If you truly love cars it’s not just about the machines themselves it’s also about the feeling you get when a great car hugs the tarmac around a tight turn or the majesty of some great scenery as it whizzes by your window at 80 miles an hour.
While a beautiful car is fun to drive on just about any road anywhere, there are some roads that simply rise above the rest. These are roads with twisting turns through mountain passes and scenic ocean views to take your breath away. Here are five of the coolest highways on the planet for driving a sports car on.
California’s Highway One (Big Sur)
There are a lot of great driving roads in the US, but not many can match the majesty of the Big Sur highway. This stretch of highway running along California’s Pacific Coast is one of the most popular driving destinations for Americans and right across the globe.
It features many hairpin turns that bring you perilously close to the edge of some of the steepest cliffs around, which makes for an extremely thrilling ride. When you combine this with a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean always just out your window there aren’t very many roads that can match its driving experience.
The German Autobahns
A list of the world’s best driving roads would never be complete without a tip of the hat to the German Autobahns. With over 8000 miles of roads with no speed limits what better place to test your mettle as a driver? This road system isn’t just attractive because of its lack of a speed limit though, it also features some of the most scenic driving you’ll find anywhere.
Ruta 40 Argentina
This next Highway on our list is probably one of the least known driving destinations for car enthusiasts, but there are few places in the world that can match the beauty and exhilaration you’ll feel racing down this highway.
Ruta 40 covers large tracts of Argentina and the best of those wind through the Andes Mountains making for some hairpin turns that will test the skills of even the most experienced drivers.
You’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of the Karakoram Highway as this road cuts through some of the most perilous mountain passes you’ll find anywhere in the world, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list.
This is one of the highest paved roads in the world and cuts a path from China to Pakistan through the Karakoram mountain range. If you plan on travelling on this road, be prepared to keep your wits about you as there are no second chances.
Stelvio Pass Italy
If you’ve ever traveled to Italy you might’ve had the pleasure of driving on the Stelvio Pass – with 48 of the tightest turns ever created by man, this road will challenge any seasoned driver.
There’s simply nothing like it anywhere in the world and it doesn’t hurt that it’s got a view that can take your breath away. You’ll want to make sure your brakes are in good condition before you attempt this road, as the turns come fast and furious.
Driving is one of the greatest pleasures in life. There’s something about the feel of power as you shift through the gears that sparks the imagination, but no matter how great a car you have the privilege of driving it’s just not the same if you don’t have a great road to do it on. The roads mentioned above are a great place to start.