Motoring

The Top Ten Driving Roads In The World

Furka Pass Switzerland

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  1. The Furka Pass (Switzerland)

You’ll no doubt recognise the Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps from James Bond’s Goldfinger. The car chase with an Aston DB5 and a Ford Mustang combines a few tight turns with a long path along the rock-face on enviably smooth roads.

Stelvio Pass (Italy)

  1. Stelvio Pass (Italy)

Top Gear may rate it (they’ve named it the world’s best driving road in the past) but not everyone loves the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Tyrol. Admittedly it’s busy, and it’s not picture-perfect, but there’s still a charm to one of the highest roads in the Alps. The mountain passes are really jaw-dropping, and if you head down it, in the direction of Bormio, there’s a few stops that offer spectacular views.

Highway 1 (USA)

  1. Highway 1 (USA)

Arguably the most famous and glamorous of all, Highway 1 in California takes in America’s beautiful coastal roads. For 90 miles, the road twists round Big Sur’s cliffs and passes some pretty coastal parks.

Military Road (Scotland)

  1. Military Road (Scotland)

The Military Road is located in Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. If it’s a peaceful, traffic-free drive through beautiful countryside you’re after, you won’t find much better than this.

Karakoram Highway (Pakistan)

  1. Karakoram Highway (Pakistan)

The highest international road in the world, the Karakoram Highway links China and Pakistan. It’s otherwise known as the eighth wonder of the world due to the incredibly difficult conditions under which it was built and unsurprisingly, it’s a huge tourist attraction – but don’t let that put you off.

Death Valley (USA)

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  1. Death Valley (USA)

Driving from Las Vegas to Mammoth in the US will take you through the sun-bleached sparseness of Death Valley. It’s a surreal trip, made even more so by the abundant Mammoth Lakes over Yosemite National Park which you’ll come out to.

San Bernadino Pass (Switzerland)

7. San Bernadino Pass (Switzerland)

One of the most popular routes in the Alps, the San Bernadino Pass offers a beautifully smooth drive. It’s a steep, narrow ascent but it’s all worth it when you reach the final ascent, where the road widens to reveal stunning views.

The Amalfi Coast (Italy)

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8. The Amalfi Coast (Italy)

There’s nowhere quite like the Amalfi Coast for truly postcard-worthy Mediterranean landscapes. Vivid turquoise water, rich green mountains and multi-hued houses are just some of the sights you’ll see as you wind round the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula.

Transfagarasan (Romania)

  1. Transfagarasan

Popular for its stunning views and dramatic twists and turns, the Transfagarasan in Romania is a fabulous road to drive – if you can avoid potholes and tourists, of course.

Great Ocean Road (Australia)

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  1. Great Ocean Road (Australia) 

Part of the Australian National Heritage, the Great Ocean Road runs along the south-eastern coast of Australia. Poignantly, it also acts as the world’s largest war memorial – built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932, it’s dedicated to those who lost their lives in World War One.

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Hannah Silver

Hannah is a luxury lifestyle journalist specialising in watches and jewellery. Immersing herself in timepieces, she complements her stints at Oracle Time with The Daily Telegraph’s beautiful watch publication, Telegraph Time.