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There’s nothing quite as freeing as hitting the open road. There is just something about getting in a car, putting it in drive and letting the road carry you off on an adventure that feels exhilarating. With this in mind, it makes sense that BBC’s “Top Gear” trio, Clarkson, May and Hammond, have a new show focused on the world’s best drives. “The Grand Tour" will debut on Amazon Prime and is essentially a 'round-the-world road trip.
Inspired by these illuminating drives, Telegraph writer David Williams has put together a list of some of the world’s best drives for those of us who aren’t satisfied with the thrill of armchair travel.
His first suggestion is California’s iconic Highway 1 through Big Sur.
“Clinging to mountains and cliffs, twisting and turning, soaring to 1,000 feet and dropping back to sea level, 'California 1' from Monterey to Morro Bay is one of America’s greatest, most scenic drives. Do it in a day or rent a log cabin midway,” Williams suggests.
North Coast 500 in Scotland is another worthy endeavor for the road warrior.
“Touted as Scotland’s answer to Route 66, this atmospheric, circular tour is actually much more varied than its U.S. cousin, uniting some of the Highlands’ most remote roads. Start at Inverness, venture up the craggy west coast then back via the rugged north and east coasts. Marvel at mountain, loch, castle and coast all the way,” writes Williams.
Austria’s Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse is also on the list of must-do road trips.
“Who wouldn’t want to tackle one of the most famous road trips of them all, the 36 hairpin bends and 48 kilometers that comprise this switchback route between Heiligenblut and Bruck over Austria’s highest peak, the Grossglockner?” asks Williams.
For more amazing roads that will truly take your breath away and the details for planning a trip, read on here.