Driving Bucket List: Iconic Highways Around the World

Fasten your seatbelt and get ready to ride. These 20 iconic highways are among the world’s fastest, curviest, steepest, most scenic or significant for their cultural or historic influence.

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Pops, Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops, Arcadia, Oklahoma

You can’t miss the 4-ton, 66-foot-tall illuminated soda bottle in front of Pop’s on Route 66. Whether you need to fill your tank or quench your thirst, Pop’s has what you need. The restaurant features over 700 types of sodas, seltzers and other soft drinks. 960 1280

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Alzu Petroport, Near Middelburg, South Africa

Alzu Petroport, Near Middelburg, South Africa

Baby rhinos. Need we say more? South Africa’s Alzu Petroport, situated on the N4 between Belfast and Middelburg, boasts the usual truck stop amenities - clean restrooms, dining and shopping. But the big draw here is the adjacent wildlife preserve, where rhinos, ostriches and buffalo roam. 960 1280

Sune Rowe Photography  

Trail’s Travel Center, Albert Lea, Minnesota

Trail’s Travel Center, Albert Lea, Minnesota

From the outside you wouldn’t know that Trail’s, located off I-35 in Minnesota, features every service imaginable for the weary motorist - from showers and laundry to a movie theater and church services. Trail’s also carries one of the largest selections of whiskey in Minnesota. 960 1280

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Gazoline Petrol, Cuneo, Italy

Gazoline Petrol, Cuneo, Italy

Applying modern Italian design to the lowly rest area, Cuneo, Italy’s Gazoline Petrol enhances the roadside landscape with its ribbon - like architectural form, which is meant to symbolize the road and invite drivers in for a break. The project was designed by Damilanostudio Architects.

 

960 1280

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Beckley Travel Plaza, Beckley, West Virginia

Beckley Travel Plaza, Beckley, West Virginia

A comfortable stopping point for travelers on West Virginia’s I-77, Beckley Travel Plaza may be the only truck stop in the world that’s also a destination craft hunters. Beckley’s offers a wide array of West Virginia made handicrafts including quilts, glassware and local foods. 960 1280

Danita Delimont  

Helios House, Los Angeles, California

Helios House, Los Angeles, California

Welcome to the future! The first gas station in the U.S. to be submitted for LEED status, the Helios Gas Station on Los Angeles’s Olympic Boulevard is made entirely of recycled steel and features 90 solar panels. It is drought resistant and energy efficient 960 1280

Barry Winiker  

Skovshoved Petrol Station, Copenhagen, Denmark

Skovshoved Petrol Station, Copenhagen, Denmark

Designed by Arne Jacobson and opened in 1936, this historic gas station on the outskirts of Copenhagen is a signature example of functionalist architecture. Its mushroom canopy protects motorists from rain and sun. Lit from below the canopy also serves as a sign at night. 960 1280

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Ashigara Rest Area, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan

Ashigara Rest Area, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan

Not far from Mount Fuji, Japan’s sprawling Ashigara Rest area, which re-opened after renovations now features more than 20 restaurants and food stalls, pony rides for children and an outdoor hot springs. 960 1280

SHOSEI/Aflo  

Willkomm’s Petro Truck Stop, Racine, Wisconsin

Willkomm’s Petro Truck Stop, Racine, Wisconsin

At Willkomm’s Petro, off I-94 in Racine, Wisconsin, travelers can treat themselves to one of O&H Bakery’s world-famous “Kringles” (a doughnut-like confection), get a haircut and even see a doctor. 960 1280

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Orival Gas Station, Orival, Belgium

Orival Gas Station, Orival, Belgium

Considered one of the world’s most beautiful filling stations, Belgium’s Orival Gas Station, which spans both sides of the highway running between Brussels and Nivelles, was designed by Philippe Samyn and Partners to have the least impact on the environment. It features an art gallery and landscaped parks, as well as the usual service area amenities like covered fuel pumps, restaurants and picnic areas. 960 1280

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Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Walcott, Iowa

Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Walcott, Iowa

This 100,000 square foot truck stop along I-80 in Iowa is billed as the biggest in the world. Inside you’ll find a Laundromat, library, chiropractor, dentist, barber shop and workout room. Plus, as the home of the Trucker’s Museum, I-80 celebrates each summer with an annual Truckers Jamboree, which includes a Trucker’s Olympics and a Super Truck Beauty Contest. 960 1280

