9 Most Scenic Drives Around The World

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Roads allow for easier and safer transportation. Traveling is a relief to a  soul. Many roads in the world have attracted thousands of travelers. Some of them are coastline roads with the views of oceans. Others are mountain passes with countless curves but all of them offer a wonderful experience. It’s all about the journey, not the destination. S0 here are 9 of the most scenic drives around the world in the beautiful highways.

1. Milford Road – New Zealand

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In this road journey, you can experience the most scenic view from Teanau to Milford Sound. The road to Milford sound passes through landscapes including mountain range, glacier-carved valleys, native rainforest and beautiful mirror lakes. Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand partly because of its gorgeous and naturalistic views. Sometimes the road is just an important as the destination. Milford Road proved to be so breathtaking.

2. Ruta 40  – Argentina

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National route 40 or Ruta 40 is the longest road in Argentina stretching all the way from Punta Loyola to La Quiaca. The road provides stunning views throughout the journey. It passes a dozen rivers, mountain passes and also crosses 20 national parks.

3. Atlantic Road – Norway

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Atlantic Road is listed among the world’s best road trips for its breathtaking scenery. A bridge on Atlantic Road is so curvy and steep which is also a dangerous road in the world. A unique stretch of road which takes you right out to the ocean’s edge. The Atlantic Road scenic drives will give you memories for life.

4. Chapman’s Peak Drive – South Africa

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Chapman’s Peak is the name of a mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, about 15 km south of cape town. With 114 curves along the rocky coastline. It is one of the famous scenic drives around Cape Town. There is an incredible view of every curve. The road drive combination of this road includes thrilling rocky inclines and shimmering blue waters.

5. Stelvio pass – Italy

Curvy and beutiful highway

The Stelvio pass is a mountain pass in northern Italy. It is one of the most famous routes and most challenging roads in the world. The road has a couple of very steep inclines but its scenery is absolutely breathtaking and spectacular. It is also a popular route for bicycle races and motorcycle rallies.

6. Great Ocean Road – Australia

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The Great Ocean Road Australia is a 243 km stretch of road along the south-eastern coasts of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Alansford. It was listed in Australian national heritage. It is one of the world’s greatest and most scenic drives. The Otway National Park, with its magnificent waterfalls and the towering limestone stacks, are known as the Twelve Apostles which is one of the iconic sights of Australia.

7. Tianmen mountain road – China

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Tianmen is a mountain located within tianmen mountain national park in the north-western part of Hunan province of China. This 11 km road takes you to the top of tianmen mountain and tianmen cave. There is a total of 99 bends in 180 degrees trading off and taking turns, You can take the Tianmen Mountain Cableway from Zhangjiajie Railway Station to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

8. Overseas highway – Florida

The new Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
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The 113-mile overseas highway stretches from Miami to Key West. The journey can give you the most beautiful sight of blue waters and sometimes it gives you the feeling that you are literally driving on the water.  Experience the natural beauty of the ever-changing scenery of the seas and wilderness bordering the roadway. This remarkable road is a feat of modern engineering that has to be believed.

9. Karakoram highway –  China and Pakistan

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The Karakoram Highway is the highest paved roads in the world. The most breathtaking terrain on the planet, the highway passes the glacial landscape of the Karakoram mountains into China. It is a friendship highway between China and Pakistan. This legendary route is one the most exciting and dangerous road in the world.

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