The world's most beautiful roads you'll want to drive



Slide 1 of 44: From snow-clad mountain passes and precipitous paths with death-defying switchbacks, to rugged desert routes and sweeping coastal highways, there are some stunning roads around the world. Here, we've selected the most beautiful and dramatic, where natural landscapes and man-made ingenuity collide. If you're heading out on any, be sure to check local travel advisories first.
Slide 2 of 44: This beauty of a road is one of Europe's most majestic mountain routes. The Transfagarasan begins in Cartisoara and ends in Curtea de Arges across Romania's beautiful Fagaras Mountains, also known as the Transylvanian Alps. It was built for military purposes in the 1970s to connect the provinces of Transylvania and Wallachia. Its 6,699 feet (2,041m) at its highest point and has a seemingly endless series of bends, tunnels and viaducts to keep drivers alert.
Slide 3 of 44: Maui's lush landscape is mesmerizing but so too is this winding road that snakes along the northeast coastline of the island. It takes drivers past rainforest, over little bridges, alongside trickling waterfalls and around numerous hairpin bends. The dramatic coastal road, which is 52 miles (84km) long and goes between Pa'ia and Hana, has become a Hawaii must-do.
Slide 4 of 44: Cyclists, motorbikers and motorists alike laud this infamous mountain pass in the Italian alps near the Swiss border as one of the ultimate roads. At just over 9,000 feet (2,743m), Stelvio Pass is the second highest mountain pass in the Alps. But it's the 48 hairpin turns that make it the most amazing. The original road dates back to the 1820s. It's open between May and November.

Slide 5 of 44: Test your mettle on the fearsome-sounding Trollstigen, a mountain road that winds between the villages of Valldal in Indre Sunnmøre and Åndalsnes in Romsdalen and past awe-inspiring scenery. It opened in 1939 as an important transport passage and has become one of Norway's most popular sights. With 11 sharp bends (each named after one of the construction workers) and a steep incline, the incredible road was even hand hewn into the mountain in some parts. It's closed in winter however.
Slide 6 of 44: Another contender for the ultimate mountain pass has to be Bolivia's notorious Yungas Road. Also known as El Camino de la Muerte ("The Road of Death"), the extremely dangerous route goes from capital La Paz to Coroico. The narrow single-lane road is 38 miles (61km) long and goes up a 15,000-foot (4,572m) summit with sheer drops and not a barrier in sight. It's prone to severe rainfall, landslides and tumbling rocks. The road was built in the 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners during the Chaco War.
Slide 7 of 44: This sinuous road in the Dadès Valley in the Ouarzazate province snakes down into a gorge, past staggering mountain scenery and ancient kasbahs. You'll pass through some of the High Atlas Mountains' most dramatic scenery on this extreme section of the R704 road, which was built down into the red-hued canyon of the Dadès River. It makes for a hair-raising but thrilling drive.
Slide 8 of 44: Arguably Australia's most famous drive, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is everything its name promises: soaring ocean vistas, sheer cliffs, and near-deserted surf beaches. The 151-mile-long (243km) road goes from Torquay in the east to Allansford and it was constructed along the storm-ravaged coast in the 1920s by Australian servicemen who returned from the First World War and is officially the world's largest war memorial. Its most famous feature is the Twelve Apostles, a striking rock formation.
Slide 9 of 44: One of the longest overwater roads in the world, Florida's Overseas Highway stretches from Miami on the mainland to Key West, the furthest of the islands. Completed in 1938, many sections of the highway were built over the route of the Florida East Coast Railway, which was irrevocably damaged in a hurricane. It's 113 miles (182km) long and has 42 bridges, including the famous Seven Mile Bridge. The route offers drivers magnificent views of the Keys and the Florida Straits. 