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Indiana

Also known as the racing capital of the world, the home of the Indy 500 is now a national historic landmark as well. Constructed in 1909, the Speedway, just outside the city limits of Indianapolis, features a museum with a collection of race cars – IndyCars, NASCAR, Formula One, Sprint, midget cars and more. 960 1280

Robert Laberge  

Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele, Utah

Covering 30,000 acres of densely packed salty earth, the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah are actually the remains of pre-historic Lake Bonneville. But for today’s auto enthusiasts, the Salt Flats are all about speed. Numerous land speed records have been broken here and anyone may bring their vehicle to the Bonneville Speedway for “Speed Week” in August. 960 1280

Witold Skrypczak  

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Car fans can drive the Autobahn to Stuttgart, the birthplace of the modern automobile. There they can visit the impressive Mercedes museum (shown) as well as the Porsche factory. 960 1280

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North American International Auto Show, Detroit, Michighan

North American International Auto Show, Detroit, Michighan

The annual Detroit Auto Show, held each January, is one of the biggest auto events in the world. Manufacturers unveil new models and concept cars in Detroit. Other large-scale auto shows abound across the U.S., most notably in New York and Florida. 960 1280

Bill Pugliano  

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Havana may be the single best locale in the world to ogle classic American cars. After the 1960 embargo, American manufacturers could no longer export to Cuba, but as a result, many Cubans have gone to great lengths to update and maintain their pre-1960 cars. An estimated 60,000 of those vehicles are still on the road. 960 1280

Roberto Machado Noa  

Tesla Factory, Fremont, California

Tesla Factory, Fremont, California

Tesla’s new factory in Fremont, California is a technological marvel, currently open only to Tesla Model S, Model X and Roadster owners, however the company hopes to expand its tour program to a wider public in the future. In the meantime, if you’re one of the lucky few, you need to book your tour reservation at least three to four weeks in advance via email to factorytours@tesla.com. 960 1280

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Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

NASCAR’s most prestigious race, the Daytona 500 has been referred to as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Thirty-minute tours of the Speedway are available to visitors, race schedule permitting. 960 1280

Jerry Markland  

Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan

Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan

The Henry Ford which comprises the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn is the largest outdoor-indoor museum in the U.S. Initially built to house the pioneering auto industrialist’s collection of historic paraphernalia, the museum now contains a wide variety of items related to antique machinery, industrialization and popular culture. The Henry Ford is situated between the Ford Dearborn test track and some Ford engineering buildings. 960 1280

Walter Bibikow  

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

This public art installation along Interstate 40 in Amarillo, features ten Cadillac sedans from the 1949 through 1963 model years, buried nose down in the earth. Those in the know bring cans of spray paint to contribute to the automotive work of art. 960 1280

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NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina

NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina

A relatively recent addition to car lovers’ must-see lists, Charlotte’s NASCAR Hall of Fame opened in 2010 and honors the greats of NASCAR racing. The Hall of Fame hosts events and exhibits as well as a driving simulator. 960 1280

Bob Leverone  

Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Since 1929, Monaco has been home to one of the most glamorous and prestigious motor races in the world. The Monaco circuit runs through the city streets of Monte Carlo and along the nearby harbor for the Formula One race each May. Grandstands are set up in key locations for viewing. 960 1280

Mark Thompson  

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California

Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California

Occupying a full block on Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile, the Petersen Automotive Museum is among the largest car museums in the world. Its twenty-five galleries showcase one hundred cars, while another hundred cars remain in its “vault.” 960 1280

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Ferrari Factory and Museum, Maranello, Italy

Ferrari Factory and Museum, Maranello, Italy

Ferrari owners describe their visits to the company’s factory in Maranello Italy as a “religious experience.” Located not far from Modena, Italy, Ferrari has been producing cars here since the 1940s. The adjoining museum features sports cars as well as Ferrari memorabilia. 960 1280

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Carhenge, Alliance, New England

Carhenge, Alliance, New England

Like Cadillac Ranch, Carhenge is a large-scale outdoor art installation composed of vintage automobiles. With 39 vehicles arranged in a circle and spray-painted gray, the piece is supposed to replicate England’s Stonehenge. 960 1280

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach, California

Better known as the venue for an annual PGA tournament, the Pebble Beach Golf Course hosts the annual Concours d’Elegance each summer. The event showcases perhaps the best examples of collector cars in America and caps off Monterey’s annual Car Week the third week of August. 960 1280

