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Top 25 Scenic International Roads To Drive Around The World

Cameron Eittreim May 26, 2020

Driving is both a privilege and past time, and to fully enjoy it sometimes you need to take a trip. We often spend so much time commuting to and from the daily grind. But if that’s all we do while driving, we miss out on the beauty of the scenic open roads of the world.

To truly experience the open roads of the world, you need to know where to find them. A car is truly the best way to see the beauty of other countries around the world. We already broke down the top 25 scenic roads to drive in the United States. So now, check out the top 25 scenic international roads. You’ll experience driving like you never have before.

Oberalp Pass, Switzerland
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25: Oberalp Pass, Switzerland

Switzerland has no shortage of amazing views, which is why driving in the beautiful country is so refreshing. The Oberalp Pass is one of the most scenic locations, and with good reason. Curvaceous roads and its beautiful mountain backdrop are breathtaking. SKi Epicvia: Ski Epic

If you’re lucky enough to drive it in a sports car, you’ll no doubt enjoy yourself. With no speed limits for miles, you can literally open up the throttle. There are few roads like this. Many notable driving scenes have been shot on this road, and for good reason.

Furka Pass
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24: Furka Pass, Switzerland

This one is a bit outlandish. But if you find yourself driving in the Swiss Alps, you need to experience Furka Pass. If you’ve ever been a fan of rally racing, this will be of no surprise. The beautiful, snow-white turns are what every European driver dreams of. The natural resources of the area make it a wonderful place to snap photos.

Furka Pass
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You might recognize the location because the James Bond movie “Goldfinger” was shot here. While we can’t travel abroad right now, Furka Pass is worth taking a visit to in the future. If you love driving a new road with lots of adventure and natural beauty, this is the way to do it.

The Atlantic Road, Norway
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23: The Atlantic Road, Norway

Another scenic road worth visiting is in Norway. If you’ve never gone to Norway, The Atlantic Road is a scene out of a movie it’s so beautiful. Winding roads and bridges across a literal ocean create a driving experience like no other. The Atlantic Road is by far one of the most beautiful driving experiences in the world.

The Atlantic Road
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The road twists and turns with beautiful mountains and ocean in the background. Norway offers a blend of natural beauty and adventure. These roads are something you won’t see anywhere else. Renting one of the local vehicles such as an Audi Quattro offers superior performance along the Atlantic Road.

Cabot Trail
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22: Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada

Canada doesn’t always get the credit that it deserves for its beauty. The country has an abundance of it and is close enough you can drive to it. But tourists tend to go the oceanic route instead. Yet Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail one of the most famous scenic drives in the world. It overlooks the scenic ocean on a mountainside.

Cabot Trail
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Whether you’re in a convertible or a truck, this scenic drive is amazing. Of course, you’ll have to deal with Canada’s cold weather. But the imagery that you get to see is amazing. Canada is more then just a country North of the State. There’s an abundant beauty there within reach of most travelers.

Tianmen Mountain Road
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21: Tianmen Mountain Road, Hunan, China

The Chinese are known for their feats of modern engineering, and this road is no different. The Tianmen Mountain Road is one of the longest roads in the world, measuring 7,455 meters. If you’ve never had the chance to visit this road, you’ll want to.

Tianmen Mountain Road
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The sheer depth of the twists and turns make this an addicting place to visit. Hunan is one of the quieter areas of China. If you’re into meditation or yoga and have been looking for a retreat, Hunan is it. When we think about some of the must-drive roads in the world, Tianmen Mountain Road is at the top of the list.

A82 Road
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20: A82 Road, Scotland

It should be of no surprise that Scotland has quite a few beautiful areas to drive. You’ll be driving toward Fort William, which is a beautiful destination notable for its green scenery. The A82 road is right at home with a sports car or touring wagon. There are very few twists and turns on a straight shot.

