It is always difficult to make a list of the best, but we have selected ten different routes in five continents and because of its beauty, spectacularity or symbology ... or all three! Here our personal selection but do not hesitate to tell us yours.
Big Sur, California
Uniting the north of California with Los Angeles is this famous American road, a mandatory route for all visitors of that great state. The California State Route 1 boasts nearly 140 miles on the Pacific coastline on the stretch of a Carmel-by-the-Sea with San Simeon. The road winds through cliffs overlooking the sea, so for most of the time the view is spectacular and the coves that create the ocean are beautiful.
Passo dello Stelvio, Italy
The 48 bends of the Stelvio pass between Valtellina and Merano are perhaps the most famous among European travelers. Located at 2,757 meters above sea level, the 180 degree curves link Italy and Switzerland in the heart of the Alps. And best of all is that if we have known a little we can continue the search for curves in other alpine landscapes without fear of disappointment, both landscaping and curves. No wonder it's such a popular destination.
Skyline Drive, Virginia
Not as popular as other American highways, the 'horizon highway' is a curvaceous asphalt ribbon that runs along the ridge of a ridge called the Blue Montain Ridge. There are 170 kilometers of views from the top, with spectacular scenery, especially in the autumn, when the different shades of the leaves of the trees.
Atlantic Road, Norway
The Atlantic road links two islands to the spectacular Norwegian coast, Molde and Kristiansund. The eight bridges that link together create fantastic views of the fjords and the spectacular mountains of the coast. The liveliness of the landscape is complemented by the presence of seals and whales as spectators of luxury. It is only eight kilometers, but even the Guardian newspaper highlights it as one of the best trips that can be made.
Serra Río do Rastro, Brazil
250 bends in only 8 kilometers, descending from 1500 meters to sea level. These are the impressive numbers of this mountain road that joins the towns of Lauro Müller and Bom Jardin, in the region of Santa Catarina. And also the almost jungle landscape is spectacular, where lakes and waterfalls abound.
Overseas Highway, Florida
Known as the Cayos Highway, the name by which the more than 1,700 small islands that flow from the Florida peninsula to the Caribbean Sea are known. This spectacular motorway creates the sensation of moving above the water to the horizon and beyond. The always sunny Southern state makes the 205 kilometers of passage a pleasure although in the heat of summer there is always a lot of traffic.
The Trollstigen or Norwegian Trollstigen is a road that connects Andalsnes with Valldal and crosses some rivers that descend with fury from the high mountains that surround it. In fact if we manage to climb it, we will find at the top a spectacular viewpoint where we can appreciate the Stigfossen waterfall and its tremendous fall of more than 300 meters downhill.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
In the southeast of the Australian coast, between the cities of Torquay and Allansford (in the Victoria region), there are 240 kilometers of amazing landscapes at the edge of the ocean. The Great Ocean Road is not well known outside the mainland, but the natural spectacle it offers is remarkable, especially in the rock formation of the 12 Apostles, a limestone needle that protrudes from the sea near the coast.
Linking the regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, the Transfăgărăşan or also called DN7C is the funniest road in Romania ... and maybe also in Europe. It is not a small stretch full of curves, but of up to 90 kilometers of zigzagging asphalt with very technical stretches. Alternating the mountain passes with valleys, it is certainly a paradise for driving.
Rute 66, United States