Slide 10 of 44: Spanning the Tara River in northern Montenegro, historic Djurdjevica bridge is one of the country's most spectacular sights and a wonder to drive across. Gaze across at the hills, river and at the gaping canyon below. The lofty arched bridge was built between 1939 and 1940 and was the biggest vehicular concrete arch bridge in Europe when it was completed. During the Second World War the central arch was detonated to halt the Italian invasion. It was rebuilt in 1946. Discover more of the world's most beautiful bridges here. 
Slide 11 of 44: Skirting along the face of Skippers Canyon near Queenstown with sheer cliff drops down to Shotover River and tight turns, this unpaved road is not for the faint-hearted. The narrow passageway was built between 1883 and 1890 using hand-drilling for the gold miners during the Gold Rush and remains largely unchanged. The dramatic views of the scenic gorge are well worth the heart palpitations. 
Slide 12 of 44: Driving through towering corridors of snow that reach heights of up to 65 feet (20m) is one of the many staggering sights along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. The road traverses the Northern Japan Alps and it's best visited between April to mid-June to experience the high snow walls, which are on the stretch between Bijodaira to Murodo. Murodo is the highest point along the road at 8,038 feet (2,449m) above sea level. The road is closed from December until April.
Slide 13 of 44: It's not very long but this extraordinarily curvy road in the Veneto region of northern Italy lures vintage car lovers around the globe to drive along it. The road, which was built by war prisoners and locals under Austrian command in 1918 between the towns of Trichiana and Tovena, is carved into the rocks. San Boldo Pass is so narrow that only one car can pass along it at a time so there are several sets of traffic lights along the way. Discover more of the world's most dangerous roads here.
Slide 14 of 44: Stretching from Belfast to Derry/Londonderry, the 120-mile (193km) Causeway Coastal Route is one of the world's most wonderful coastal drives. Hugging County Antrim's wild and beautiful coast, the road passes some of Northern Ireland's most incredible sights such as the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle.

