Hit the road through some of the most scenic drives of the world

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They often say that the journey in itself is more important(read beautiful) than the destination and the avid travellers would happily agree with it. More often than not, it is the beautiful roads during the journey that stay with you in your heart and your eyes, setting up the mood for your destination. There has never been a better meditation than a long drive with your favorite songs on and some cool breeze blowing your hair. Below are some of the most scenic drives of the world that will make you wanna hit the road right away.

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Photo of Gotthard Pass, Switzerland by Ayushee Chaudhary

Elevated high above at 2106 meters, Switzerland's Gotthard Pass traverses through the beautiful valleys of Alps offering breathtaking views and stomach cringing hairpin bends. Up and over the mountains, through long tunnels and excellent roads, the pass connecting northern and southern Switzerland will spoil you for the choice of views.

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Photo of Atlantic Ocean Road, Averøy, Norway by Ayushee Chaudhary

Spreading over five miles, Norway's Atlantic Road is a dream road for a driving enthusiast. It connects the villages of Vevang and Kårvåg via a magnificent isle and series of seven low-lying bridges that follow the islands like a snake. With dramatic twists and turns, this exclusive ride takes you right out to the ocean's edge and offers you not just the most splendid views and unique road experience but also gives you the adrenaline rush that a roller coaster provides. Also known as "The Road in the Ocean", this national tourist route is stretched across 8.3 km and abounds in lush coastal landscapes.

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Photo of U.S. 163, Kayenta, AZ, USA by Ayushee Chaudhary

Spread over a 103 km, the U.S. Route 163 is one of America's most iconic roads, having made its way to the silver screen an ample amount of times.Running from US 160 northward to US 191 in the United States of Arizona and Utah, the scenic byway traverses through the Monument Valley, cutting through the red rock desert, crossing the San Juan River via a suspension bridge and ending in a historic settlement nestled among 300-foot high sandstone cliffs.

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Photo of Great Ocean Road, Wongarra VIC, Australia by Ayushee Chaudhary

Stretching over 150 miles from the town of Torquay in the east to Warrnambol in the West, the Great Ocean Road of Australia is an experience and not just a drive. Also referred to as the road to coastal freedom, it offers some of the most scenic sights as you drive along the south-west coast of Victoria. Built as a tribute to the region's World War I servicemen and women, the road was recently added to Australia's National Heritage List. Crossing through the Great Ocean Road will take you past sights like the Great Otway National Park, its lush waterfalls and limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles.

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Photo of Tianmen Mountain, Yongding, Zhangjiajie, China by Ayushee Chaudhary

Even with a distance of hardly seven miles, the Tianmen Mountain Road is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. With sharp twists and turns through its 99 bends in that mere distance, the road elevates from 22 to 1,300 metres of height leading to the top of the mountain. Also called the 'heaven-linking avenue' by some, the road steeply reaches to the Tianmen Cave or Gateway to Heaven which is a natural rock arch cut into the mountain accessible after climbing 999 steps.

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Photo of Icefields Parkway, Trans-Canada Highway, Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada by Ayushee Chaudhary

//A great website to plan your Icefield Parkway and Columbia Icefield travel trip ... picnic amidst the splendour of the Canadian Rockies pristine wilderness. The Icefields Parkway parallels the Continental Divide through some of the ... Icefield is the largest mass of glacial ice in the Canadian Rockies.//

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Photo of Arches National Park, Utah, USA by Ayushee Chaudhary

//Arches National Park lies north of Moab in the state of Utah. Bordered by the Colorado River in the southeast, it’s known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive, red-hued Delicate Arch in the east. Long, thin Landscape Arch stands in Devils Garden to the north. Other geological formations include Balanced Rock, towering over the desert landscape in the middle of the park.//

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Photo of Chapmans Peak Drive, Chapmans Peak, Cape Town, South Africa by Ayushee Chaudhary

//Winding its way from Noordhoek, a suburb of Cape Town, to the town of Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive is a five-and-a-half mile route skirting the side of its mountain namesake that takes in one of South Africa’s most spectacular coastlines. With 114 curves, flanked by both the towering mountainside and sheer drops into the Atlantic Ocean below, Chapman’s Peak Drive is a nail-biting route passing though a number of picnic spots and whale-watching vantage points that offer respite from the hair-raising drive.//

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Photo of Calanques de Piana, Piana, France by Ayushee Chaudhary

//Calanques de Piana are Corsican calanques located in Piana, between Ajaccio and Calvi, ... Location of Calanques de Piana in Corsica. Calanques de Piana is located in France. Calanques de Piana (France). Show map of Corsica Show map of France//

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ATLAS MOUNTAIN ROAD, MOROCCO

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///Road of a thousand Kasbahs is a spectacular drive winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages and palm groves through the Dades Valley between the Atlas Mountains and Anti-Atlas mountain range, in Morocco.///

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Photo of Passo dello Stelvio, Stilfs, South Tyrol, Italy by Ayushee Chaudhary

//The Stelvio Pass is a mountain pass in northern Italy bordering Switzerland at an elevation of 2,757 m above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps, 13 m below France's Col de l'Iseran.//

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Photo of Karakoram Highway, Abbottabad, Pakistan by Ayushee Chaudhary

//Beginning just north of Islamabad in Pakistan and ending just over 800 miles later in the city of Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang region, the Karakoram Highway is amongst the highest paved roads in the world. It was constructed over the course of 20 years and with an elevation of around 4,700 meters at its highest point. Traversing some of the toughest, but most breathtaking terrain on the planet, the highway passes the glacial landscape of the Karakoram Mountains into China, following a path on the ancient Silk Road route.//

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