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21 Coolest Roads In The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/03/2010 3:39 pm Updated: 09/18/2012 3:41 pm

Driving the open road is one of the rare pleasures in life. The ability to roll the windows down and enjoy the view is such a treat.

There is much to be said for scenic drives, but what about scenic roads? The roads that, in themselves, are pretty amazing.

Here are 21 totally cool roads around the world. Send us photos of your favorites!

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  • Hollingbury, England

  • Ruapehu Road, New Zealand

  • Oberlap Pass, Switzerland

    <em>Flickr: Mike Knell</em>

  • Cuzco, Peru

  • Twisted road in the Alps

  • Chita Peninsula, Japan

  • Badlands Loop Road, South Dakota

  • The road from Pirguli to Damirchi, Azerbaijan

  • Bangalore, India

  • Bow Valley Parkway, Canada

  • Klingle Farm, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

  • Pott's Road, New Zealand

  • Rampart Range Road, Colorado

  • The Atlantic Road, Norway

  • Overseas Highway, Key West, Florida

  • Col de Turini, France

    <em>Flickr: jodastephen</em>

  • Lysebotn Road, Norway

    <em>Flickr: kalev kevad</em>

  • North Yungas “Road of Death," Bolivia

    <em>Flickr: bjaglin</em>

  • Trollstigen, Norway

    <em>Flickr: Daniele Faieta</em>

  • The Road to Hana, Maui

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mauiboy"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/544195-tiny.png?20090802020039" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mauiboy">Mauiboy</a>:<br />The Road to Hana is famous for it's spectacular views, it's windy road and the waterfalls scattered along the way. Bring your own picnic lunch, because restaurants are rare and the views are breathtaking.

  • Stelvio Pass, Italy

    Flickr: Damian Morys Foto

  • Hawai'i Backroads - Pahala

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/StopDU"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/StopDU">StopDU</a>:<br />Hawai'i Backroads - Pahala to Naalehu

  • Amalfi Coast, Italy

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/librarilal"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/librarilal">librarilal</a>:<br />

  • Transfagarasan, Romania

    <em>Flickr: EUPHEME</em>

  • Road from Argentina to Chile

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/librarilal"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/librarilal">librarilal</a>:<br />

  • Serra do Rio do Rastro, Brazil

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/gpmalone"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/gpmalone">gpmalone</a>:<br />Photo by GP Malone www.gpmalone.com

  • Mount Evans Byway (Highway in the sky)

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TazoWolf"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/447817-2-tiny.png?20100905143708" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TazoWolf">TazoWolf</a>:<br />Highest paved road in N. America at over 14,000 ft. elevation, often a great place to find mountain goats, and a wcome challenge to the avid cyclist.

  • Loveland Pass

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TazoWolf"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/447817-2-tiny.png?20100905143708" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/TazoWolf">TazoWolf</a>:<br />A scenic alternative to Eisenhauer Tunnel, crossing the N. America continental divide.

  • Scenic Ogden Canyon - Ogden, Utah

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/LownotesB"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1198824223/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/LownotesB">LownotesB</a>:<br />Ogden Canyon is one of the most breathtaking road in the country. Vaulting cliffs and rock outcroppings line both sides of the roadway. The south fork of the Ogden, River runs through as well. Ogden Canyon is the favorite leg of the famous Ogden Marathon and also home of historic Oaks Restaurant.

  • machu picchu & bus road from huayno picchu

  • Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dentuso"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/253621-tiny.png?20091107193504" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/dentuso">dentuso</a>:<br />Cape Breton. Amazing.

  • Oaxaca, Mexico

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Starman033"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Starman033">Starman033</a>:<br />This is the road that goes from Mexico City to Oaxaca.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway North Carolina

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Babele"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/463593-tiny.png?20100802095938" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Babele">Babele</a>:<br />

  • Intestine Road, Nigeria

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bimpesings"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bimpesings">bimpesings</a>:<br />

  • Pinon Hills

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tnrc75"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tnrc75">tnrc75</a>:<br />Between Lancaster and San Bernardino, California, USA

  • Scenic Highway 12, Southern Utah

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/travelinfl"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/travelinfl">travelinfl</a>:<br />Long seen in many car commercials this 35 mile road was cut into solid rock. In places the road is 25 feet wide with a drop of hundreds of feet on both sides.

  • Umm Qais, Jordan

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/LoovRoos"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/LoovRoos">LoovRoos</a>:<br />Ancient Roman road at Umm Qais (Gadara), Jordan, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

  • Highway 1, CA

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/gcfaas"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/gcfaas">gcfaas</a>:<br />Highway 1 hugging the pacific coast line of southern California. Especially the stretch from Santa Barbera to San Fransisco is gorgeous.

  • Driving the Going to the Sun Road

    A narrated video tour of one of the most scenic roads in North America. The Going to the Sun Road cuts through Glacier National Park in Montana. The scenery includes stunning mountains, lakes and wildlife. It was shot in 2003 while forest fires were transforming the park.

  • Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana, U.S.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Clay Chiles"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/925058-tiny.png?20100815021043" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/hp_blogger_Clay Chiles">Clay Chiles</a>:<br />A breathtakingly scenic but notoriously treacherous road over the continental divide in Glacier National Park.

  • La Cumbre, La Paz, Bolivia

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mrpalba"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/mrpalba">mrpalba</a>:<br />

  • Chief Joseph Highway, WY

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lamp_of_Diogenes"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lamp_of_Diogenes">Lamp of Diogenes</a>:<br />The Chief Joseph Highway (WY 296) starts north of Cody and runs up to Cooke City at the northeast entrance of Yellowstone NP. We've driven a whole bunch of beautiful roads--including some that are already posted here--and we believe the Chief Joseph Highway is the most beautiful road we've ever been on, bar none. If you go to Yellowstone, this road is a can't miss addition to your trip.

  • Niassa road, Northern Mozambique

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Big_Bug"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Big_Bug">Big Bug</a>:<br />Heading north towards Tanzania, it just keeps getting wilder....

  • Capitol Reef National Park, UT

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Raimonda_Murmokaite"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Raimonda_Murmokaite">Raimonda Murmokaite</a>:<br />

  • Valley of Fire, Nevada

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Raimonda_Murmokaite"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Raimonda_Murmokaite">Raimonda Murmokaite</a>:<br />

  • Valley of the Gods, UT

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Raimonda_Murmokaite"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Raimonda_Murmokaite">Raimonda Murmokaite</a>:<br />

  • Capitol Reef National Park, UT

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Raimonda_Murmokaite"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Raimonda_Murmokaite">Raimonda Murmokaite</a>:<br />

  • Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tjmmgb"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tjmmgb">tjmmgb</a>:<br />A stretch of road near Chiang Dao, Thailand. Spectacular views like this are common throughout the province.

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