Slide 15 of 44: Stretching proudly across the River Tarn in southern France, the Millau Suspension Bridge is an incredible structure. Follow the A75 autoroute to cross what is the world's tallest bridge and marvel at its engineering as well as the soaring views of the river and Massif Central mountains. In some parts, it's taller than the Eiffel Tower. The bridge, which opened in 2004, isn't accessible for pedestrians.
Slide 16 of 44: Four-wheel drive enthusiasts and mountain bikers love Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah for its network of off-road trails that have been forged around its deep canyons and dramatic landscapes. One of the best is the 100-mile White Rim Road, which loops around and below the towering Island in the Sky mesa. And if you like facing your fears, here's the most terrifying destination in every US state. 
Slide 17 of 44: Snaking up and around Abu Dhabi's highest mountain, Jebel Hafeet, this seven-mile (11km) road has become a destination in its own right. As the road winds up the craggy limestone peaks, there are a couple of look-out points but push on to the summit for the best views across the desert and the city of Al Ain below.
Slide 18 of 44: You'll pass mountains, salt flats, pampas and vineyards on Argentina's epic Route 40, which stretches 3,107 miles (5,000km) from La Quiaca in the country's northernmost province to Cabo Virgenes in the far south. In the Salta region, the highway crosses through the amazing rock formations of the Quebrada de las Flechas Canyon in the Calchaqui Valley.
Slide 19 of 44: Looping around Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, this famous 185-mile (298km) route delivers dramatic coastal and highland scenery and all-round thrilling driving terrain. Start at Baddeck and go east or west to see the island's natural beauty flit by your window. Highlights include Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Pleasant Bay, a top whale watching spot. These 50 photos are sure to make you fall in love with Canada.
Slide 20 of 44: The Lake District has plenty of jaw-droppingly gorgeous and hair-raising roads, but Hardknott Pass is one of the most dramatic in Britain. To take on the high-rise mountain pass, start at Little Langdale and proceed along the twisting Wrynose Pass which leads on to the even steeper, narrower Hardknott Pass and its seemingly endless hairpin bends. Stop along the way to see the remains of a 2nd century Roman Fort, which are just off the remote track.
Slide 21 of 44: If it's iconic roads as well as dramatic you're after, then look no further than the Highway 163 Scenic Drive that strikes a route through the red rock desert and extraordinary spires of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. This scenic stretch of asphalt and surrounding epic landscape have starred in countless movies including the 1991 classic Thelma and Louise. Now see the most beautiful scenic byway in every state.
Slide 22 of 44: Meaning pass of the cattle, this narrow old drover's road twists its way up the mountains of Applecross Peninsula with steep gradients, hairpin bends and distracting views aplenty. It was originally created in the 1820s. Now it's a tourist attraction with a parking lot at the summit which is 2,053-feet (625m) high so visitors can linger to admire the incredible beauty of the winding road, and gaze across to Skye and the Outer Hebrides. 
Slide 23 of 44: As its name suggests, this is a seriously challenging road. Leading up to Ben Lomond National Park, an alpine plateau in northern Tasmania near Launceston, the steep and winding unsealed road features a series of mind-boggling switchbacks. It has become an attraction in its own right, especially for cyclists in training.
Slide 24 of 44: You'll get dizzy just looking at the Three Level Zigzag road, allegedly the most zig-zagging road in the world. Set in India's Sikkim state within the lower Himalayan mountains, the curvy road has a staggering amount of hairpin turns and sheer drops along the way too. It goes from the village of Dzuluk and climbs up the mountain to Thambi View Point, reaching an altitude of 11,200 feet (3,413m).
Slide 25 of 44: Stretching from Sydney down to Nowra on the south coast, this coastal scenic drive is one of Australia's most stunning road trips. The photogenic Sea Cliff Bridge, which is shaped like a snake and rears out across the Pacific Ocean, and the Kiama Blowhole are just a couple of the awe-inspiring sights along the way.
Slide 26 of 44: Carved out of the steep and towering cliffs, this impressive roadway hugs an extraordinarily beautiful stretch of Atlantic coastline between Noordhoek and Hout Bay in Cape Town. It was constructed between 1915 and 1922 by convicts. Known as Chappies by locals, the toll road has plenty of places to pull over to stop and enjoy the dramatic views, picnic or spot passing whales. For another great South African drive see our guide to the Garden Route.
Slide 27 of 44: Cut out from the limestone cliff face between 1861 and 1898 as a means of transport for the local forestry industry, vertiginous Combe Laval (or D76) in southeast France's Vercors Massif is now a popular attraction for adventurous cyclists. Overhanging the Cholet valley, the incredibly narrow road passes through several tunnels blasted into the rock face and offers those who dare to tackle it dramatic views of the mountains and wooded valley.
Slide 28 of 44: Step away from the beach and take to the road to explore Mallorca's wild and beautiful scenery. One of the most incredible roads wends its way up the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and down to Sa Calobra, a little village by the coast. There are plenty of dramatic twists, turns and a fair few knee-wobbling sheer drops, but it'll be worth it for the epic views of the craggy peaks and startling blue waters below. It's one of Mallorca's most fabled ascents for keen cyclists.
Slide 29 of 44: Follow Austria's most mesmerizing mountain pass to wind through the heart of High Tauern, the country's largest national park, and up its highest peak, the pyramid-shaped Grossglockner. The road has 26 sharp turns and sensational views all along the way. Thankfully, there are plenty of lookout points so designated drivers can also enjoy the incredible scenery: all alpine meadows, mountain forests, jagged cliffs and glaciers as far as the eyes can see.
Slide 30 of 44: The Khardung La or the Khardung Pass was built in 1976 on the Ladakh Range to the north of Leh in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. With a height of 17,582 feet (5,358m), travelers plying this lofty road that traverses past some startling Himalayan scenery can suffer from altitude sickness. With sheer drops, numerous hairpin turns and extreme weather to contend with too, this is a road to approach with caution. It's closed from October to May due to dangerous weather conditions.
