5 Roads You Should Drive On Before You Die
The World Is Full Of Awesome Roads To Drive On. But Which Are The Very Best? We've Done Our Research To Bring You The Top 5 Driving Roads In The World.
Jul 04, 2014
What’s on your ‘bucket list’? Everyone has an ambition of something they would love to do while they have the chance, from appearing on television to jumping out of an aeroplane.
If you love getting behind the wheel of your car then driving along some of the world’s most famous roads may be one of the ambitions you’d most like to fulfil. So, we’ve put together a guide to five of the best roads that you should drive before you die.
Probably the most famous road in the world, US Route 66 was one of the original highways within the US highway system.
The road – made famous in the 1960s - was established on November 11, 1926 and originally ran from Chicago, Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California.
The original route has undergone a revival in recent years and a number of preservation groups have sprung up to protect the history of the famous road.
The street name may mean nothing to you but the chances are that you’ve seen a picture of Lombard Street. The one way section of road on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets in San Francisco is the world’s most crooked road.
The design of the street was first suggested by property owner Carl Henry in 1922 and eight sharp hairpin turns are intended to reduce the hill's natural 27% grade.
While you may not be able to put your foot down – the suggested speed limit is 5mph – it’s one of the world’s most recognisable streets. It’s also the home to Jimmy Stewart’s character in the Alfred Hitchcock classic film, Vertigo.
The Isle of Arran
The island of Arran off the west coast of Scotland is a beautiful and popular destination for travellers. While there are over 40 dedicated cycle routes on the island you can reach Arran by car via the ferry from Ardrossan before exploring the island via its beautiful circular road.
The A841 on the Isle of Arran has the distinction of being the only circular A road in the UK. This 90 kilometre road (56 miles) circumnavigates the island and a leisurely drive along this route is a great introduction to all the stunning island has to offer.
9 De Julio Avenue
It’s a long way to go, but a drive to the capital of Argentina is quite the experience.
At over 300 feet wide, 9 de Julio Avenue in Buenos Aries is the widest avenue in the world. The street occupies a gap of an entire block in the city centre and there are twelve lanes of traffic.
Driving down the avenue is easier than being a pedestrian, however. Crossing the road at street level normally takes a few minutes as all the intersections have traffic lights and you’ll normally need two or three green lights to cross all the lanes of traffic.
For years Yonge Street, a major arterial route connecting the shores of Lake Ontario on Toronto to Lake Simcoe in the Upper Great Lakes of Canada, was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest street in the world at 1,896 km.
While this is no longer the case – the route is actually two separate roads – it is still a stunning drive through the Canadian countryside. A large part of the route follows an ancient well-established Aboriginal trail that linked the Lake Ontario waterfront to northern parts of the region and it was fundamental in the original planning and settlement of western Upper Canada in the 1790s