To all those travel freaks who are crazy about exploring the world through roads, you might thrive in driving your cars on those ideal roads picturized in your mind. Those roads test your driving skills and give you a thrilling driving experience with their steep embankments and sharp curves.
Yes, such roads do exist in the real world, want to know the whereabouts of the 25 of the greatest driving roads on earth? This article is for you.
25 Finest Driving Roads On Earth
While every person goes crazy while driving through the world’s phenomenal roads that are structured just like the sculptor crafts his masterpiece. For those who are unaware of some of the world’s magnificent roadworks that can give you the most adventurous driving experience in your lifetime, read on and discover some of the magnificent structural designs of the world’s greatest driving roads.
#25. Conor Pass – Ireland
Now speaking about this Conor pass, you have to just hold onto your nerves while driving on this most adventurous ride of 12 km through this world’s steepest mountain pass. While along with those fast-racing heartbeats of yours, you can divert yourself with the beautiful scenery while you are driving on this mountain pass. You can sight some magnificent glaciers, and feel pleasant wind approaching from the corrie lakes, and below there is this thick spread of the valley.
Now, this mountain pass serves as a passage to travel from the north coast where there is the Kilmore Cross to the dingle town on the south coast of the Dingle peninsula. You experience those sharp twisting turns and those steep gradients of this mountain pass.
#24. Ruta 40 – Argentina
This road, covering around 5224kms is considered to be the longest national highway in Argentina country. Now the entire length of this road bears its starting point on the south Atlantic coast in the south tip and thereby proceeds towards the north where you get to stop by the Andes.
As you drive on this road you get to pass by some of the remote regions of Argentina where there is no human existence as well as the commercialized cities such as San Juan and Mendoza. Now you may get a roller-coaster drive experience on this road as you may come across some stretches of this road that are not packed with pavement and this may be a bit troublesome for you even with your car to get a smooth riding experience.
#23. White Rim Trail – Utah, USA
The journey on White Rim Trail in Utah passing through the Canyonlands National Park takes a long period may be around 2-3 days. Now all those bikers that go for long road journeys can opt for this road trip, also there are camp facilities to rest for the nights in between your road trip.
Although the length of this rim trail is around 103 miles in the shape of the loop, driving through it can be very tedious, especially routing through those high gradient stretches of this trail.
But this road trip you can enjoy with your friends like a small picnic or outing. So pack your meals and get ready for this drive on the white rim trail.
#22. Nurburgring Nordschleife – Germany
Nurburgring Nordschleife is a race track built in a huge sports complex known as Nurburgring in the year 1984. While this sports complex is specialized only for the motorsports such as the well-known Grand Pix race. Located in the city of Nurburg, Rhineland-Palatinate of Germany, this sports complex houses one Grand Pix race track that was built in 1984, and in 1920 Nordschleife “North loop” track was built covering its length in the Eifel mountains all around its villages and medieval castles.
This north loop track is around 20.830 km in length and it is claimed that there is at least a difference of 300 meters grade difference between the lowest point of this track when compared with its highest point.
Now since it is a Grand Pix race track you can achieve high driving speed here but these tracks are designated only for motorbikes. Now, this Nurburgring track is nicknamed “ The Green Hell”.
#21. Deals Gap, aka “Tail of The Dragon” – Tennessee, USA
You can call this road America’s top position-holder inroads for all motorbikers and sports car owners. In just 13 miles of the journey, you will encounter around 318 road curves, now you imagine how adventurous your journey might be.
This road is referred to as US 129. You can see that the road edges are covered with dense foggy mountains and then a little later you get to witness this Cherokee National Forest on your way. The great part of traveling on this road is that you can conveniently race your motorbikes or cars as there is no risk of you bumping into the traffic of the road intersections or driveways.
Now, this can be your dream road trip that you can take up in any season be it spring, summer, or winter, but you should get your heartbeats in control to witness this roller coaster ride, especially driving through those steep turns.
#20. Highway 1, aka “Big Sur” – California
This California “Big Sur” that falls in the Santa Lucia mountain range can be your life-thrilling road trip experience. The road passage is narrow and you can feel that peak grade of 5000 feet and also some lowest grades. So in short you experience some extreme driving situations on this roadway. As you pass by you can encounter all those hilly stretches bunched up with thick grass covers, redwood forests that are continuously getting poured with rain, and then the dry eastern slope.
Now, this road trip is very popular as it has been estimated that throughout the year there are about a total population of 3 million people coming here to enjoy the sightseeing of the Big Sur coastline.