A82 Road
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The overall beauty of the road is what will keep you enticed. You can definitely see how this natural beauty has inspired many different rally competitions. If you want to drive the very best of Scotland, check out A82 Road.

Chapmans Peak
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19: Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Town, South Africa

South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world. To drive it is another thing entirely. The wonderful coastal roads are a sharp contrast from the hot deserts that you see on TV. If you are coming to visit Africa you have to visit Chapman’s Peak Drive. This curvaceous road will take you by some of the most beautiful blue oceans that you’ll ever see.

Chapmans Peak Drive
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The twists and turns are addictive to drive. Aside from the thrill of the twists and turns, you also have the notable 180° views. Drivers are within proximity to many beaches. There’s a lot South Africa has to offer tourists, and this is a must-see road.

Stelvio Pass
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18: Stelvio Pass, Eastern Alps, Italy

Italy has some of the most breathtaking roads in the world. Being the home of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo, it’s not hard to see why. If you want to experience real driving, go to Italy; specifically to Stelvio Pass. This is the pass the Alfa Romeo Stelvio was named after. The road is world-famous for its twists and turns.

Twisted Sifter
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If you have a performance car in Italy you take it here to be tested. Stelvio Pass is not your average road. Your skills will be tested and the feedback is going to be awesome. In addition to the road itself, you’ll also have tons of natural beauty. The green coastlines and lush landscape make this scenic road a must-drive.

Col de Turini, France
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17: Col de Turini, France

France isn’t one to be left out on this list. The Col de Turini is a must-drive place. Curvy like the other impasse that we’ve covered, the Col de Turini is a must-drive road if you’re in France. Performance cars do well here as do touring models. If you’ve got a Volvo wagon, it will shine on this road.

Col de Turini France
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Don’t feel bad about opening up the throttle, because with 1607 miles, you’ve got enough room. France is known for its lax highway laws, which means you can. This is an extremely dangerous road in bad weather conditions, however, and you can probably see why. An inexperienced driver could face danger on these twisty roads, so exercise measured caution on this scenic French drive.

Gouliang Tunnel Road
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16: Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

This road is very unique. It’s a tunnel carved into the side of a mountain. You’ll leave from Xinxiang and drive for 13 miles. When you get there, you’ll see the views of this destination are breathtaking, which is why so many tourists frequent it. If you’ve ever wanted a great place to take photos, the Guoliang Tunnel is it.

Gouliang Tunnel Road
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The ease of getting here makes it a lot less daunting than other scenic international roads on the list. The Guoliang Tunnel is just the tip of the iceberg, as the local area in and around Xinxiang is known for its beauty. Natural landscapes and lush countrysides make this a must-visit scenic road.

Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road, Canada
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15: Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road, Canada

When it comes to scenic roads of the world, Canada may take the cake. Ice roads have recently come into pop culture thanks to a number of famous television shows. The Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road is perhaps the most notable. The long winding road is famous for sheets of real ice. Vehicles can drive over this unique scenic road, but it’s a risky proposition.

Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road, Canada
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If you have been looking for an adrenaline rush and adventure the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road, Canada is a good stomping ground. While this isn’t a road everyone will want to take, if you’ve never adventured across the beauty of Canada, you’d be hard pressed to pass this up. The road offers some of the most scenic sights the gorgeous country has to offer.

Karakoram Highway, China/Pakistan
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14: Karakoram Highway, China/Pakistan

Known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Karakoram Highway is a scenic international road unlike anything else. This is the highway that connects Pakistan and China. The sheer depth of the mountain range is amazing. You’ve truly never seen anything like this before. The mountains are beautiful and the impasse looks like something out of a movie.

Karakoram Highway, China/Pakistan
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For natural beauty, this is the scenic road you want to visit. Chinese and Pakistani people pass through this road thousands of times in a year. Its natural abundance of beauty is what makes it a stellar tourist destination. The look and feel of being in between such large mountains are beyond anything you’ll experience.

