Traffic jams, the daily
commute; somehow everyday driving never quite lives up to the endless roads
they show in car commercials. If you dream of just packing a bag, filling up
the tank, and seeing where the wind takes you, now might be the perfect time to
take that road trip on one of these jaw-droppingly scenic roads.
Great
Ocean Road, Australia

This 151-mile route has it
all: mind-blowing scenery, wide expansive roads, and you might even spot a
kangaroo or two along the way.
Alaska
Highway, Canada — Alaska

If the thought of winding
mountain roads and grizzly bear encounters doesn’t put you off, you will be
rewarded with some incredible views over the glittering lakes of the Rockies.
Romantic
Road, Germany

If driving through countryside
straight out of a fairytale is your thing, head to Germany. This mythically
beautiful route will take you through medieval towns and flourishing meadows.
Atlantic
Ocean Road, Norway

You might not have heard of
it, but this dramatic coastal route that takes you over the iconic
Storseisundet Bridge is one of the world’s best for road-tripping holiday
makers.
Karakoram
Highway, Pakistan

This road is the highest paved
international road in the world, connecting Western China and Pakistan. The
peak point of the highway is right at the border of these countries: at about
4,800 m, it’s almost as tall as Mont Blanc, which is 4,810 m, and 400 m higher
than Mount Whitney, the tallest peak of the 48 contiguous US states. Just
imagine the view from it!
North
Coast 500, Scotland

This relative newcomer to the
road-tripping scene offers all who travel its 500 miles a slice of Scottish
soul in the form of fairytale castles, rugged beaches, and atmospheric ruins.
Ring
Road, Iceland

Often, and justifiably, called
the Ultimate Road Trip, a drive through Iceland’s stunning and other-worldly
landscapes is one you will never forget. Volcanoes, fjords, and geothermal
pools — you definitely won’t experience this kind of scenery on Route 66.
Grossglockner
High Alpine Road, Austria

Not one for the faint-hearted,
this route climbs Alpine peaks reaching over 8,000 feet. At the top you’ll be
rewarded by golden eagles circling in the bluest, clearest sky imaginable.
Trans-Andean
Highway, Chile — Argentina

Spanning two spectacular
countries, this sensational 226-mile road runs from Santiago in Chile to
Mendoza in Argentina, so remember to pack your passport in the glove box.
Blue
Ridge Parkway, Virginia — North Carolina

Utter bliss for those who just
want to drive and drive, this route doesn’t have a single stop sign or traffic
light. Though you might want to occasionally admire the romantic blue haze that
lingers around the mountains from a distance.
Amalfi
Coast, Italy

Lush mountains, colorful
villages, and crystal-clear waters: it’s no wonder this coastal route features
in so many movies and is officially recognized as a World Heritage site.

Milford
Road (Highway 94), New Zealand

Thanks to the Lord of the
Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s heart-stopping beauty is no secret anymore. But
luckily you can still drive for miles and miles without seeing anything but
forests, mountains, and lakes…..and perhaps a hobbit if you’re really lucky.
Bonus:
Le Passage du Gois, France

All over the Internet, this
road is Photoshopped into a horrifying image, yet this is how the amazing path
looks in real life:

This beautiful sight is in
France. Even when it’s not Photoshopped, it is a sight to see.
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.