Great Ocean Road: Australia
This 249-mile drive along the country’s southern coast is like California State Route 1 on steroids, with beachside towns, dramatic mountains, and curves—lots of them. Three days of driving has a week’s worth of highlights, including a detour to the Southern Ocean at Bells Beach, stops for koala and kangaroo sightings at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and rain forest hikes in Great Otway National Park.
Ticlio Pass: Peru
Crossing this mountain pass—the highest paved road in South America, at 15,807 feet—may give you altitude sickness, but the risk is rewarded with snowy peaks, sapphire lakes, and impromptu llama crossings. The route is 60 miles from Lima, an easy day trip, and native Andean culture is on display along the way.
Milford Road: New Zealand
This 146-mile round-trip drive into the South Island’s Fiordland National Park is full of Jurassic-size ferns, glassy lakes, and jagged peaks at every turn. And its end point, Milford Sound—with sheer rock walls that plunge into seawater full of fur seals, penguins, and dolphins—is stunning. It’s also a dead end, meaning you get to do it all over again.
Suhua Highway: Taiwan
The hairpin turns along this 73-mile stretch of road, carved into steep cliffs on the island’s east coast, are perfect for thrill seekers. With falling rocks and passing trucks, it can be exceptionally dangerous to get distracted by the blue Pacific waters below—but what a view it is.
Overseas Highway: Florida
This 113-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 1, which travels from Miami to Key West, is often called the Highway That Goes to Sea. You’ll understand why when you float above the blue Caribbean waters on 42 bridges that connect each key, every one of which has its own island vibe.
Wild Atlantic Way: Ireland
This 1,500-mile route, which traverses the entirety of the Emerald Isle’s West Coast, is full of hidden beaches, dramatic cliffs, and rolling hillsides. Every little Irish village is full of charm (and whiskey distilleries), and you can bite off practically any chunk and get a taste of the whole.
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