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Florida’s Route 1, also known as the Overseas Highway, runs 113 miles from Miami through the Florida Keys. You’ve seen it in countless car commercials and movie car chases. The Seven Mile Bridge - the longest bridge in existence when it was built - crosses Pigeon Key and connects the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys.
Is there any highway more iconic than U.S. Route 66? Established in 1927, the “Mother Road” runs from Illinois to Oklahoma and across the U.S. Southwest from Texas to New Mexico, ending in Santa Monica, California. According to pop music, you can get your kicks along the fabled highway, which was one of the most important routes west for those escaping the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.
The 34-mile-long Trollstigveien, which translates literally as Troll’s Path, crosses fjords, waterfalls, and frozen lakes as it dips and climbs (and makes 11 hairpin turns) through valleys and steep mountains near the western coast of Norway. Ice renders the drive particularly hazardous, so the road closes in late October and re-opens in May, weather permitting.
An Australian National Heritage Site, the Great Ocean Road runs 151 miles along Australia’s southeastern coast between Torquay and Allansford. The highway, which was constructed as a monument to World War I soldiers, is the biggest war monument in the world. It traverses rainforests, beaches and limestone cliffs.
A 12-mile stretch of the San Juan Skyway (a leg of Route 550, which runs from new Mexico to Colorado west of the Continental Divide) has been designated The Million Dollar Highway. This pass, which runs from Uncompahgre Gorge to the summit of Red Mountain Pass, is treacherous, steep, winding and lacks guardrails.
Romania’s Transfăgărășan Highway, also known as Ceaușescu's Folly, covers over 50 miles of terrain through the Carpathian Mountains. It’s the second highest paved road in the country and was originally built as a strategic military road to defend against a potential Soviet invasion. The steep rises and hairpin turns as well as access to Bâlea Lake and Bâlea Waterfall make it a popular drive.
California’s State Route 1 covers over 650 miles of Pacific coastline from Dana Point to Mendocino, making it the longest road in the state. The first section of the road to be built – and perhaps still the most stunning – is the stretch that includes Big Sur and runs from roughly Monterey in the north to Pismo Beach in the south.
Made famous by a car chase in the James Bond movie Goldfinger, the Furka Pass winds its way through the Swiss Alps between the Canton of Uri and the Canton of Valais. Sheer drops, hairpin turns, and stunning views, including the one of the Rhone Glacier, make this a memorable drive.
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