Slide 31 of 44: With steep drops, sweeping views and dramatic weather, the Going-to-the-Sun-Road in the Glacier National Park is one of the world's ultimate mountain roads. Started in 1921 and completed in 1932, it traverses the entire park, crossing the Continental Divide through Logan Pass at an elevation of 6,646 feet (2,025m). It goes for around 50 miles (80.5km) and is notoriously difficult to snowplow with up to 80 feet (24m) of snow – it can take 10 weeks to clear. Typically, the road is fully open from late June to October. Check out the most beautiful weekend road trip in every state.
Slide 32 of 44: This spectacularly steep and winding road can be found in the Tianmen Mountain National Park in China's Hunan Province. It curls up the mountain for seven miles (11km) with 99 nerve-wracking bends and precipitous drops. The road ends at a natural gap near the mountain's peak. Although, you'll need to walk 999 steps after you've parked to reach the sacred crevice, which is known as Heaven's Door.
Slide 33 of 44: One of the world's ultimate roads for four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, the Sani Pass delivers a hair-raising journey across the summit of the high Drakensberg in South Africa. First constructed as a mule track, the gravel road is now the only link between KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho and a spectacular mountain pass to tackle. Expect lots of zig-zagging, sheer cliff drops, steep inclines and staggering views of the striking escarpment.
Slide 34 of 44: One of the world's all-time most scenic roads, the Atlantic Road connects Averøy with the mainland, crossing a number of small islands and islets with a series of eight bridges. The serpentine highway on the mid-west coast opened in 1989 and offers up spectacular views of the wild Norwegian coastline at every twist and turn. Its most famous section is the striking Storseisundet Bridge, which at some angles appears as if it will drop drivers straight into the sea.
Slide 35 of 44: Driving Highway One from San Francisco to San Diego or vice versa is one of the USA's most iconic road trips. But the most extraordinary part of the Pacific Coast Highway, as it's also known, is Big Sur. Stretching from Carmel-by-Sea to Hearst Castle, it's all crashing ocean, rugged cliffs and towering Redwood trees. The road has recently reopened to drivers after a major landslide closed it in 2017. Discover 32 unusual things you'll find on a road trip through the USA.
Slide 36 of 44: Ravishing mountain scenery appears at every dizzying turn on the Great Dolomites Road, which strikes a route through the heart of northern Italy's mountainous national park from Bolzano to Cortina d'Ampezzo. As well as the looming granite peaks, the road also snakes along past forested hills and pretty lakes and plunges into lush valleys. The section approaching Arabba will thrill driving enthusiasts with over 75 hairpin turns to tackle.
Slide 37 of 44: An old hand-carved mining route, Skippers Canyon Road offers those behind the wheel stunning scenery and scary driving. The 14.2 mile (23km) gravel road near Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island was built in 1888 to give mining companies access to the upper Shotover River, which the road overhangs in places. It’s narrow, bendy and peppered with sheer drops. Unsurprisingly, rental cars are not usually insured to take on this daredevil drive, so go with a pro.
Slide 38 of 44: Remote, majestic and really tricky to get to, the Tusheti region is located on the northern slopes of the Great Caucasus Mountains. The only way to get there is by taking on the treacherous Abano Pass, a narrow, steep, winding and unpaved mountain route leading from Pashvili up to the village of Omalo. As well as facing oncoming traffic, your drive could be hampered by mist and the odd waterfall flowing across the track. The road is only open from late May to early October.
Slide 39 of 44: Drivers must contend with extreme weather conditions and an extremely narrow and steep route on this hazardous road between Ladakh and Kashmir in India. As well as strong winds and landslides, there are no barriers to prevent vehicles from plunging down the steep gorge. The pass, which climbs to 11,500 feet (3,000m) above sea level on the edge of the Himalayas, is part of National Highway 1, which goes between Srinagar and Leh. 
Slide 40 of 44: Don’t look down is the mantra to repeat as you navigate some of the most hair-raising sections of the Sichuan-Tibet Highway, which wriggles 1,367 miles from Chengdu to Lhasa. This precarious path is one of the world’s highest roads but also one of the most incredible. It passes through snow-capped peaks, vast forested valleys, rushing rivers, glacial lakes and ancient monasteries. Expect plenty of sharp turns, sheer drops and adverse weather conditions if you drive in winter.
Slide 41 of 44: You need to be serious about skiing to take on the winding mountain road that takes you up to Portillo, a ski resort high in the Chilean Andes. Tackling the road's series of seemingly endless switchbacks is the only way up into the steep mountain. As well as motion sickness, heavy traffic (it’s also the main highway from Santiago to Mendoza in Argentina) and bad weather can also add to the road’s challenges.
Slide 42 of 44: It might be less than a mile but driving along the terrifying Guoliang Tunnel will feel like one of the longest drives in your life. The rocky tunnel was carved into China's Taihang Mountains by 13 villagers in the 1970s who wanted a link to the rest of the Huixian, Xinxiang, Henan Province of China. Previously there had only been steep, narrow and dangerous stairs from Guoliang. Uneven and twisty, the tunnel has various “windows” where you can peer down the mountain...if you dare. Talk about dramatic!
Slide 43 of 44: Another road on most die-hard adventurers' bucket lists, this is one of the highest paved roads in the world. It also strikes a route through some of its most extreme landscapes. The impressive feat of engineering was started in 1959 and completed in 1979. It runs for around 800 miles (1,288km) from Abbottabad in Pakistan to Kashgar in Xinjiang in West China. The stretch from Gilgit to the Hunza Valley is the most dramatic. If you plan to cross the border at Khunjerab Pass (when travel is back on the agenda), go between May and December. 
Slide 44 of 44: Views of snow-capped mountains reflected in glimmering glacial waters are on offer as you follow along the edge of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand's South Island. The curvaceous road hugs the unusual shaped lake, which looks like a lightning bolt and is incredibly deep, from Queenstown to Glenorchy at the northern end. There are numerous lookout points along the way.

