15 Places That Will Amaze Anyone Who Loves Road Trips

15 Places That Will Amaze Anyone Who Loves Road Trips
Travel is food for the soul
and a road trip is the best kind of experience one can have. It allows you to
enjoy the place at your own pace — pausing the moments and capturing them at
your will. While there are infinite roads to travel down, some roads have that
“something special” about them — be it the landscape, the curves, the turns, or
just the diversity of the route.
Here’s a compilation by Bright
Side of 15 amazing roads you should definitely take a trip through, which will
surely give you the experience of a lifetime.
1. The Road to Red Beach,
China

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Located at Panjin in the
Chinese province of Liaoning, this road drives you through a beach, that is
actually not a beach. It is, in fact, the world’s largest marshy wetland —
where the water is covered with moss. When autumn comes the moss in this area transforms
into a soothing crimson color, standing in stark contrast to the yellow fields
beside it. Dividing the 2 is a long stretch of road with green borders.
2. National Highway 22, India

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Located in scenic Himachal
Pradesh, India — feel the mountain closing in on you as you drive down one of
the most dangerous roads in the world. A number of unpredictable, sharp bends
provide some real adventure and the curvy roads raise your adrenaline levels.
You’ll see 2 vehicles passing each other, while there is barely ample space for
one. Enjoy the majestic mountains as you drive through one of the busiest
mountain roads in India. Hold on tight, this one might be a bumpy ride!
3. Stelvio Pass, Italy

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With an elevation of 9,045 ft,
Stelvio Pass is the highest paved roadway in the Eastern Alps. Famous for its
Giro d’Italia cycling race, the road is only accessible during the summer
season. Skip the car drive and opt for a bike ride — feeling the Italian winds
blowing through your hair while riding through one of the best roads in the
world is priceless.
4. The Atlantic Ocean Road,
Norway

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Honored as the Construction of
the Century in 2005, it is one of the most captivating and thrilling roads in
the world. With the mighty Atlantic Ocean as the scenic backdrop, the highway
connects the island of Averøy with the mainland via a series of 8 small
islands, offering some lush green coastal landscapes en route. The journey is
different every time you travel — depending on what the ocean has to offer!
5. The Seven Mile Bridge, USA
15 Places That Will Amaze Anyone Who Loves Road Trips
Often called “The Doorway to
the Keys,” this bridge connects the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys in Florida,
in the US. The bridge is part of the famous Overseas Highway (aka U.S. Route 1)
— one of the routes you must travel at least once in your lifetime. The entire
highway has a pristine view of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico
and offers the best of Florida coastal landscapes. Be enchanted with the
changing hues of the sea water and the infinite sky as you capture the
unforgettable vistas in your heart.
6. The Desert Road, U.A.E.

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This endless stretch in the
vast desert will surely calm your nerves. Just imagine the sweltering sun, the
smooth sand, and your swift ride — encounter nature’s arid side and feel the
immortality and the renewability of the desert while driving down this road in
Dubai. Experience for yourself how the journey becomes more beautiful than the
destination!
7. Dzuluk Road, India
15 Places That Will Amaze Anyone Who Loves Road Trips
Once part of the ancient Silk
Road, this road in Sikkim has about 100 hairpin turns in a distance of just 30
km. Offering the best view of the crown of Himalayas, this is one of the most
dizzying roads in the world. Even the most experienced drivers can get deceived
by the unpredictability of the turns. This road is not for the weak-hearted and
requires a special permit to be accessed.
8. Xingshan Water Highway,
China


Considered to be one of the
most beautiful roads in the world, this highway is built over a river in
Xingshan, China. To keep nature in its pristine form and avoid cutting through
the hills and the woods, this highway was built on the water — following the
curve of the river. It has some of the most vivid views of the mountain, which
keeps you mesmerized and astonished. As a conscious decision toward
conservation, this highway is an example of how humankind and nature can be in
harmony.
9. Highway 12, USA

15 Places That Will Amaze Anyone Who Loves Road Trips
This highway, that passes
through Utah, is a perfect canvas for painting your next adventure. Rightly
called “A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway,” one often gets lost in the
timelessness of the landscape while driving through it. Be astounded by the
high alpine scenery — natural rock sculptures polished by the wind, quaint
rural towns, picture-perfect panoramas, and long stretches of road and infinity
to discover.
10. Ruta 40, Argentina
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With the gorgeous Andes
Mountain range running parallel, this highway is well-known for its adventure
tourism. Its hairpin bends, gravel paths, and deserted stretches make for one
heck of a ride, especially with the number of horror stories associated with
this route. Travel the complete stretch and experience almost everything that
nature has to offer — mountains, sea, desert, and forest. Travel through here
to get to know the country from the inside out.
11. Passage du Gois, France


Connecting the Île de
Noirmoutier island with the mainland, this natural passage is open for only a
few hours a day. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the
world since the complete path gets submerged underwater during high tide.
Driving through this 4.3 km, uneven, stone-paved road is truly an adventure
because if you’re not driving during low tide, your car will probably sink.
12. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland

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Formerly known as Monte
Tremolo, the Gotthard Pass is one of the most scenic highways in the world for
a road trip. With its serpentine roads and the beautiful Swiss Alps as the
backdrop, it offers breathtaking views and undoubtedly, some of the best
memories of the Alps. Though, don’t get too enraptured with its beauty, since
the road does have many sharp twists and turns.
13. Forgotten World Highway,
New Zealand

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According to its name, this
highway is mysterious and eerie to the extreme, being the country’s oldest
heritage trail. Located in Stratford, the highway embraces the rugged terrains
of New Zealand. It’s often described by the locals as, “a bit upsy-downsy,”
because the road provides a true roller coaster experience.
14. The Great Ocean Road,
Australia

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One of the best marine drives
in the world, the Great Ocean Road runs along the southern boundary of
Australia. It is the world’s largest war memorial, dedicated to soldiers killed
during World War I. It offers some of the most surreal views of sculpted rocks
and an exquisite panorama of the Southern Ocean. A 3-day tour on this route
gives you the best that the country’s coast has to offer.
15. The Ring Road, Iceland
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The Icelandic Ring Road, or
Route 1, is one of the most scenic drives through nature — where you’ll see
volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, beautiful fjords, and snow-peaked mountains. A
number of popular tourist attractions can be accessed through this highway,
including the black sand beaches of Iceland. If you happen to be traveling
during the winter months and get really lucky, you may also witness the magic
of the aurora borealis or the Northern Lights.
Let out the wanderer in you
and get ready to explore the world. Because in the end it won’t matter how many
days you’ve lived, but how many of your days had life in them. To travel is to
live. Did this article feed your wanderlust? Tell us your experience with the
amazing roads trips you have taken in the comments!

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.