This road trip can make you experience all those foggy atmospheres with the dampness on the roadway and the water droplets all over the forest trees.
#19. The Overseas Highway – Florida Keys
Completed in 1938 along the course of an ill-fated railroad that had been destroyed by a hurricane, the Overseas Highway (Rte. 1) leaps from island to island across 42 bridges as it arcs south-westward through the Florida Keys.
The journey, mostly over water, can take less than four hours, however, if you take time to enjoy the ocean and mangrove vistas along the roadway, plus the glorious sunrises and sunsets, there is potential for the journey to take longer. And holiday traffic congestion can add to the drive time.
#18. Los Caracoles Pass – Andes
The Los Caracoles pass through the harsh terrain of the Andreas Mountains on the way between Chile and Argentina.
The harsh incline of the pass features a number of sharp hairpins, and with no safety barriers and snow forecast for most of the year, the Los Caracoles is definitely one of the more challenging roads on our list.
The tough terrain requires a lot of skill and patience to negotiate, but despite the challenging surroundings the pass has a strong safety record and is well maintained with double-decker tourist buses traveling the route on a daily basis.
#17. Guoliang Tunnel Road – China
The Guoliang Tunnel is located high in the Taihanf Mountains situated in the Hunan Province of China. Built by 13 local villagers, the tunnel took around 5 years to build and cost the lives of many villagers in the process.
At 1200 meters long by 5 meters high and 4 meters wide, the tunnel has earned its name as one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Nevertheless, the Guoliang Tunnel is hugely popular among Chinese tourists and is a stunningly beautiful scenic route.
#16. Grimsel Pass – Switzerland
Located near Gletsch, Switzerland, the Grimsel Pass offers yet another spectacular hairpin climb up the Alps. The Grimsel Pass is 2165 m high and is a mountain pass between the valley of the Rhone River and the Haslital valley.
15. North Yungas “Road of Death” – Bolivia
Deep into the Bolivian Andes is the North Yungas Road, widely regarded as the most dangerous road in the world. Known as the ‘Death Road’ for its less than stellar safety record, the road covers a 70km stretch between La Paz and Coriocco over a decent of 3,600m which pits drivers against terrifyingly tight hairpins and narrow passages. All whilst trying to avoid an 800 m sheer drop.
On average, there is a fatal accident every couple of weeks on Yungas road, with the visible remains of accidents and the skeleton of numerous lorries and buses at the bottom of the abyss serving as a constant reminder of just how the Yungas earned its nickname.
#14. Trollstigen – Norway
The Trollstigen or ‘The Troll Ladder’ as it’s known in English, is a steep winding mountain road located in the Rauma region of Norway.
With its steep 9% gradient and incredible 11 hairpin bends, the Trollstigen is a popular tourist location for driving enthusiasts alike.
Drivers who manage to conquer the challenging road are rewarded with a viewing balcony at the top, offering spectacular views of the winding turns and the Stigfossen waterfall which also runs down the mountainside.
#13. Transfagarasanul Road – Romania
The Transfagarasanul is the highest road in Romania and it reaches almost 2000 m above sea level. It connects Muntenia and Transilvania, two historic parts of Romania. At its top, you can find Lake Balea, a glacial lake formed thousands of years ago.
There are also ruins of Poienari Castle, Vlad the Impaler’s real castle, lurking on this route, to get your blood flowing.
#12. Hana Highway – Maui
The Hana Highway is a 60-mile stretch of road that connects the small town of Hana to the rest of Maui. The Hana Highway winds its way past waterfalls, beaches, bridges, and spectacular ocean views.
With its 600 hairpin turns and 54 one-lane bridges, blind bends, and narrow pavement edged by cliffs, the Hana Highway makes for a challenging yet satisfying ocean drive.
#11. Great Ocean Road – Australia
The Great Ocean Road is more than a road – it’s a whole region, stretching from Geelong near Melbourne, westwards to the Victorian-South Australian border.
With impressive ocean views all along the way, you’ll also encounter a number of sights along the road ranging from resort towns and lighthouses to the Otways rain forest.
The 400-kilometre-long road was built between 1919 and 1932 by more than 3000 returned soldiers as a memorial for the 60,000 Australians killed in World War I.
#10. Lysebotn Road – Norway
The Lysebotn Road in Lysefjord, Norway includes 27 hairpins and an impressive 1.1 km long tunnel at the bottom — with 3 hairpins of its own. Awesome.