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Pops, Arcadia, Oklahoma

Pops, Arcadia, Oklahoma

You can’t miss the 4-ton, 66-foot-tall illuminated soda bottle in front of Pop’s on Route 66. Whether you need to fill your tank or quench your thirst, Pop’s has what you need. The restaurant features over 700 types of sodas, seltzers and other soft drinks. 960 1280

Buyenlarge  

Alzu Petroport, Near Middelburg, South Africa

Alzu Petroport, Near Middelburg, South Africa

Baby rhinos. Need we say more? South Africa’s Alzu Petroport, situated on the N4 between Belfast and Middelburg, boasts the usual truck stop amenities - clean restrooms, dining and shopping. But the big draw here is the adjacent wildlife preserve, where rhinos, ostriches and buffalo roam. 960 1280

Sune Rowe Photography  

Trail’s Travel Center, Albert Lea, Minnesota

Trail’s Travel Center, Albert Lea, Minnesota

From the outside you wouldn’t know that Trail’s, located off I-35 in Minnesota, features every service imaginable for the weary motorist - from showers and laundry to a movie theater and church services. Trail’s also carries one of the largest selections of whiskey in Minnesota. 960 1280

Daniel Moen  

Gazoline Petrol, Cuneo, Italy

Gazoline Petrol, Cuneo, Italy

Applying modern Italian design to the lowly rest area, Cuneo, Italy’s Gazoline Petrol enhances the roadside landscape with its ribbon - like architectural form, which is meant to symbolize the road and invite drivers in for a break. The project was designed by Damilanostudio Architects.

 

960 1280

Andrea Martiradonna  

Beckley Travel Plaza, Beckley, West Virginia

Beckley Travel Plaza, Beckley, West Virginia

A comfortable stopping point for travelers on West Virginia’s I-77, Beckley Travel Plaza may be the only truck stop in the world that’s also a destination craft hunters. Beckley’s offers a wide array of West Virginia made handicrafts including quilts, glassware and local foods. 960 1280

Danita Delimont  

Helios House, Los Angeles, California

Helios House, Los Angeles, California

Welcome to the future! The first gas station in the U.S. to be submitted for LEED status, the Helios Gas Station on Los Angeles’s Olympic Boulevard is made entirely of recycled steel and features 90 solar panels. It is drought resistant and energy efficient 960 1280

Barry Winiker  

Skovshoved Petrol Station, Copenhagen, Denmark

Skovshoved Petrol Station, Copenhagen, Denmark

Designed by Arne Jacobson and opened in 1936, this historic gas station on the outskirts of Copenhagen is a signature example of functionalist architecture. Its mushroom canopy protects motorists from rain and sun. Lit from below the canopy also serves as a sign at night. 960 1280

BirgerNiss  

Ashigara Rest Area, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan

Ashigara Rest Area, Shizouka Prefecture, Japan

Not far from Mount Fuji, Japan’s sprawling Ashigara Rest area, which re-opened after renovations now features more than 20 restaurants and food stalls, pony rides for children and an outdoor hot springs. 960 1280

SHOSEI/Aflo  

Willkomm’s Petro Truck Stop, Racine, Wisconsin

Willkomm’s Petro Truck Stop, Racine, Wisconsin

At Willkomm’s Petro, off I-94 in Racine, Wisconsin, travelers can treat themselves to one of O&H Bakery’s world-famous “Kringles” (a doughnut-like confection), get a haircut and even see a doctor. 960 1280

Willcomm Companies  

Orival Gas Station, Orival, Belgium

Orival Gas Station, Orival, Belgium

Considered one of the world’s most beautiful filling stations, Belgium’s Orival Gas Station, which spans both sides of the highway running between Brussels and Nivelles, was designed by Philippe Samyn and Partners to have the least impact on the environment. It features an art gallery and landscaped parks, as well as the usual service area amenities like covered fuel pumps, restaurants and picnic areas. 960 1280

Geertrui DERYCKE  

Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Walcott, Iowa

Iowa 80 Truck Stop, Walcott, Iowa

This 100,000 square foot truck stop along I-80 in Iowa is billed as the biggest in the world. Inside you’ll find a Laundromat, library, chiropractor, dentist, barber shop and workout room. Plus, as the home of the Trucker’s Museum, I-80 celebrates each summer with an annual Truckers Jamboree, which includes a Trucker’s Olympics and a Super Truck Beauty Contest. 960 1280

Iowa 80 Group  

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