10. To lovers of taiga (Amur highway)
Why should you drive 6000 km from Moscow? That is how much separates the capital from Chita, where the Amur highway begins. The ancient merchant city was once a Russian trading outpost on the border with China. Now the most beautiful track of Russia starts from it. It is unique in every way. Firstly, this is one of the most modern roads in the country - it meets all international standards (for Russia this is very rare). Secondly, the track runs through fantastically beautiful and almost untouched places - Transbaikalia and the Far East.
Taiga encircles both sides of the highway; roe deer and other animals pop up on the highway. The route picturesquely winds between the hills, then flying up, then descending into the lowlands, and not a soul around … Only here you understand what a huge country we are: from one settlement to another there are 50-100 km, and between them is the pristine Siberia.
9. Lovers of romance and relaxation in the Caribbean (Overseas Highway)
Having appreciated the beauty of the homeland, we will be transported to Florida. Sea Highway is a 205 km long track laid in the open ocean. It goes along long bridges (the longest stretching more than 10 km) and tiny islands of the Gulf of Mexico. The end point of the trip is Key West Island, located just 150 km from the coast of Cuba. Once upon a time, trains ran along this route, dumbing passengers with an absolutely incredible opportunity to breathe ocean freshness on the way to the resort.
The 1935 hurricane completely destroyed the railway - then it, which inevitably lost popularity due to mass motorization, was decided to be replaced by a highway. Since then, the ocean highway has been reconstructed more than once, and now it provides travelers with two lanes in each direction. On a weekday, this road can be overcome in four hours. The main thing is to choose the right departure time: it is best in the early morning or late evening. And then a bonus to the trip will be absolutely incredible in beauty views of sunrise or sunset over the ocean.
8. Movie lovers and the Wild West (Monument Valley)
The Monument Valley in Utah will provide an unforgettable landscape with bizarrely-clad red cliffs that wind and time. However, you probably already saw this beauty more than once on the movie screen. The unique locality has repeatedly attracted Hollywood masters for full-scale shooting, just remember “Forrest Gump” (the main character finishes his famous race just in this place) or the beginning of the third episode “Back to the Future”, where the Indians pursued De Lorean in 1885. The creators of the cartoon Cars, too, took inspiration from the creation of the background of the world in which their painted characters live in the Valley of Monuments.
In a word, if your cherished dream is wanderings in the American outback, then there is no better place to feel in the very heart of the Wild West. In addition, there is a real paradise for lovers of off-road driving. Even the famous Jeep "Jamboree Trail" is held in these parts. It’s best to drive into protected areas along Route 163, which runs from the Arizona border. Then you will begin to admire the unrealistic views of the surrounding nature long before approaching the ultimate goal.
7. Lovers of heights and engineering (Millau Viaduct)
Perhaps this is the shortest time option to enjoy the road. The Millot Viaduct, erected on the A75 motorway leading from Paris to Montpellier in southern France, is only 2.5 km long. This does not surprise anyone - in China, you can no longer count bridges with a length of 30 km or more. But the French viaduct has one remarkable characteristic, which does not allow us to ignore it - it is the highest bridge in the world! Its carriageway rises 270 m above the Tarn River valley, and the total height of the largest pylon reaches 343 m. You must admit that it is not often possible to drive a car over a bridge at such a height, and even admiring the beauties of the south of France stretching nearby.
However, the record height is not the only pride of the creators of the structure. Millo is the world's longest cable-stayed bridge, which is also slightly rounded in plan. By the way, the maximum permissible speed on the viaduct is reduced from 130 to 110 km / h - but not because of safety reasons. The authorities simply felt that it would be more convenient for people passing by to photograph the surroundings from the car window.
6. Fans of Japanese culture (Nikko Irohazaka)
We are moving to Asia. It is unlikely that there will be another road in the world loaded with such symbolism. A narrow one-lane mountain serpentine is located in the Japanese province of Tochigi and connects the towns of Nikko and Oku-Nikko. Once upon a time there was a sacred path of Buddhist monks in its place. On it, they climbed the mountain to perform the ceremony on the shore of a lake lost in the forests. Each bend of the trail - and there were forty eight of them - was designated as one of the main characters of the Japanese alphabet.
