Nothing says stress buster like a good long drive on a long scenic route. Driving doesn’t always have to be about reaching the destination. The journey in itself can be far more rewarding. With smoothly laid roads connecting every city to the world, any highway can suffice for letting your hair blow with the wind, breathing in the fresh cold air breezing by.
Driving on roads alongside the ocean, or winding routes through lush green forests; awe-striking bridges and mountain paths. For those who love driving, there’s perhaps no other way to experience a real landscape than by driving along it, drinking in the picturesque sights.
Here are 5 breathtaking roads that will lead you to heaven on earth:
Highway 1, Big Sur, California
This gorgeous route is an important north-south state highway that boasts of some of the most spectacular coastlines in the United States. Fondly named the All-American Road, Highway 1 extends almost along the entire length of the Pacific coast of California. The road leads you drive through San Carpoforo Creek to the Carmel River, winding through the Big Sur region, clinging to the coastal parks. The road also stretches away from the coast crossing old bridges to make its way through the Big Sur River valleyâ€™s redwood forest.
The Atlantic Road, Norway
The highly acclaimed and critically applauded National Tourist Route of Norway stretches for 8.3 kilometers (5.2 miles) on Country Road 64 which connects the towns of Kristiansund and Molde. The delightful route twists and turns its way through islands, over water bodies via causeways and eight bridges. The local scenery and thrilling water view will leave you breathless.
Tianmen Mountain Road, Hunan, China
This exotic mountain road winds over the Tianmen Mountain, located in Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in northwestern Hunan Province, China. The 11km road will lead you to the top of the mountain to Tianmen cave. The high rising, lush green peaks kissing the cloudless sky will delight you to no end as you hold on for dear life navigating through the 99 hairpin bends. A road for the daring, the ones that thrive on the thrill of adrenaline.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
This Australian National Heritage route offers a 243-kilometer long stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the historic cities of Torquay and Warrnambool. The road is the worldâ€™s largest war memorial and is en route to many significant landmarks, most notably the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations.
Karakoram Highway, China/Pakistan
The worldâ€™s highest paved international road and it makes its way through the mighty Karakoram mountain range, connecting China and Pakistan by the Khunjerab Pass at a mind blowing altitude of more than 15000 meters. The severe weather conditions and challenging terrain under which it was constructed has led it to be popularly called the eighth wonder of the world. This is the home of the Gods, the raw, unaltered form of extreme nature.
So next time you’re traveling, don’t be so obsessed with the destination. Take the time to explore the route you’re on; let the journey be an experience of its own. Let the road take you where it may.