The World’s 10 Most Amazing Highways

Often the journey becomes the best part of any vacation, and these ten highways around the world could be destinations all on their own.

1. Ruta 40, Argentina

At an incredible 3,045 miles long Ruta 40 is the longest road in Argentina stretching all the way from Puna to Cabo Virgins. The highway runs parallel to the Andes, and reaches almost 16,000 feet above sea level for a view like no other. You will cross 236 bridges, 18 major rivers, and 13 great lakes. The highway takes drivers across unpaved roads and some extremely remote areas, but the entire route is unlike anything in the world.

2. The Atlantic Roadway, Norway

Considered a National Tourist Route, the Atlantic Roadway is an absolute must-drive for any traveler. For five miles, the route leapfrogs from island to island, connecting the towns of Kristiansund and Molde in midwestern Norway. The road features four rest areas with amazing views that will leave you in total awe of the picturesque beauty.

3. Overseas Highway, Florida

No one said these highways had to be outside the U.S.! Built in 1928 this 113 mile highway goes from island to island and serves as the southernmost leg of US 1. Drivers get an amazing view of the beautiful turquoise waters surrounding them. The highway also goes through the largest area of coral reefs on the U.S. mainland, and is home to countless exotic animals.

4. Milford Road, New Zealand

This incredible 144 mile-long road takes drivers through the Fiordland National Park in the heart of the Southern Alps. The road is part of State Highway 94 and connects the town, Te Anau with Milford Sound which visitors might recognize as one of the filming locations for “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This is truly a road straight out of fantasy novels.

5. Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, United Arab Emirates

The Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road gives drivers panoramic views from the second highest peak in UAE. The snaking road carves a path through limestone and leads to the peak where visitors can access a hotel and restaurant (just in case you don’t want to head back down yet).

6. Stelvio Pass, Italy

Stelvio pass, located in northern Italy near the Swiss border is one of the most visited and most dangerous roads in the world. Built in the 1820s, it was and still is the highest drivable pass in the Eastern Alps. The precarious route zig zags just over 9,000 feet above sea level, and is home to bicycle races and motorcycle rallies. Maybe this road is one that you should just check out and leave the driving to the daredevils.

7. Cabot Trail, Canada

The 185 mile long Cabot Trails coils around the northern tip of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Drivers wind through a lush green forest that, aside from the road, seem completely untouched. Along the way there are restaurants, museums, art galleries, and plenty of outdoor activities for any traveler.

8. Scenic Highway 12, Utah

Scenic Highway 12 took nearly four decades to build, and it spans 124 miles. Travelers will be taken to elevations ranging from 5,000 to over 9,000 feet above sea level across the rugged landscape of southwestern Utah. The Scenic Highway is true to its namesake with break-taking views of mountains and rock formations all around you.

9. Great Ocean Road, Australia

Roll down the windows and feel the crisp salty air blow through your car as you drive right along the rugged southeastern coast of Australia. The Great Ocean Road runs from Torquay to Warrnambool in the state of Victoria. With incredible coastal views and whale lookout spots, the Great Ocean Road is the ultimate seaside route.

10. Col de Turini, France

The tight turns and heights of Col de Turini are like no others. Curving through the Alpes-Maritimes in the south of France, it reaches an elevation of 5,200 feet above sea level. The road is often used for the famous Monte Carlo Rally car race, and it has made appearances in the Tour de France.

There’s no reason not to make the journey the destination, hop in your Lincoln and find your own amazing routes!

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