This tradition has survived to this day. In fact, there are even two separate roads - one leads up, the other down. But each has exactly forty-eight sharp turns-hairpins, still indicated by hieroglyphs. In a word, if you like fast Japanese cars, are interested in oriental culture and want to learn the local alphabet along the way, then you are definitely here.
5. Fans of fishing and northern beauties (Atlanterhavsveien)
We continue road linguistics. This Norwegian track has, in addition to the above, a much simpler name - Atlantic Road. Norway is famous for its beautiful roads laid along the shores of the fjords - but even if the locals call this track a miracle, something outstanding should be behind it, is not it? The road was built recently, in 1989, for purely practical reasons. Its eight-kilometer section can dramatically reduce travel time on highway No. 64, making a huge hook along the coast of the fjord unnecessary. At the mouth of the latter, using numerous islands and skerries, they decided to pave a new road.
The track, fancifully jumping from island to island, turned out to be so unusual that it soon became a local attraction. It has everything - open sections with an ocean view (for Norwegian roads pinched by rocks, this is not quite customary) and local fjords, a lot of unexpected turns due to the need to stay on clumps of land scattered in a mess, beautiful bridges. Soon, local residents discovered another advantage of the new route: going far into the ocean, it directly leads to places of amazing fishing, which previously could only be reached by water.
4. Lovers of skiing and bicycles (Passo dello Stelvio)
The Stelvio Pass on the border of the Italian provinces of Sondreo and Bolzano-Bosen, very close to Switzerland, has for a long time been of great strategic importance. In the first half of the 19th century, he separated from the Austrian Empire the then Lombardy that belonged to it. To communicate with the remote possession, a road was built through the alpine pass. The originally laid route was almost completely preserved to our time. Until now, this is the second highest mountain road (2757 m) in the Alps - the first place with an insignificant (some 23 m) advantage is held by the Col de Isleran in the French part of the Alps. But there is no equal in height difference and curvature of the road through the Stelvio Pass.
Sixty studs with steep descents and ascents between them require special skill from the driver. Especially if he does not intend to wander at a walking pace. Even Stirling Moss himself, taking part in classic car competitions, once flew off the road here. This place will attract the attention of those who are far from motorsport: there are many ski slopes nearby that operate even in summer, and the Giro d'Italia bicycle race route runs along the road itself.
3. Motorsports enthusiasts (Col de Turini)
Col de turini
But this serpentine - a cult for fans of motor sports. The Col de Turini special stage has been the culmination of the Monte Carlo Rally for several decades. Thirty kilometers of narrow, winding along the slopes of the road with 34 hairpins and long straight lines, where cars accelerate in two hundred - every self-respecting rally driver, and just a speed fan, is simply obliged to overcome this route. Even during the day, even when dry asphalt is under the wheels, it gives amazing experience.
And what is it like in winter, and even at night! Indeed, until recent years, the start of the rally special at the Col de Turini was given only at dusk. No wonder motorsport fans considered the night race one of the most exciting and dangerous shows. She even got the awesome nickname “Night of the Long Knives” - because of the tearing up darkness of the headlights of rally cars.
2. Lovers of Count Dracula (Transfagarasan)
The once most secret road of socialist Romania. After the invasion of Soviet troops into Czechoslovakia, Nicolae Ceausescu decided to play safe in case of a similar incident with his country. To quickly transfer troops across the Carpathian ridge, in 1970 they began to build a unique road from Pitesti to Sibiu, which for the first time directly connected two historical regions of the country - Transylvania and Wallachia. The track is still considered one of the most expensive projects of this kind, despite the fact that it was pierced by a free army of soldiers. During the blasting operations spent 6, 000 tons of explosives, built five tunnels. One of them, 884 m long, is the longest in Romania. And while deprived of any lighting.
The construction of the track claimed several hundred soldiers' lives and was completed at the cost of incredible efforts in 1974. Ninety kilometers of asphalt crossed the Carpathians at their highest point in Romania. The highest achievement is 2034 m above sea level. The victory over nature turned out to be pyrrhic: due to snow drifts, the road was closed most of the year - from October to June. But even in August, heavy snowfalls occur here, completely blocking the movement. In a word, this is one of the most beautiful, sinister and inaccessible roads in the world. No wonder nearby is the castle of Count Dracula.