It’s that time of the year when you want to leave your routine life behind and grab your sunglasses, fuel up your tank and embark on an exploring journey on your wheels. While airplanes devoid you of the beauty, rails too can’t give you the best of the exquisiteness. The best way to travel to admire the beauty of the nature is by travelling at your own pace.
Get the best of adventure, thrill, and amazement and see inspiring beauty by going on amazing roads trips. Here’s an exhaustive list of the most remarkable routes to go on a road trip.
Flower Route Netherlands
Starting at the northernmost point of Bollenstreek route at the Haarlem and running up till Leiden to the south, the flower route in Netherland is straight out of the Yash Chopra movie. Mesmerizingly beautiful strips of thick flower fields give you the feel of cruising through a paradise stretching to a good 40kms.
Tip:Try driving through during weekdays when there is less traffic to best admire the beauty of this place.
Cherhola Skyway, Tennessee – North Carolina
Cruise along the Highwood forests through the thickest and densest of greens while passing alongside the splashing waterfalls. Start from Tellico plains and pass through the Cherokee and Nantahala national forest, bald river falls and witness the forests’ erupting colors that will make you fall in love with life.
Tip: For best of serenity and beauty, drive through this skyway during spring to fall to witness the natural beauty at its best.
Guoling Tunnel Road, China
Located in the deepest and remote region of China the Guoling tunnel road can easily be included in the list of the most scariest roads, but if you have that adrenaline rush to go on the road less taken, then this tunnel may just give you the required high. Built by 13 villagers over the span of 5 years, this tunnel can allow only two vehicles to pass at a time.
Tip:Avoid going during rains, as it gets slippery. You certainly don’t want to fall of those cliffs.
Manali to Leh
India is a preferred land for most road trip enthusiasts and Manali to Leh tops the list of favorites of all those who have been there. A 474kms journey with the most amazing landscape views, mountain terrains, and the surprising ecosystem will leave you awestruck. The high altitude of this road gives you the feel of cruising through the skies.
Tip:Visit this paradisiacal place during June to September to get the best view. And don’t forget to opt for a cruiser bike.
Seward Highway, Alaska
Starting at Anchorage and ending at the harbor town of Seward on Resurrection Bay, this highway is devoid of tollbooths, billboards, and has fewer amenities but abundant beauty, stout ponds and ocean fjords. While on the highway pass through the amazing bird creek, Turnagain Pass, Portage Valley, Mount Alyeska, and Canyon Creek and witness nature at its best.
Tip:Fill gas in your vehicle as there are hardly some gas stations. Go in summer season for the best views.
Atlantic Road, Norway
Take the Atlantic road for its wild nature and sharp turns to embark on an astounding road trip. This zigzag road across the low bridges linking islands is one of the must experience road trips. While it can be really rugged during stormy weather, it offers an excellent view during summers. However, some adventurous enthusiasts travel this highway especially during autumn to experience the stormy weather.
Tip:Don’t forget to pack your fishing rods while going through this road during summer. It is an excellent fishing spot for tourists.
Furka Pass, Switzerland
At an elevation of 7976ft above the sea level, the Furka Pass in Switzerland is also one of the highest mountain passes in the Alps. On the backdrop of famous Rhone glacier, the road has innumerable twists and turns along with stunning views as long as your sight goes.
Tip: Don’t speed up, take a lot of time and soak in all the views. There are plenty of stop-bys for snacks and tea. Go in summers as the pass is closed in winters.
Karakoram Highway, China/Pakistan
Considered as one of the classic journeys in the world to travel by the road, the KKH (Karakoram Highway) is the highest international road in the world. For devoted cyclists, it is the ultimate challenge. However, there are many border restrictions from both China and Pakistan sides. This highest paved international road of the world has breathtakingly beautiful views and stunning hairpin bends.
Tip:If you are a biker or a cyclist, test yourself here. Avoid going during monsoon as the area is prone to landslides.
Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, UAE
Rated as the greatest driving roads by many leading magazines, the Jebel Hafeet Mountain road in UAE has everything in its 21 turns; from steep hairpin turns to fast sweeps. The super smooth surface allows you to enjoy your drive at a high speed and least usage of brakes.
Tip:Manage to rent a supercar for a day and enjoy a luxury ride on the highway back n forth tirelessly.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
This 255 km long stretch offers you the best of beauty and the finest undulating curves. Witness the spectacular limestone shacks left ashore due to continuous erosion alongside the retreating coastline. This road once taken will for sure be in your list of the most amazing scenic coastal drives. Stop for gurgling waterfalls and surf breaks.
Tip:Stop on your way to taste the wine of the local wine makers while taking a stroll on the stunning coastline.
The passing winds, the amazing views and the thrill of driving through the scariest of the man made boulevards makes road trips worth the effort.