Remarkable routes around the globe

Transfagarasan, Romania

Hana Highway, Hawaii

Stelvio Pass, Italy

Trollstigen Mountain Road, Norway

Yungas Road, Bolivia

Another contender for the ultimate mountain pass has to be Bolivia’s notorious Yungas Road. Also known as El Camino de la Muerte (“The Road of Death”), the extremely dangerous route goes from capital La Paz to Coroico. The narrow single-lane road is 38 miles (61km) long and goes up a 15,000-foot (4,572m) summit with sheer drops and not a barrier in sight. It’s prone to severe rainfall, landslides and tumbling rocks. The road was built in the 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners during the Chaco War.

Dadès Valley, Ouarzazate province, Morocco

The Great Ocean Road, Australia

Arguably Australia’s most famous drive, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is everything its name promises: soaring ocean vistas, sheer cliffs, and near-deserted surf beaches. The 151-mile-long (243km) road goes from Torquay in the east to Allansford and it was constructed along the storm-ravaged coast in the 1920s by Australian servicemen who returned from the First World War and is officially the world’s largest war memorial. Its most famous feature is the Twelve Apostles, a striking rock formation.

Overseas Highway, Florida, USA

One of the longest overwater roads in the world, Florida’s Overseas Highway stretches from Miami on the mainland to Key West, the furthest of the islands. Completed in 1938, many sections of the highway were built over the route of the Florida East Coast Railway, which was irrevocably damaged in a hurricane. It’s 113 miles (182km) long and has 42 bridges, including the famous Seven Mile Bridge. The route offers drivers magnificent views of the Keys and the Florida Straits. 

