12 coastlines worth a long drive
A few of the most scenic roadways from across the globe.
Published Jul 15, 2015 5:00 AM
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Big Sur, California
This world renowned passageway spanning from Monterey to San Luis Obispo, boasts plenty of panoramic views and a number of side roads with the most spectacular natural attractions. The star of the route? The famed Bixby Bridge, 13 miles south of Carmel.
Stretching along the southeast coast of Australia, this scenic road features miles of stunning beaches, cliffs, and waterfalls. Take a stroll through the Great Ocean Walk, and make a pit stop at the awe-inspiring 12 Apostles.
Sprawling beaches, tropical jungles, picture-perfect waterfalls. With over 52 miles of stunning views of the infamously lush Hawaiian landscape, the alluring “Road to Hana” is paved with twists and a promise of escape from the realities of today.
Cape Town, South Africa
Dubbed a photographer’s dream, the long winding roadways of Chapman’s Peak Drive are known to offer extraordinary views of Cape Town, as well as plenty of endless twists and turns. Located on the southwestern tip of South Africa, this captivating route features no shortage of towering cliffs and dramatic drops into the deep ocean blue.
Glacier National Park, Montana
True to its name, this iconic route (equipped with a repertoire of silver-screen cameos) is truly a sight worth witnessing.
Bright blue waters, clear skies, and a cliffside setting that borders on the surreal. With no shortage of breathtaking views, this winding roadway is dubbed as one of the greatest wonders of Italy.
This infamous roadway boasts a ride deemed a road-tripper’s dream. Captivating twists and turns complement the powerful force of the underlying waters of the Atlantic, best experienced during a dramatic storm.
Ring of Kerry
Acadia National Park, Maine
A 27-mile-long road with no shortage of rocky coastlines, fresh mountain lakes, and an abundance of forest greens. Catch the sunset at Cadillac Mountain and take in the picturesque views of the stunning scenery near Otter Cliff.
Breathtaking cliffs and acre upon acre of lush greens complete this 142-mile stretch of what promises to be a sweeping ride through the unspoiled terrains of Lake Superior.
Belfast to Londonderry, Ireland
Located on the Northern coast of Ireland, the sweeping views on this majestic roadway feature a diverse region of steep cliffs and open waters. Plan for plenty of pit stops along the way, and take in the beauty of the elusive Irish landscape.
This scenic roadway has seen its fair share of Hollywood glamour. Nestled within the idyllic terrain of the French Riviera, the 7 km road beholds the best and the brightest sites of the Mediterranean.