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.


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


Karakoram Highway

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



Photo: Richard0


Pacific Coast Highway, California

Photo: Daniel Peckham


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


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


Liwa desert highway

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


Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

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


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


Ice road, Northwest Territories

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


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


Mývatn, Iceland

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


Chapman's Peak road

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


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


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


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


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


Millau Bridge

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


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


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