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13: Great Ocean Road, Australia

You had to know that there was a special scenic road worth visiting Down Under. The 151-mile stretch along the Southeast coast is beyond your wildest dreams. You don’t find beauty like this often. If you have the pleasure of visiting this scenic road, you’ll visit some of the most beautiful oceans around.

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The Great Ocean Road also features a World War memorial, which is one of the most notable parts of this tourist attraction. If you’re going to be “Down Under,” check out the awesome scenic beauty of the Great Ocean Road.

Great Ocean Road, Australia
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12: Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Another amazing and breathtaking area is the Sani Pass in South Africa. The Sani Pass is one of the most dangerous scenic roads in the world. You’ll need to use an off-road vehicle to even cross this destination. But for the amount of fear and time, it’s well worth the trouble.

Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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The Sani Pass is by far one of the most scenic roads in the world. If you’ve been wanting to expand your traveling horizon, this is the way to do it. The Sani Pass is unlike anything else you’ll see internationally. What makes it so unique aside from the driving experience is the fact that the border closes at 4:00 pm every day. The mystique of this drive alone makes it well worth it.

Ruta 40
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11: Ruta 40, Argentina

When you think of beautiful, scenic locations around the world, Argentina comes to mind for a couple of reasons. Route 40 is known as the longest route in Argentina. If you’re going to travel to Argentina by car, you’ll want to visit this highway. Driving up Ruta 40 can seem like a fantasy as its abundance of natural beauty is astounding.

Ruta 40
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The scenic mountain range is something that you don’t usually see, much less get to drive. There are a lot of interesting places to see while you’re in Argentina. But if you want to experience driving on a whole new level, Ruta 40 is a must-drive. You’ll experience some of the best scenic driving the world has to offer.

Manali Highway
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10: Leh-Manali Highway, Himalaya Mountains, India

Normally known for its lush landscapes and yoga, India is also home to some wonderful scenic roads. If you’ve never had the chance to drive over here, you really should. The Manali Highway is far more than your average highway.

Manali highway
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Overlooking the beautiful mountainous region, you’ll see all kinds of unique sights including camels and more. For a truly otherworldly experience, take a trip on the Manali Highway. The highway is just one of many scenic roads of this region.

Bradans adventures
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9: Dadès Gorges, High Atlas, Morocco

Morocco is known for its natural beauty. If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate travel destination, this could be it. The Dadès Gorges, High Atlas, Morocco, is a breathtakingly beautiful piece of natural mountain terraain. The roads are twisty and natural, which makes for an interesting combination. If you love the outdoors you will be taken aback by the scenic beauty that shines in every aspect of this place.

Dadès Gorges, High Atlas, Morocco
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The total package is well worth visiting and you’ll see the fun as you drive. If you have been wanting to travel abroad, the Dadès Gorges, High Atlas, Morocco might be worth a shot. You’ll get to experience one of the most natural mountainous regions in the world.

Route 62, South Africa
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8: Route 62, South Africa

When it comes to beautiful scenic drives, Route 62 in South Africa is beyond beautiful. You might almost mistake this route for Napa Valley in California. There are plenty of vineyards that have made the road a notable tourist destination.

Holiday Pointy
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There’s also an animal reserve on this scenic road, which makes things even more unique to say the least. If you want to experience some of the finest scenic beauty the world has to offer, this is it. The sheer depth of the land has made the landscape a remarkable site.

Trollstigen, Rauma, Norway
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7: Trollstigen, Rauma, Norway

Norway’s back on the list again with a road that’s known as the “troll’s ladder.” What makes this scenic road so unique is the fact it’s a serpentine road. You’ll be overlooking some of the most famous mountains in the region. Take this road on a nice foggy day and you might be reminded of best rally racing. Norway, in general, is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Trollstigen, Rauma, Norway
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But this highway takes the cake as being one of the most unique. The road was widened in 2015 to accommodate the rise in tourism. At one point the road was difficult to drive on. Now things have become a little more modern. You’ll enjoy yourself when you take the troll’s ladder for a spin.

