10 most beautiful roads of the world
Just drive through any road of our list is enough to spend a holiday amazing! After all, the way you can see the most beautiful places of our planet and feel the spirit of life on wheels. Forget the place will never be.
We publish an article explaining the most stunningly beautiful roads in the world.
1. At the edge of a precipice. France Verdon Gorge
Grand Canyon, but not in the US? Rocky gorge, but not in the wilderness? How named Verdon Gorge, the fact remains - today it is the largest canyon in Europe: its length is 25 kilometers, and its depth reaches 700 meters! Although the scale of the Verdon Gorge and inferior Arizona canyon, but clearly surpasses it in beauty: in spring and summer, the trees and shrubs covered with a thick layer of slopes, grazing only just before the steep cliffs. To go round the valley around, take a whole day, but here only a hundred kilometers. But they all consist entirely of curves, climbs and descents, man-made tunnels and passages under the overhanging head and hides the sky rocks.
2. Bysoko in the mountains. Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan: Pamir Highway
Travelers are always attracted to the place marked "most-most": the northernmost point of Europe, the westernmost point of Russia's highest mountain, the deepest depression. Pamir Highway - one of those places. After all, the most mountainous road in the territory of the former USSR.
One of the most exciting stops on the way - the largest in Tajikistan is Karakul Lake, located at an altitude of 3914 meters above sea level. Here begins a steep climb to the spurs of the Big Pamir. Cliffs, canyons, tunnels, primer, dust, lack of vegetation, rare villages and flocks of sheep - so, almost Martian landscape stretches to the descent into the valley is already on the Tajik side.
3. From the north to the south. US-Dalton Highway
This is Alaska, gentlemen! Harsh and seemingly malevolent edge that only trained and responsible traveler a great experience, and will open its wealth.
Share Alaska and the truth is it: the biggest state in the US is still almost spoiled by civilization, in its territory has 23 national parks and reserves (!). Through some of them: "White Mountains" National Park Arctic wildlife, nature reserves in the Yukon River shores reserve "Gates of the Arctic" - just passes Dalton-Highway, then lost in the flat snow-covered or covered with grasses plain, winding between the surround on all sides by wooded mountains.
4. In the homeland of Dracula. Romania: Transfăgărăşan
Transfegerash - one of the rare examples of how to set up for military purposes object becomes famous all over the world and attracts many tourists to the country. Highway 261 kilometers long runs through the picturesque valleys and fields with eared wheat, which are sometimes the Romanians still reap hand, past lakes and reservoirs across the lovely Romanian village with the same dark stone houses. Near the beginning of the highway is a lovely town of Sibiu with the classical architecture in Romania, where, as in the Romanian language, mixed Latin, Romance and Slavic heritage.
5. The expanses of Altai. Russia: Chuiski
This old road - the first thread, connecting Russia and China many centuries ago. Pass on Chuysk - like having to cross the whole of Russia. The path begins in Biisk, with birch groves and villages, one of which was born the writer Vasily Shukshin. And in a hundred kilometers, it is worth to pass Gorno-Altaisk, it seems as if you find yourself in the time of development of Siberia: the stormy waters of Katun, rocky gorges and green valleys. It begins mountain taiga.
turn you left - you will get to the Teletskoye Lake, to the right - to the magnificent Belukha where Roerich Shambhala sought on the way to the Himalayas. And if you go straight all the time - look will Kurai steppe at the foot of the North-Chuya ridge. If desired, you can drive a few kilometers and walk up to the eternal snows. The Kurai steppe meet last islets of taiga, and already the pass begins the real steppe, where there are yurts and nomads wandering camel caravans.
6. On a visit to the trolls. Norway Atlantic Road
Atlantic road (No 64) is almost to the ocean, jumping from island to island via bridges and tunnels. This unique technological structure: a part of the route length of only 8, 5 kilometers - as many as six bridges! Chief among them - the bridge Storseisundet, which is called "Bridge to Heaven". If you approach it from the mainland, it seems as if the canvas route ends at the highest point and the traveler can only jump straight up into the sky.
However, the Atlantic road - only a part of the route to the fjords. Moving on it further in the direction of Oslo will take you to one of the most famous serpentine of Europe - to climb the mountain "Troll Ladder". Harmful trolls often halt its ladder thick fog, but this is even more beautiful serpentine: through the "milk" show through gray rocks and bizarre cliffs, densely covered with juicy bright green grass and moss.
7. Get up above the clouds. China: way more gates
This road - one of the coolest in all senses of the world serpentines. She climbs the Mount Tianmen, which is located 8 kilometers from the city of Zhangjiajie in the southeast of China. This asphalt strip length of 11 kilometers rises to the level of 1300 meters, making the path turns 99! For the Chinese, the number 9 is sacred: it is the number of the emperor, as well as the number of palaces, which, according to legend, waiting for a man in heaven.
The main attraction of the route - the cave "Heaven's Gate." It was formed in the III century, when broken away from the cliff huge block. "The Gates" in height 131, 5 meters are often completely shrouded in mist. Locals believe that after going through it, you can really go to heaven.
8. After the pampas. Argentina Route 40
Route number 40 (Ruta 40) crosses almost all of Argentina from north to south, and goes along the high Andean ranges. This is one of the longest roads in the world: 5,000 kilometers - no joke! Especially if they go through several climatic zones. The landscape is constantly changing around the forests, rocks, lakes, fields, meadows, desert, almost uninhabited pampas, asphalt, gravel, dust and red sand, the sun and the wind knocks the legs ...
In the Park Los Glaciares National Park, inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list, you can visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, where the focus is the third largest of the world's freshwater. Its area is comparable to the area of all of Buenos Aires, the glacier is constantly moving, changing location every day by an average of 2 meters. Admire it is possible both from the viewing platforms, and gone for a walk right over crushed ice accompanied by a climber.
9. Colorado Plateau. USA: Great Circle
American Wild West - this is the territory west of the Rockies. When the pioneers have just begun to explore the Indian territory, they came across a unique natural attractions that have not been able to evaluate. Today, this area is called "great circles".
The most convenient way to travel from Denver - first rise in the national park "Rocky Mountains", which originates the Colorado River, and follow on through to the Aspen Colorado Plateau. On the road it is worth seeing Arches Park and the famous Monument Valley on the Navajo Indian territory. Near the town of Page, you can not miss the unobtrusive Antelope Canyon - on the sidelines will be a simple wooden shield with an appropriate inscription. Here it is worth to go for a walk on a boat on Lake Powell, the benefit can take a boat for rent. Just south of Page, begins the famous Grand Canyon. If you drive along the southern part of it, apart from the views of the canyon will catch the first Meso-preserved piece of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.
10. On the edge of the continent. Australia: Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road 243 kilometer runs along the Pacific coast of Australia. Practical significance road has not - it was built with the returning soldiers of World War I as a monument to the victims of the battles. After opening in the 1932nd road it became the largest war memorials of the world, and thirty years later, it was recognized as one of the most beautiful on the planet. And no wonder: the route goes almost to the coast, overlooking the endless expanse of water, and quiet secluded lagoon. Among the main attractions found in the way - the mysterious "Shipwreck Beach", which has broken 638 ships. And the "Twelve Apostles" - a group of stand-alone in the ocean limestone cliffs up to 45 meters. In fact, the rocks are a total of eight, and until recently they were called not only as "Pig and piglets."