Monday, 30 April 2012

World's most amazing roads

Old Chalus Road, Iran
One of Iran's most beautiful (and dangerous) roads, Old Chalus is 
connected to the northern city of Chalus via this road through the Alborz Mountains.

Karakoram Highway
The "highest paved international road in the world" connects Pakistan
with Xinjiang, China. It is currently closed at the Hunza Valley due to a
massive landslide.

Stelvio Pass, Italian Alps
From the Eastern Alps in Italy, the Stelvio Pass Road is the second 
highest paved mountain road in the Alps and its situated at an altitude
of around 2757 metres above sea level.

The Remarkables, New Zealand
The road through the Remarkables mountain range is, well, quite
remarkable. The highest point in the range is Single Cone at 2319 metres.
This photo was taken between The Remarkables resort and Queenstown, "somewhere below the clouds".

Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
Located in the Taihana Mountains in the Hunan Province of China,
this 1200 metres long tunnel has been dubbed as the road that does not 
tolerate any mistakes.

The Overseas Highway, Florida Keys
Built in 1938, The Overseas Highway leaps from island to island across 
42 bridges southwest through Florida Keys.

Road to nowhere, Atlantic Road, Norway
The bridge known as "Storseisundet Bridge" is part of the one of the 
most scenic roads in the Norway. It connects Norway's mainland to the 
Island of Averøy, is 8.3 km long and has eight bridges inter-connecting 
several small islands in the open sea near the coast.

Death Road, Bolivia
Named the world's most dangerous road in 1995, the single lane road 
connects La Paz and Coroico deep into the Bolivian Andes.

Ice Road, Northwest Territories, Canada
Throughout winter in Northern Canada drivers can travel along the 
unique iced roads that appear to be endless. The bright snow and blue
ice under your wheels is said to create a dream world where you almost
lose track of time. 

Glenwood Canyon, Colorado
A rugged scenic 20km canyon on the Colorado River. The canyon is widely considered one of the most scenic natural features on the Interstate Highway System of the US.

The Transfagarasan, Romania
This the highest and most dramatic paved road from Romania. Built as
a strategic military route between 1970 and 1974, this road connects the 
historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu 
and Pitesti.

The Great Ocean Road, VIC, Australia
This coastal road runs for 241km, between Torquay and Warrnambool. 
This is one of the world's most scenic coastal drives, allowing drivers 
a perfect view of the iconic 12 Apostles.

Baldwin St, Dunedin
Baldwin Street is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the 
steepest street in the world. It takes about ten minutes, just to walk 
about 350 metres!

Peru Mountain Pass Road
One of many spectacular mountain pass roads throughout Peru, this
one runs north from the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo and
is part of the car route to Machu Picchu.

Gotthard Pass, Swiss Alps
The most famous of all the Alpine passes, travelling 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 as pictured.

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