The world is getting smaller. Not literally, of course, but figuratively speaking. The transport infrastructure we currently enjoy is the best in human history and has expanded humanity’s capacity to experience the dazzling beauty of our planet to an extent that previous generations could only have dreamed of.
With a myriad of options available to choose and various websites that make planning journeys more straightforward, it’s tempting to go for the easiest, most convenient option. But what’s wrong with getting out on the open road and seeing things the old-fashioned way? In this article, we list the five best driving roads our planet has to offer.
Highway One, California
A true American icon. Even the name of it is enough to evoke romanticized images of that specifically American sense of restless freedom conjured up in Jack Kerouac’s classic novel Big Sur, which takes its name from the section of Highway One that follows the Pacific coast. With breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean on one side and rolling valleys on the other, taking a trip down Highway One will live up to your expectations.
Atlantic Road, Norway
At the other end of the spectrum, the bleak yet beautiful landscape of Norway’s Atlantic coast is the reward for those travelers intrepid enough to brave the harsh yet equally compelling landscape of Scandinavia. To get the most out of this trip, it is advisable to plan your journey around the good weather that comes during Norway’s long summers
Ring Road, Iceland
Going further north still, traversing this inimitable stretch of road which encompasses the circumference of this tiny island is a truly unique experience. Iceland’s terrain is stark and could be mistaken for an alien land, yet there is a certain savage beauty to be witnessed if one can look at it with the right kind of eyes.
Valley of Fire Road, Nevada
Coming back to the U.S.A. now, with a trip through Nevada, the state that boasts Lake Tahoe, one of the top tourist attractions in the U.S.A. The unmistakable scenery of Nevada with its flame-red rock and sheer cliff faces is the stuff of Western movie legend. This stunning yet inhospitable backdrop will make your road trip feel like a scene an epic cowboy movie. Don’t underestimate the dangers of this landscape, however; plan ahead and always ensure you have enough supplies to keep you going in case of emergency.
Ruta 40, Argentina
Argentina is one of the world’s narrowest, longest countries, measuring nearly 3,000 miles from north to south. The infamous Ruta 40 stretches from the country’s southern extremity in the southern cone up to the far northern border with Bolivia. There are sections of this road that so are so straight that several careless drivers have been known to fall asleep at the wheel. Ruta 40 was also one of the roads taken by Che Guevarra and his friend Alberto Granada during their road trip from their native Buenos Aires to Chile, which would later become famous as the movie “The Motorcycle Diaries.”