The greatest roads in the world

Posted by: Cal on 27/08/2013

Category: General

If you love both travel and hitting the road on your own four wheels, you've bound to have thought about where you'd like to take your car for a spin.

For many, it's places like Route 66 and long stretches of desert road that hold appeal - but here are some other roadworthy inspirations.

Get your car tyres checked out and make sure your vehicle is in mint condition, then head off in the direction of that endless horizon.

The Transfagarasan Road, Romania

If you're ever in Romania then be sure to head out on this dramatic, twisting and turning road. For 90 kilometres this road runs between mountain peaks. Even though it can be a bit of a white-knuckle ride, the views are spectacular and it's a completely unique experience. You won't find many others who have braved this one.

The Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys

If you want a great alternative to some of the other famous American routes and roads, head to the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, Florida, which was formerly the longest bridge in the world. From this bridge you get a beautiful tropical view of the sea and Florida's sunny skies.

The area's famous blue ocean really is right next to you, glistening just outside your window. It might be a strange feeling when you get further out onto the bridge and look out to see nothing but water around you, but it's definitely worth it!

The Atlantic Road, Norway

This winding road connected the towns of Kristiansund and Molde and is less than 10 kilometres long. For a relatively small distance it packs a punch as it connects between small islands with bridges and causeways, taking drivers on a journey over the sea. It has some steep hills and dramatic drops, and the surrounding ocean and mountain scenery is sure to take your breath away.

The Amalfi Coast Road, Italy

Everyone could use a touch of Italy in their life. Not far from Naples, head to the Amalfi Coast and take a drive - preferably in a Ferrari - along the beautiful coastal roads. You can't help but feel like you're in the lap of luxury here, with expansive azure blue seas matching the skies and stretching out into the distance.

There is a beautiful view around every turn. Stop off at some of the seaside towns such as Sorrento, Amalfi itself, and Ravello, with their iconic colourful buildings and terraced hills.

Milford Road, New Zealand

This road will take you through some of New Zealand's stunning South Island scenery. You'll find yourself heading through the Southern Alps and looking out at beautiful panoramas from almost 1,000 metres above sea level. Visit hotspots such as Te Anau, Fiordland National Park and the Milford Sound along the way.

Bonus round road: North Yungas 'Road of Death' in Bolivia

You will probably want to give this one a miss considering its dangerous reputation and unsettling title as the Road of Death, but it is definitely a fascinating location to imagine heading out on. This road is often named the most dangerous in the world, due to its high altitude, narrow single-lane road, turns, sheer drops and lack of any safety features.

There have been major disasters and accidents here and vehicles have fatally fallen off the side, however people keep coming back to experience its thrills and spills.

Have we missed anything off this list? What's the best road you've ever travelled on, and where would you like to head next?

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