The conventional holidaying practice of going somewhere and spending sometime is undergoing a huge transformation with the idea of long-drives these days. The conventional method of spending less time during travel and giving more weightage to the destination has been transformed altogether with the tight holiday schedules these days. The drive too is now a part of the holidaying experience and sometimes a major one! Let us rediscover some of the best breathtaking and impressive drives from all over the world, so come and join the thrill!
TRANSFAGARASAN HIGHWAY, ROMANIA
Europe is full of mountainous roads with grand sceneric views, but the transfagarasan highway tops the list with it’s breathtaking surroundings. It is also known as Ceaușescu’s Folly, and is a paved mountain road crossing the southern section of the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. It is built between the two highest peaks in the country and stretches upto about 90 kms and is one of the most paved road. It is a winding road, dotted with steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents. It has the maximum number of tunnels and viaducts in Romania.
GOING-TO-THE-SUN ROAD, MONTANA, USA
Situated in the Rocky Mountains of the western US, in the Glacier National Park in Montana, Going-to-the-Sun Road is a marvellous piece of nature. The road is at an elevation of 6,646 feet and the only road that travels through the Glacier National Park. This is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow in the spring and provides a great driving experience. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is two lane and is quite narrow and twisting, especially at the west of Logan Pass. Going-to-the-Sun Road is also filmed in the beginning credits of the 1980 film “The Shining”. In 1983, the Going-To-The-Sun Road was included in the US National Register of Historic Places and in 1985, it was made an US National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
Milford Road, New Zealand
The Milford Road, although the route to Milford Sound is actually a lifetime experience: it’s an unforgettable journey into the heart of Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area. There are many spots for photos on the way revealing the most striking and eye holding features of the route. This is a busy, winding road and takes much longer to drive than the distance suggests. This is a truly epic drive in all respects!
CHAPMAN’S PEAK DRIVE, SOUTH AFRICA
Chapman’s Peak is a mountain located at the western side of the Cape Peninsula, in between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in Cape Town, South Africa. . This is one of the best marine drives of the world with respect to natural beauty. The length of the route is 9 km, and has 114 curves. It defines the rocky coastline of Chapman’s Peak (593m or 1768 feet tall), has drops to the sea below and high mountains rising above you. The drive is also called “Chappies” and provides spectacular 180° views.
These are just a few out of the list, so don’t sit back, pack up and start for something refreshing and new!