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The World’s Most Spectacular Roads

10. Stelvio Pass, Italy

48 hairpin turns up to a 2757m (9045ft) pass in the Italian Alps, and Top Gear’s pick for “greatest driving road in the world.” Photo: Damian Morys Foto
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09. Cabot Trail, Canada

Wrapping around northern Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, the Cabot Trail is mountainous and windy with near-constant ocean views. I recommend biking it.
Photo: kennymatic

08. I-70 at Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

The Colorado River, of Grand Canyon fame, carved this canyon billions of years ago. The U.S. government built the 12-mile, $490 million interstate route through it, which was only completed in 1992.
Photo: Payton Chung

07. Millau Bridge, France

Southern France’s Millau Bridge is the tallest in the world — taller, actually, than the Eiffel Tower.
Photo: Tibchris

06. Karakoram Highway, Pakistan

The “highest paved international road in the world” connects Pakistan with Xinjiang, China. It is currently closed at the Hunza Valley due to a massive landslide.
Photo: Umair Mohsin

05. Mountain road, Snowdonia, Wales

Mountainous northern Wales is traversed by many of these ancient, narrow, stone-walled roads. I’ve experienced the challenge of navigating them at night. With oncoming traffic. Car renters beware.
Photo: Richard0

04. Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa

Another great coastal road, this one just 15 miles south of Cape Town.
Photo: Raveesh Vyas

03. Mountain road, central Peru

Most mountain pass roads in Peru qualify as “spectacular.” This one runs north from the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo and is part of the car route to Machu Picchu.
Photo: ThiagoJ

02. Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys

U.S. Highway 1 runs for miles over the water, connecting the Florida Keys to the mainland. It includes this long span of bridge.
Photo: Milan.Boers

01. Gotthard Pass, Switzerland

Traveling north from Italy into Switzerland, you’ll come to Gotthard Pass, which you can cross on either the new, straightforward road, or the old roller coaster above. My money’s on the latter.


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