Travelling can be the most divine feelings of the world for all those who simply love packing their bags and setting out on tours and expeditions. While there are travelers who book tour packages well in advance and plan their entire trip, there are some who simply put on their backpacks, bring out their two-wheelers or four wheelers and set out to enjoy the beauty of nature and of the road leading to their destination.
There is no other happiness in the world for a true travel freak at heart to enjoy the beauty of nature and experience fun on the wonderful roads the lead to wonderful destinations. In fact, there are a few roads that are so prettier and more beautiful than the picnic spots of the world that you would want to drive on them all your life and wish you never reached your destination. Want to know where these roads are? Read on!
1. Atlantic Ocean Road – Norway
For all the travel freaks across the world who love experiencing the beauty of roads more than their destination, the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway will satisfy your thirst for nature’s beauty. This amazing and breathtaking road is built by a group of islands that connect beautiful villages to one another. The small stretch on this road, known as Country Road 64, is particularly known for its natural beauty and landscapes. The road is simply a wonderful experience for drivers and travelers and can also offer a glimpse of ocean life to passers including whales and seals.
2. Hana Highway – Maui
For all the adventure lovers and admirers of natural beauty, the Hana Highway, located in Maui, is yet another must-visit. This beautiful highway has breathtaking views that would surely offer you peace of mind and a treat to your eyes. This 84-kilometer long highway passes through a lush green tropical rainforest that makes it a live personification of beauty. However, as beautiful as the road appears, it is also tricky and offers a great challenge to drivers since the roads are narrow. In fact, driving on the road will require you to pass through 600 curves, 59 bridges some of which are even single lane and bridges that are more than 100 years old.
3. Rohtang Pass – India
The Rohtang Pass in India, well known for its picturesque landscapes and incredible beauty, is a road that can make every travel lover to pack his bags and set out on a drive. One of the most treacherous yet wonderful roads in the world, the Rohtang Pass can give you goosebumps with its beauty and landscapes. This road is open to travelers from the months of May to November since driving can be utterly dangerous in the winters due to heavy snowfall. But, if you are fortunate enough to experience zero traffic or no landslide while you are here, I bet the road will give you an experience of a lifetime with its breathtaking views of snow clad mountain peaks, rivers, and glaciers.
4. Col de I’Iseran – France
For everyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some quality time in the bounty of nature, the Col de I’Iseran road in France is a perfect getaway! One of the highest paved roads in the world, this is a road that is absolutely spectacular and amazing. While driving on this beautiful stretch of road, you are sure to be mesmerized by the beauty of the waterfalls, galleries, tunnels and all the scenic areas. The road is only accessible in the summers.
5. National Route 40 or Ruta 40 – Argentina
Experienced driving on all the roads listed so far? Give some visual treat to the traveler within you by heading to this beautiful and one of the largest highways in the world. The National Route 40, or Ruta 40, is a scenic highway that is really long and mesmerizing. Believe it or not, but the road passes through a dozen mountains and rivers and also across as many as 20 national parks. Long and utterly beautiful, this is a road that will give you the feel of a never-ending journey. And, you can even take halts to visit the pretty national parks, isn’t it?
6. US 1 – Key Largo to Key West Florida
If you are a true traveler and explorer at heart, this one is something you wouldn’t want to give a miss! The US 1 highway extending from Maine all the way to Florida is a north-south highway that every traveler must explore at least once in his life. The stunning beauty of the road is sure to captivate every driver that passes from this amazing and breathtaking highway in the US. The road passes through a number of coral reefs, islands and warm waters that are so beautiful that you sometimes get the feel of driving on the waters itself. Thrilling, isn’t it?
7. Trollstogen Road – Norway
Seems like Norway is home for several beautiful roads in the world! After the Atlantic Ocean Road, here is yet another mind blowing and breathtaking road in Norway that will give you thrills and bring out the traveler and explorer in you! This beautiful road is a literal personification of its name; it is a troll ladder with a waterfall on the top that is surely what every travel freak in the world must experience at least once in his life. A popular tourist attraction, this road has some crazy turns and twists along with captivating landscapes that can serve as an awesome treat to your eyes. It also has a car parking at the top so that tourists can overlook the beauty of the road.
8. The Cabot Trail – Nova Scotia, Canada
Quench your thirst for adventure this season and head out on a journey that is going to be unforgettable for a lifetime. A house to some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world, Canada offers this amazing and breathtaking road for travelers that is beautiful and awesome in its own way. The Cabot Trail was built primarily to attract tourists and its is perfectly serving its purpose till date. The road passes through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and even through the rugged coastline which makes it unforgettable.
9. The Milford Road – New Zealand
If you are in New Zealand or are planning to visit the place, do not miss a drive on the amazing Milford Road. It is one of the highest roads in the country in terms of elevation and also one of the most dangerous public roads for driving. Giving thrills to the driver and traveler within you, this is the road that would put your soul to peace and offer a beautiful treat to your eyes so that your journey becomes memorable for a lifetime.
10. The Blue Ridge Parkway – Appalachia
The Blue Ridge Parkway is yet another highway in Appalachia that is known to give drivers an experience of their lifetime. The 469 miles highway in the United States passes through Virginia and North Carolina and is particularly well known for its spectacular scenery, amazing rivers, creeks and limestone caves. The stunning views are surely a heaven for all the travel lovers in the world.
So have you decided your destination for your coming outing?
If not, simply pack your bags and head out for a long and mesmerizing drive on these beautiful roads!