15 Epic Roads To Drive Before You Die

15 Epic Roads To Drive Before You Die

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    Connecting tiny village Realp at the foot of the mountain with Gletsch in the upper Rhone valley, you’ll see awesome views of the Rhone glacier to the west as you climb… if you dare take your eyes off the road.
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    Northern India’s Leh-Manali Highway's highest elevation is Tanglang La mountain pass at 5328m, and on average you’re two to three miles above sea level at all times on the route.
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    You need a 4x4 to traverse South Africa’s notorious Sani Pass – and only if border authorities think your vehicle’s up to the challenge. Along the road, you’ll see debris from cars that weren’t so lucky.
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    As well as being an engineering masterpiece, it also looks like a work of art - typical of the French. It opened in 2004 and was built across the Tarn valley to alleviate holiday traffic between France and Spain.
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    On the way you’ll pass waterfalls, caves and temples, and climb Thailand’s highest peak Doi Inthanon for spectacular views over the valleys.
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    Chapman’s Peak Drive was hacked in to the near-vertical face of mountain on the western side of the Cape Peninsula, 15km from Cape Town.
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    Called “the best road in the world” by Jeremy Clarkson on a 2009 edition of Top Gear, Transfăgărășan runs for 90km across the Southern Carpathian Mountains, between highest and second-highest peaks Moldoveanu and Negoiu.
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    This isn’t just one of the world’s most exhilarating drives – it’s also the largest war memorial on the planet. Built by returning soldiers from 1919 - 1932, this 243km coastal route is dedicated to Australian comrades killed during WW1.
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    A spectacular mountain pass in New Zealand’s southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass takes you on a coast-to-coast drive of South Island, from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the west.
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    Travel the Himalayas on four wheels by driving all 479km of northern India’s Leh-Manali Highway. Its highest elevation is Tanglang La mountain pass at 5328m, and on average you’re two to three miles above sea level at all times on the route.
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    Winding through Morocco’s Dadès Valley between the Atlas Mountains and the Anti-Atlas mountain range, the Dadès Gorges road runs 100 miles east from Ouarzazate with a wild landscape of snow on one side, desert on the other.
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    One of the longest bridges in the world when the first section opened in 1912, this oversea highway connects Knight’s Key (part of the city of Marathon) in the Middle Key to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys.
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