The Amalfi Coast, Italy
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6: The Amalfi Coast, Italy

For the ultimate Mediterranean experience, the Amalfi Coast is a must-see. Italy prides itself on beautiful coastal regions, and this is no exception. You’ll see some of the most beautiful waters in the world coupled with scenic mountainsides. There’s no doubt that if you have been planning on visiting Italy, this is the best way to do it.

The Amalfi Coast
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The coastal roads are so fun to drive on, and their scenic beauty makes it even better. If you’re renting one of the fine luxury cars from the region you’re in for an amazing time. Most of the time the weather is mild and the sun is beautiful. You can’t go wrong with taking a drive on this Italian road.

Transfăgărășan, Romania
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5: Transfăgărășan, Romania

You don’t often hear too much about this little region, but it’s quite beautiful. Lush mountainscapes cover the area, and balmy weather makes the drive pleasurable. There are long swoops along this road, and even longer straightaways.

Transfăgărășan, Romania
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In regions like this, there’s no such thing as a highway patrol. You can open up the throttle a little bit and enjoy the road. The lush mountain views and the wonderful weather make driving in ths scenic region of Romania something you won’t forget.

Ticlio Pass, Peru
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4: Ticlio Pass, Peru

Another beautiful place in the world is Peru, and it has a lot of scenic areas to drive. If you have a lot of adrenaline and want to enjoy some unreal views, you’ll want to check out Ticlio Pass. This unique driving destination is one of the highest paved roads in Peru.

Ticlio Pass
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You get the beautiful Southern hemisphere and all the beauty that comes with it. There’s truly nothing else like it on the earth. Driving-wise, you’re going to see a lot of amazing sights. The interesting thing about Ticlio Pass is just how many travelers go up and down this road.

Snaefell MountaIn
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3: Snaefell Mountain Road, Isle of Man

If the Isle of Man sounds familiar, it’s because of all of the famous bicycle races held here. Driving this road can seem almost daunting. There are such long open stretches that you need to be one with your vehicle and hit the road right. The road is mostly modern with lots of sights to see. When it comes to driving, there’s nothing better than natural beauty outside your window.

Snaelfell Mountain
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The Isle of Man doesn’t disappoint with natural beauty galore. You’ll be able to have an experience like no other ina very fun place. Driving on this road might intimidate you at first. But once you feel that throttle open up, you’ll have no choice but to enjoy it.

Eureka Highway
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2: Eureka Highway, Canada

As we mentioned multiple times in this list of scenic international roads, Canada is home to quite a bit of natural beauty. If you’ve ever been there, you can tell that Canada prides itself on it. The Eureka Highway is a stretch of pure bliss for drivers. It’s a full 12 miles of natural mountain beauty on a modern road that’s safe enough for your Corvette to go down.

Eureka Highway
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There’s so much to see, you might be stuck on this highway all day. And its close proximity to local tourism attractions makes the Eureka Highway a stellar choice. If you’ve been wanting to explore Canada and see what your ride can do this is the perfect place to get that in motion. The Eureka Highway will present a driving experience like no other.

Espinazo Del Diablo
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1: Espinazo del Diablo, Mexico

Perhaps the scariest place to drive on our list is Mexico’s Espinazo del Diablo. This stretch of highway is known as “The Devils Backbone.” This stretch of road will take you thorough the Durango and other places. If you’re not sure about this, it might not be the highway you want to visit. If you want to see some beauty and the natural habitats Mexico has to offer amid some danger, take the ride.

Espinazo Del Diablo
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This is one of the few popular highways in Mexico. There’s a good deal of tourist action, as well as locals, which makes this a bustling epicenter. You can see the natural beauty Mexico has to offer while getting your blood pumping. It’s a worthwhile experience for any traveler who fancies him or herself a top driver. Just know what’s coming when your wheels hit the road.

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