THE FAMOUS SPANISH WRITER Miguel de Cervantes once said “The journey is better than the inn.” While a lot of the world’s roads are boring strips of pavement that are merely connecting Point A to Point B, there are still a few roads in the world that provide a spectacular enough journey that no final destination could possibly be better than them.

This list is a part two to a previous piece on the world’s most spectacular roads, and it’s based almost entirely on readers comments from that piece. Are there any that we missed? Where should we be driving to next?

This article was originally published on July 5, 2010.

1

Milford Road

Not to be confused with the famous Milford Track trekking route, the Milford Road State Highway 94 passes through the Southern Alps of New Zealand's South Island. Photo: macronix

2

Karakoram Highway

The "highest paved international road in the world" connects Pakistan with Xinjiang, China. Photo: Dmitry P

3

Snowdonia, Wales

Mountainous northern Wales is traversed by many of these ancient, narrow, stone-walled roads. I've experienced the challenge of navigating them at night. With oncoming traffic. Car renters beware. Photo: Richard0

Intermission
202

The 20 coolest towns in the US

by Matador Team
51

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh
1

15 images that prove Washington has the best views in the US

by Alice Latham
4

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Photo: Daniel Peckham

5

Great Ocean Road

This coastal road in Victoria, Australia, runs for 241km, between Torquay and Warrnambool. The car-less might consider the Great Ocean Walk as an alternative. Photo: Tan Cheng Joo

6

The road to Machu Picchu

Most mountain pass roads in Peru qualify as "spectacular," but the road from Cuzco to Machu Picchu is particularly beautiful. Photo: Dimitry B

7

Liwa desert highway

Roads through the desert oasis of Liwa, Abu Dhabi, stretch long. Photo: Luca Assen

8

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

The roads of western Ireland are narrow, flanked by green, and sometimes charmed. Photo: ktylerconk

9

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

The only route through Glacier National Park was featured in the opening scenes of "The Shining." Photo: Colin Gregory Palmer

Intermission
372

What bartenders actually think of your drink order

by Lisa Millar-Jones
139

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes

11 stunning places you can visit to keep Game of Thrones going

by Alice Latham
10

Ice road, Northwest Territories

Winter means greater accessibility in northern Canada. This frozen road runs up the Northwest Territories. Photo: madmack66

11

Seven Mile Bridge

U.S. Highway 1 runs for miles over the water, connecting the Florida Keys to the mainland. It includes this long span of bridge. Photo: Dieter Gora

12

Mývatn, Iceland

Mývatn is a volcanically active region in northern Iceland. This road will take you there. Photo: Trey Ratcliff

13

Chapman's Peak road

Another great coastal road, this one just 15 miles south of Cape Town, South Africa . Photo: Raveesh Vyas

14

Gotthard Pass, Alps

Traveling north from Italy into Switzerland, you'll come to Gotthard Pass, which you can cross on either the new, straightforward road, or the old roller coaster above. My money's on the latter. Photo: Mikael Miettinen

15

High Atlas pass

I recently drove over the 2260m Tichka Pass in Morocco on my way to Zagora to ride a camel. The pass was cooler. No offense, camel. Photo: cliffwilliams

Intermission
139

The 22 craziest party hostels around the world

by Matt Kepnes
29

21 more crazy party hostels around the world

by Tom Gates

15 fast food abominations that prove America’s gluttony has gone too far

by Alex Scola
16

Stelvio Pass

48 hairpin turns up to a 2757m (9045ft) pass in the Italian Alps, and Top Gear's pick for "greatest driving road in the world." Photo: Paul D'Ambra

17

Cabot Trail

Wrapping around northern Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, the Cabot Trail is mountainous and windy with near-constant ocean views. I recommend biking it. Photo: kennymatic

18

Millau Bridge

Southern France's Millau Bridge is the tallest in the world -- taller, actually, than the Eiffel Tower. Photo: tibchris

19

Chalus Road, Iran

Tehran is connected to the northern city of Chalus via this road through the Alborz Mountains. Check this site for more images. Photo: ninara

20

Interstate 70, Glenwood Springs, CO

The Colorado River, of Grand Canyon fame, carved this canyon billions of years ago. The U.S. government built the 12-mile, $490 million interstate route through it, which was only completed in 1992. Photo: Carl Berger

Like this Article

Like Matador