Tuesday, November 18, 2014

5 scenic road trips you will never forget‏

You've heard the phrase 'the journey is more important than the destination.' Now hit the road to know what it really means. Whether its dramatic coastlines or high-altitude landscapes, these picturesque stretches are best experienced on the road.

The Amalfi coast, Italy
The Amalfi coast in southern Italy's Sorrento Peninsula is home to one of the most legendary drives in the world. It is, in UNESCO's words, "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape". Expect stunning sights all along its 25-mile sweep, with cliffs, towns and historic, terraced villages on one side and mesmerising views of the Mediterranean Sea on the other.

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Manali - Leh Highway, India
This winding 490 kilometre-long highway has spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayas,mountain passes, glaciers, streams and high-altitude plains. It's covered in snow for much of the year, and only opens during the summer months, between June and October. Keep your camera ready for some stunning Kodak moments, but be prepared for some hairpin bends.

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Great Alpine Road, France
Ever looked wistfully at those cyclists making their way through the picturesque French Alps in the Tour de France? Well, consider driving along the Great Alpine Road, or the Routes des Grandes Alpes, which connects Lake Geneva and the French Riviera. Travel through the snow-capped mountains, valleys and lakes of the French Alps, but watch out for some hair-raising corners around mountain passes such as Col de l'Iseran, the highest paved pass in the Alps.

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Atlantic Road, Norway
This zigzagging road on the Norwegian coastline, eight kilometres long, passes across seven bridges. The most famous of these, the Storseisundet Bridge, is known for its scary twists and turns. The ride comes with breathtaking views of the western fjords, and the surprising glimpses of seals, whales and exotic birds along the way are an added attraction.

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Interoceanic Highway, Peru-Brazil
Completed in 2011, this 2,600km-long transcontinental highway links the South American countries of Peru and Brazil, and passes through several dramatically contrasting landscapes. It runs along the Peruvian coast, through remote stretches of the Andes and dense Amazonian rainforests. Stop at the Incan and Spanish colonial capital of Cusco for a slice of history - from here, you can take a diversion to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu.

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