“The first half of this road was nothing too special, but then… then came the fun part! The last 30 km (18 miles) to Lysebotn were the most fun I have ever driven! This part of the road was a true roller-coaster! It was narrow but with a perfect surface, and you just sat there on the bike with a big smile on your face as you pushed on for some really active driving. Not a straight part of the road as far as you could see. It was up and down and left and right all the time! The road ends with a 27-hairpin serpentine road taking you from 1000 meters (3280 ft) above sea level down to Lysebotn and the Lysefjord. At the end of the serpentine road you go through a tunnel that screws itself 340 degrees through the mountain and as you come out of it (slightly dizzy) you have Lysebotn in front of you. If you ride a motorcycle in Norway, then this road is something you simply can not afford to miss!”
#9. Autobahn – Germany
First built in Germany in the 1920s, the Autobahns were the first high-speed roads in the world. Unlike the autobahns in Switzerland and Austria which have speed limits, the German Autobahns have no limits except at junctions and various danger points.
The first autobahn in Germany was used as a race track and sometimes still is. So when some people go to Germany, they are ready to put their car to the limit.
#8. Millau Viaduct – France
The Millau Viaduct is the world’s tallest vehicular bridge. Spanning the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France, this cable-stayed road bridge first opened for traffic on 16 December 2004.
The roadway has a slight slope of 3% descending from south to north, and curves in a plan section on a 20 km (12.4 miles) radius to give drivers better visibility. It carries two lanes of traffic in each direction.
The Millau Viaduct has one piers summit at 1,118 ft (341 meters), slightly higher than the Eiffel Tower and only 132 ft (40 m) shorter than the Empire State Building.
#7. Nufenen Pass – Switzerland
The Nufenen Pass is a high (2478 meters) mountain pass in the Swiss Alps.
With good all-round visibility, the Nufenen starts in the west alongside a wild stream leading into the hairpin sections as you begin your ascent up the mountain.
#6. Irohazaka – Japan
The winding road of the Iroha-zaka in Japan is the main route that connects central Nikko and Oku-Nikko.
Comprising 48 curves, the Iroha-zaka road has an ancient Japanese alphabet character displayed on each corner starting with l-to-ha (hence the name).
#5. Oberalp Pass – Switzerland
In the summer months, the Oberalp Pass provides an important link between Central Switzerland and the Graubünden Oberland and is popular among both car and truck drivers, as well as being a Mecca for motorcyclists.
In winter, on the other hand, the Oberalp Pass is closed to road traffic, and the road itself is used as a ski slope, toboggan run, and hiking trail.
#4. The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road – UAE
The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is arguably one of the greatest driving roads in the world. Spanning some 7.3 miles and climbing nearly 4,000 feet, the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road boasts a whopping 60 corners and a road surface so smooth you’d swear you were on a racetrack.
The road is cut into the Jebel Hafeet mountain that spans the border with Oman and lies about 90 minutes’ drive southeast of the thriving city of Dubai.
With a mixture of fast straights interspersed with sweeping curves that merge perfectly from one to another, the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road is a tight, technical, and thrilling driving experience.
#3. San Bernardino Pass – Switzerland
At a height of 2065 meters, the San Bernardino Pass is a high mountain pass across the Swiss Alps that connects the towns of Hinterrhein and Misox.
The pass which is one of the finest driving roads also features an impressive 6.6 km long tunnel with a limited speed limit of 80km/h (50mph).
With its beautiful scenic views, smooth roads, and a good share of hairpins and bends, the San Bernardino Pass easily earns its place as one of the perfect Alpine driving experiences.
#2. Col De Turini – France
Located in the South of France, the Col De Turini is a famous mountaintop range that is included as part of a 32 km rally stage starting from Sospel to La Bollène.
The Col De Turini is the highest point in the stage standing at 1607 metres and is one of the most dangerous and challenging stages in the WRC.
Along its long straights, the cars can reach speeds of up to 180 km/h, with the road 34 tight hairpins and jaw-dropping scenery making the Col De Turini one of the most exciting and driving roads in the world.
#1. Stelvio Pass – Italy
The Stelvio Pass is the second-highest paved mountain road in the Alps (2757 meters), and has long been a firm favorite with traveling motorists.
Regarded by many as being one of the most challenging roads in the world, the Stelvio Pass offers its visitors 60 hairpin bends 48 of them located on the northern/eastern ramp.
The northern side of the Stelvio Pass is by far more challenging, with the steep ascent offering little to no visibility for oncoming vehicles.
The southern/eastern ramp in comparison is far more gentle. Offering drivers wider, and faster hairpins with a more comfortable road surface.
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