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25 Coolest Roads And Drives Around The World


From winding South American highways to scenic alpine passes these are the 25 coolest roads and drives around the world.

25. Ruta 40, Argentina

It is the longest route in Argentina and one of the longest in the world.

24. Sani Pass, South Africa

The notoriously dangerous pass between South Africa and Lesotho requires a 4×4 vehicle.

23. Great Ocean Road, Australia

Dedicated to the casualties of WWI this road is the longest war memorial on Earth.

22. Karakoram Highway, China and Pakistan

Connecting the two countries is the highest paved international road on the planet.

21. Denali Highway, Alaska

This lightly traveled, mostly gravel highway is rarely maintained and takes visitors into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness.

20. Guoliang Highway, China

This interesting road is carved into the side of a mountain.

19. Transfagarasan, Romania

Running through the Southern Carpathians, the second highest paved road in Romania offers some amazing views.

18. The Amalfi Coast, Italy

With numerous potential routes, we are going to go ahead and say that any road you take along Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline will be memorable.

17. Trollstigen, Norway

The turns on this road are so hairpin that vehicles longer than 12.4 meters are not allowed.

16. US Route 550, Colorado

Also known as the Million Dollar Highway this road has its share of narrow passes, cliff side roads, and sharp turns.

15. Dades Gorges, Morocco

Carved out by the Dades River, you’ll need a 4WD and a guide to ride this road.

14. Going-to-The-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana

From large glacial lakes to windswept tundra this road traverses numerous types of terrain.

13. Col de Turini, France

This stretch of alpine road is famous for holding a stage of the Monte Carlo Rally with its hairpin curves.

12. Stelvio Pass, Italy

The second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps, this road has been nominated to be Europe’s best driving road.

11. Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa

Known to locals as “Chappies”, this drive will give you some stunning views of the rocky coastline.

10. Seven Mile Bridge, Florida

Also known as the Overseas Highway, it is one of the longest bridges in the world.

9. Tianmen Mountain Road, China

To reach the top of Tianmen Mountain you can either take a cable car or drive the road. Both are sufficiently steep and vertigo inducing.

8. White Rim Road, Utah

Looping through mesas and canyons this drive takes several days to complete with a 4WD. Keep in mind that there is no potable water or civilization anywhere along the journey.

7. The Atlantic Road, Norway

Built across several small islands, some of the bridges along this road are intense.

6. Highway 1, California

Also known as State Road 1, this stretch of pavement runs along some of the most beautiful coastline in the United States.

5. Furka Pass, Switzerland

This high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps was used as a filming location in the James Bond film Goldfinger.

4. Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona

With amazing views of the surrounding red rock mesas and the Mingus Mountains, this stretch of road has been labeled a “museum without walls”.

3. Oberalp Pass, Switerzland

Although it is located far from any oceanic coastline, this road is home to the world’s highest lighthouse at 6,700 feet above sea level.

2. Los Caracoles Pass, Chile and Argentina

In English the name of this road means “Snail’s Pass” and if you ever drive it you’ll see why.

1. North Yungus Road, Bolivia

Known to locals as the “Road of Death”, this highway has been labeled the most dangerous road in the world.