Djurdjevica Bridge, Montenegro

Spanning the Tara River in northern Montenegro, historic Djurdjevica bridge is one of the country’s most spectacular sights and a wonder to drive across. Gaze across at the hills, river and at the gaping canyon below. The lofty arched bridge was built between 1939 and 1940 and was the biggest vehicular concrete arch bridge in Europe when it was completed. During the Second World War the central arch was detonated to halt the Italian invasion. It was rebuilt in 1946. Discover more of the world’s most beautiful bridges here. 

Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand

Skirting along the face of Skippers Canyon near Queenstown with sheer cliff drops down to Shotover River and tight turns, this unpaved road is not for the faint-hearted. The narrow passageway was built between 1883 and 1890 using hand-drilling for the gold miners during the Gold Rush and remains largely unchanged. The dramatic views of the scenic gorge are well worth the heart palpitations. 

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan

San Boldo Pass, Italy

It’s not very long but this extraordinarily curvy road in the Veneto region of northern Italy lures vintage car lovers around the globe to drive along it. The road, which was built by war prisoners and locals under Austrian command in 1918 between the towns of Trichiana and Tovena, is carved into the rocks. San Boldo Pass is so narrow that only one car can pass along it at a time so there are several sets of traffic lights along the way. Discover more of the world’s most dangerous roads here.

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

The Millau Suspension Bridge, France

White Rim Road, Utah, USA

Four-wheel drive enthusiasts and mountain bikers love Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah for its network of off-road trails that have been forged around its deep canyons and dramatic landscapes. One of the best is the 100-mile White Rim Road, which loops around and below the towering Island in the Sky mesa. And if you like facing your fears, here’s the most terrifying destination in every US state. 

Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, Abu Dhabi

Route 40, Argentina

Cabot Trail, Canada

Looping around Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, this famous 185-mile (298km) route delivers dramatic coastal and highland scenery and all-round thrilling driving terrain. Start at Baddeck and go east or west to see the island’s natural beauty flit by your window. Highlights include Cape Breton Highlands National Park and Pleasant Bay, a top whale watching spot. These 50 photos are sure to make you fall in love with Canada.

Hardknott Pass, Cumbria, UK

Highway 163, Arizona and Utah, USA

If it’s iconic roads as well as dramatic you’re after, then look no further than the Highway 163 Scenic Drive that strikes a route through the red rock desert and extraordinary spires of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. This scenic stretch of asphalt and surrounding epic landscape have starred in countless movies including the 1991 classic Thelma and Louise. Now see the most beautiful scenic byway in every state.

Bealach na ba, Scotland

Meaning pass of the cattle, this narrow old drover’s road twists its way up the mountains of Applecross Peninsula with steep gradients, hairpin bends and distracting views aplenty. It was originally created in the 1820s. Now it’s a tourist attraction with a parking lot at the summit which is 2,053-feet (625m) high so visitors can linger to admire the incredible beauty of the winding road, and gaze across to Skye and the Outer Hebrides. 

Jacobs Ladder Road, Tasmania, Australia

Three Level Zigzag Road, India

The Grand Pacific Drive, New South Wales, Australia

Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa

Carved out of the steep and towering cliffs, this impressive roadway hugs an extraordinarily beautiful stretch of Atlantic coastline between Noordhoek and Hout Bay in Cape Town. It was constructed between 1915 and 1922 by convicts. Known as Chappies by locals, the toll road has plenty of places to pull over to stop and enjoy the dramatic views, picnic or spot passing whales. For another great South African drive see our guide to the Garden Route.

Combe Laval, France

Road to Sa Calobra, Mallorca, Spain

Step away from the beach and take to the road to explore Mallorca’s wild and beautiful scenery. One of the most incredible roads wends its way up the Serra de Tramuntana mountains and down to Sa Calobra, a little village by the coast. There are plenty of dramatic twists, turns and a fair few knee-wobbling sheer drops, but it’ll be worth it for the epic views of the craggy peaks and startling blue waters below. It’s one of Mallorca’s most fabled ascents for keen cyclists.

Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria

Khardung Pass, India

Going-to-the-Sun-Road, Montana, USA

With steep drops, sweeping views and dramatic weather, the Going-to-the-Sun-Road in the Glacier National Park is one of the world’s ultimate mountain roads. Started in 1921 and completed in 1932, it traverses the entire park, crossing the Continental Divide through Logan Pass at an elevation of 6,646 feet (2,025m). It goes for around 50 miles (80.5km) and is notoriously difficult to snowplow with up to 80 feet (24m) of snow – it can take 10 weeks to clear. Typically, the road is fully open from late June to October. Check out the most beautiful weekend road trip in every state.

Tianmen Mountain Road, China

Sani Pass, South Africa

The Atlantic Road, Norway

One of the world’s all-time most scenic roads, the Atlantic Road connects Averøy with the mainland, crossing a number of small islands and islets with a series of eight bridges. The serpentine highway on the mid-west coast opened in 1989 and offers up spectacular views of the wild Norwegian coastline at every twist and turn. Its most famous section is the striking Storseisundet Bridge, which at some angles appears as if it will drop drivers straight into the sea.

Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA

Driving Highway One from San Francisco to San Diego or vice versa is one of the USA’s most iconic road trips. But the most extraordinary part of the Pacific Coast Highway, as it’s also known, is Big Sur. Stretching from Carmel-by-Sea to Hearst Castle, it’s all crashing ocean, rugged cliffs and towering Redwood trees. The road has recently reopened to drivers after a major landslide closed it in 2017. Discover 32 unusual things you’ll find on a road trip through the USA.

Great Dolomites Road, Italy

Ravishing mountain scenery appears at every dizzying turn on the Great Dolomites Road, which strikes a route through the heart of northern Italy’s mountainous national park from Bolzano to Cortina d’Ampezzo. As well as the looming granite peaks, the road also snakes along past forested hills and pretty lakes and plunges into lush valleys. The section approaching Arabba will thrill driving enthusiasts with over 75 hairpin turns to tackle.

Skippers Road, Skippers Canyon, New Zealand

Abano Pass, Georgia

Remote, majestic and really tricky to get to, the Tusheti region is located on the northern slopes of the Great Caucasus Mountains. The only way to get there is by taking on the treacherous Abano Pass, a narrow, steep, winding and unpaved mountain route leading from Pashvili up to the village of Omalo. As well as facing oncoming traffic, your drive could be hampered by mist and the odd waterfall flowing across the track. The road is only open from late May to early October.

Zoji La Pass, India

Drivers must contend with extreme weather conditions and an extremely narrow and steep route on this hazardous road between Ladakh and Kashmir in India. As well as strong winds and landslides, there are no barriers to prevent vehicles from plunging down the steep gorge. The pass, which climbs to 11,500 feet (3,000m) above sea level on the edge of the Himalayas, is part of National Highway 1, which goes between Srinagar and Leh. 

Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China

Route 60, Chile

Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

It might be less than a mile but driving along the terrifying Guoliang Tunnel will feel like one of the longest drives in your life. The rocky tunnel was carved into China’s Taihang Mountains by 13 villagers in the 1970s who wanted a link to the rest of the Huixian, Xinxiang, Henan Province of China. Previously there had only been steep, narrow and dangerous stairs from Guoliang. Uneven and twisty, the tunnel has various “windows” where you can peer down the mountain…if you dare. Talk about dramatic!

Karakoram Highway, Pakistan and China

Another road on most die-hard adventurers’ bucket lists, this is one of the highest paved roads in the world. It also strikes a route through some of its most extreme landscapes. The impressive feat of engineering was started in 1959 and completed in 1979. It runs for around 800 miles (1,288km) from Abbottabad in Pakistan to Kashgar in Xinjiang in West China. The stretch from Gilgit to the Hunza Valley is the most dramatic. If you plan to cross the border at Khunjerab Pass (when travel is back on the agenda), go between May and December. 

The Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, New Zealand

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