to be among the best roads for road trips. Also known as Passo dello Stelvio in Italian, the mountain pass stands at an elevation of 2.757 m (9,045ft) above the sea level. The road is considered an engineering marvel, and is only to be driven by experienced drivers. The road connecting the Valtellina with the upper Adige valley and Merano has an astounding 48 hairpin bends, which is one of the main reasons why only skilled drivers should take the scenic route. To make it even tougher, the road becomes exceedingly narrow at some points, whereas there are very steep inclines at other points.
4. Zuluk Road, India
Zuluk (also spelt as Dzuluk) is a tiny village settlement that is located at an altitude of 10,100ft. Also known as the historic old Silk Route, the road in the Indian state of Sikkim, once connected Tibet. With more than 100 hairpin bends and steep inclines, the Zuluk road is one of the most dangerous in the world. To make things even more treacherous, there are no guardrails at most points, which would prevent vehicles from going over the cliffs. During winter months, snowfall makes the winding road extremely dangerous. In order to drive through the Zuluk road, special permits are required.
5. Utah State Route 12, USA
Spanning more than 120 miles, the Utah State Route 12, or Utah’s Byway 12 Scenic Byway, travels through some of the most diverse and ruggedly beautiful landscapes in the US. The road begins at U.S. Highway 89, seven miles south of the city of Panguitch. Eight miles north of the town of Hatch, it cuts through Dixie National Forest’s Red Canyon, where you can view breathtaking high alpine scenery. Route 12 is also filled with twists, turns, cliff drops, narrow canyons and boulder mountains, which makes it seem like it is an endless stretch of road.
6. Ruta 40, Argentina
Ruta 40 is one of Argentina’s infamous roads, that runs down the western edge of the country, alongside the Andes. Stretching more than 3,107 miles, the road begins at the La Quiaca, in the province of Jujuy, and finishes in Cabo Virgenes in Santa Cruz province. According to Dangerous Roads, Ruta 40 is one of the longest, most spectacular highways in the world. While some parts of the road is paved, majority of it is unpaved, which happens to also pass through sparsely populated regions as well as some of Argentina’s uninhabited territories. Despite this, thousands of people take on the adventurous road, that consists of dirt and gravel, hairpin bends, and endless straight sections and powerful winds.
7. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland
Located at an elevation of 2,106 meters, (6,860ft) the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland connects Zurich and Lugano. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the Alps and was first opened in 1830 as the Gotthard Train Tunnel. The road and the highway tunnel wasn’t constructed until about 100 years later. The Gotthard Pass is also surrounded by vivid landscape as well as hundreds of waterfalls and lakes, making it one of the roads that should be traveled at least once in your lifetime.
8. Forgotten World Highway, New Zealand
Located in New Zealand, the Forgotten World Highway is one of the most mysterious as well as scenic routes in the country. One of the main attractions is the 220-meter-long, single lane, Moki tunnel, which surprisingly is marked as one of the 10 worst roads in New Zealand by NZ officials. Forgotten World Highway however, provides travelers with secluded roads that are filled with twists and turns with steep inclines. According to thrill seekers, the road is perfect to test the stamina of a vehicle.
9. The Great Ocean Road, Australia
The Great Ocean Road which winds alongside the Southern Ocean is one of Australia’s most famous touring routes. Stretching more than 124 miles, the road passes through pockets of rainforest, seaside towns, koala-filled tree canopies, sheer limestone cliffs and the ocean. The road is also the world’s largest war memorial, which is dedicated to the soldiers of WWI.
10. National Highway 22, India
Located in scenic Himachal Pradesh, India, the National Highway 2, is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous road in the world. Those who wish to travel through the road have to face unpredictable weather, sharp bends, as well as unpredictable drivers. The road was handcrafted for decades, which helped connect mountain villagers to the outside world. Despite the road being an engineering marvel, it is still filled with dangerous cliffs and unguarded curves ,with no railings at most parts.