Best Roads to Drive Around the World
For epic adventures and unforgettable memories, travel through the winding, adrenaline pumping roads where the scenes are as inspiring as the route itself. Here are ten of the best roads to drive along around the world.
1. Millau Viaduct, Southern France
A stunning drive in all conditions, venture over the tallest bridge in the world at a massive 343-metres high. This motorway (as seen in the picture above), with its iconic six peaks, carries the A75 in Southern France. It stretches over the rolling valley of the River Tarn with indescribable views across the lush nature. When you’re driving in France make sure you’re well prepared with this RAC road trip planning guide, to ensure you have everything you need for a road trip in Europe.
2. Trollstigen, Norway
Winding through the mountains by the western coast of Norway, the famous Troll Road twists and turns deep into the rugged valley. Hold onto your stomach as the one-laned road bends through 11 adrenaline pumping hairpins while continuing down a steep gradient for a huge 55 km.
3. Fort William, Scotland
108 miles of remarkable scenery, drive from Glasgow to Fort William through the rugged landscape of Loch Lomond. With rolling hills, glistening lakes, wild terrain and plenty of animals to see, the drive will be unforgettable.
4. Great Ocean Road, Australia
With surfing spots, hives of rainforests and koala-filled canopies, the Great Ocean Road is a sizzling summer delight. Drive the 243 km in search of isolated beaches, misty waterfalls and the natural wonders of the 12 limestone Apostles. This is one of the most incredible road trips in Australia and the scenery will leave you spellbound.
5. Stelvio Pass, Eastern Alps, Italy
Arguably Europe’s most spectacular roads, this journey takes you through the picturesque alpine forest, past idyllic villages and into dramatic scenes of the snowy Alps. Negotiate through 48 hairpin curves, down into the valley floor where the views up to the scaling mountains are even more impressive. Even though the views are incredible, this place is remote so you wouldn’t want to get stranded here. Make sure you have European breakdown cover before you take this momentous trip.
6. Seven Mile Bridge, Florida, USA
One of the longest bridges in the world, the seven-mile highways connects Little Duck Key with Marathon. The strip of road floats on a blanket of aqua blue with the panoramic views across the Gulf of Mexico. It’s certainly a drive you need to take, especially in the sunshine.
7. Tianmen Mountain Road, Hunan, China
Explore one of the most beautiful mountains in the world in an epic road trip down the Tianmen Mountains near Zhangjiajie City. The views are incredible, as you navigate slowly and carefully through its 99 bends, taking in the impressive cliffs and mesmerising views of the famous Heaven’s Door. Driving this route can be risky so you might want to book a China tour.
8. Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa
Skirting around a cliff’s edge, this road was etched into the face of a mountain near the western side of the Cape Peninsula. Travel 15 km from Cape Town for the 9 km drive around the 114 curves that offer undisturbed views of the sparkling Atlantic.
9. Cheddar Gorge, UK
In the South West of the UK, the drive around Cheddar Gorge, in Somerset, into the surrounding caves and cliffs is beautiful. With views of 27 striking limestone rock formations and wild nature in the Mendip Hills, this part of the country is worth exploring.
10. White Rim Road, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Navigating through the Canyonlands National Park is not for the faint-hearted and you certainly need a sturdy four-wheel drive. If you’re up for an adventure, follow the rough terrain down the 100 miles of rocky paths to view the outstanding, otherworldly setting of craters and gorges. Other options include booking a USA overland tours where you will get an experienced guide and driver to show you the highlights.