Five roads that every petrol-head has to drive
The summer is here and many car lovers will be preparing to set off on a road-trip to enjoy new scenery and time behind the wheel. Here at Balgores, we like nothing better than discussing our fantasy driving itineraries. Here’s five roads from around the world we feel any car fanatic should aim to drive in their lifetime.
The Millau Viaduct, France
An engineering wonder, the Millau Viaduct is part of the A75 motorway in southern France and a sight every petrol-head should experience. The bridge was designed by British architect Norman Foster and is the world’s highest multi-span bridge (standing taller than the Eiffel Tower), as well as the longest suspended bridge in the world. It’s also a toll road, but we feel it is worth paying to cross this magnificent structure.
Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway
When it was completed in 1989, the Atlantic Ocean Road was declared to be the ‘Norwegian Construction of the Century’. Winding across a series of small islands and rocky outcrops, and connected by causeways, viaducts and eight bridges, this 5-mile journey has to be up there among the best drives in the world. The scenery is absolutely breath-taking and it’s no wonder this road has featured on many a car commercial.
Route 66, USA
This iconic route from Chicago to California provides all petrol-heads with opportunities to get their kicks. Route 66 was one of the original highways of the U.S. Highway System, covering 2,448 miles and passing through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica.
Now no longer an official road, the road trip of lifetime can still be taken and in many states is signposted the Historic Route 66.
Stelvio Pass, Italy
This incredible mountain road in Northern Italy was made famous to British petrol-heads when Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson declared the Stelvio Pass the “greatest driving road in the world”. With 48 hairpin bends and located over 2,700 metres above sea level, the route is a test for any driver and was described by Clarkson as “15 miles of asphalt spaghetti draped on an Alp”.
Great Ocean Road, Australia
Listed as a National Heritage site, the Great Ocean Road runs for 150 miles along the south-eastern coast of Australia. The scenery is awe-inspiring and there’s a bit of history to learn along the way. This wonderful stretch of road was built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and was dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, making the route the world’s largest war memorial.
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