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35 Most Amazing Roads In The World You Should Drive In Your Lifetime

35 Most Amazing Roads In The World You Should Drive In Your Lifetime

There are few things more invigorating than exploring a new road alongside a beautiful landscape. Our world has many roads to travel on, but there are 35 roads that rank among the most amazing — in terms of beauty, navigation and pure experience:

Rohtang Pass, India

    1. Rohtang Pass, India

    Although landslides are rampant throughout Rohtang Pass, the precaution is worthwhile when you consider you’ll see some of the most beautiful glaciers, rivers and clouded mountaintops in the world.

    Chapman's Peak Drive, South Africa

      2. Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa

      This beautiful road overlooks the sea and feels like you’re traveling alongside a mountain’s edge. Its 114 curves means the five miles will require some attentive driving, but with views like this it’s well worth it.

      Ruta, Argentina

        3. Ruta, Argentina

        This 3000-mile drive crosses 20 national parks and 18 rivers, providing both an eclectic journey and stunning views throughout its entire journey. Seekers of variety should drive on this road ASAP.

        4. State Route 1, Big Sur, California

          4. State Route 1, Big Sur, California

          Running through most of the Pacific coast in California, SR 1 epitomizes West Coast beauty, with crisp-clear ocean views and green valley-like landscapes. There are few things better than cruising down SR 1, windows down and surf-rock playing on a sunny day.

          A82 Road, Scotland

            5. A82 Road, Scotland

            Visiting Scotland? There isn’t a route that better shows the gorgeous countryside and scenic areas like the A82 Road in Glencoe, where everything from overgrown grass on rocks to historical bridges is worth a gander.

            Hana Highway, Hawaii

              6. Hana Highway, Hawaii

              It’s true that many roads in Hawaii are beautiful, since the island hosts a lush landscape in most places, but the Hana Highway provides some of the most diverse sights, including rainforests, the ocean and sweeping waterfalls.

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              Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina-Virginia, USA

                7. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina/Virginia, USA

                If you’re seeking a view of the Appalachian Highlands and the colorful beauty it has to offer, this parkway that extends from North Carolina to Virginia will provide images your mind will never forget.

                Atlantic Road, Norway

                  8. Atlantic Road, Norway

                  Norway’s beauty is captured on this road, where wildlife like seals and whales swim in blue Atlantic Ocean waters as you look at the lush green mountains and rocky horizon in the distance. A blissful ride.

                  Valley of Fire Road, Nevada

                    9. Valley of Fire Road, Nevada

                    If you’re fond of the color red, this may be your favorite road in the world. Beautiful red sand stones are abundant here, looking as if they’re on fire when under sunlight.

                    Milford Road, New Zealand

                      10. Milford Road, New Zealand

                      Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand partly because of its gorgeous, naturalistic views, which are captured in Milford Road in the middle of the Southern Alps.

                      North Yungas Road, Bolivia

                        11. North Yungas Road, Bolivia

                        Although thick fog can obscure the beautiful greenery of North Yungas Road and its turns make it a dangerous journey, there are few more entrancing roads on earth thanks to the deep green beauty that surrounds the drive. On the bright side, at least it’s not in the list of the world’s fastest roads.

                        Overseas Highway, Florida, USA

                          12. Overseas Highway, Florida, USA

                          Many take this highway-bridge combo to cross between mainland Florida and vacation hotspot the Florida Keys, experiencing the feeling of driving across the ocean for miles and miles. Driving across here during sunset is highly recommended.

                          Scenic Byway 163, Arizona-Utah, USA

                            13. Scenic Byway 163, Arizona/Utah, USA

                            Fans of Valley of Fire Road will also enjoy this one, as the Scenic Byway continues to highlight red rocks and desert across a 45-mile drive.

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                              14. Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, Abu Dhabi

                              Many regard watching the sunset at the summit of Jebel Hafeet Mountain to be one of the most beautiful sights known to man. Experience this for yourself by traveling the scenic Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in the late afternoon.

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                                15. Trollstigen, Norway

                                Translating to “troll ladder”, this winding road rewards drivers with a view of the 1050-foot Stigfossen waterfall, which drops over green and gravelly mountains for a truly breathtaking view.

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                                  16. Oberalp Pass, Switzerland

                                  At 6,706 feet above sea level, one can be assured of ample seasonal rainfall that contributes to the lush green and curvy landscapes that encompass this stunning road, which is only open during the summer.

                                  great ocean road australia

                                    17. Great Ocean Road, Australia

                                    Home to rainforests, beautiful ocean views, national parks and the famously unique limestone stacks “Twelve Apostles“, Great Ocean Road is one of the most scenic in the world.

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                                      18. Col de l’Iseran, France

                                      As the highest paved road in the Alps, Col de l’Iseran is great for both biking and driving during the summer, featuring epic mountainous landscapes and glimpses of medieval-style architecture.

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                                        19. Karakoram Highway

                                        As the connection between Pakistan and China, this highway serves a vital role, but also a very scenic one — with majestic snow-tipped mountains a common sight.

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                                          20. Interstate 70, Utah, USA

                                          Many drivers seeking a visually stimulating detour in Utah opt for Interstate 70, which winds through the spacious Spotted Wolf Canyon for truly mesmerizing views.

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                                            21. Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia, Canada

                                            Green mountainous peaks and crisp-clear blue ocean water dominate this gorgeous drive, where travelers can feel free to stop and admire the ocean or take a break in the wildlife-thriving woods.

                                            Switchbacks on Grimselpass (Switzerland)

                                              22. Furka Pass, Switzerland

                                              As the setting for the James Bond film Goldfinger, this mountain pass in the Swiss Alps is a winding journey full of snow-tipped mountains and rolling green landscapes.

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                                                23. White Rim Road, Canyonlands National Park, Utah

                                                The 100-mile stretch of White Rim Road is ideal for adventurers in four-wheel vehicles or mountain bikes, with steep and exposed sections sitting alongside the mesa-like beauty.

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                                                  24. Tianmen Mountain Road, China

                                                  Located in Tianmen Mountain National Park, this winding 11 km road brings visitors to the top of the mountain for some of the most beautiful sights they will ever experience.

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                                                    25. Stelvio Pass, Italy

                                                    At 9,045 feet, this Italian road was chosen by British automotive show Top Gear as the “greatest driving road in the world” with its sharp turns matching its striking landscapes.

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                                                      26. Col de Turini, France

                                                      Like Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps, this mountain pass in France features vibrant green forestry that’s a treat for all eyes.

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                                                        27. Denali Highway, Alaska

                                                        Alaska is one of the most beautiful states in the USA. This highway shows why, with a particularly striking view of Denali National Park.

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                                                          28. Sani Pass, South Africa

                                                          A 4×4 vehicle is required to drive on Sani Pass, which features roads that feel like you’re riding on the side of a mountain. The rolling green landscapes provide a stimulating view during a ride suited to thrill-seekers.

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                                                            29. Going-to-the-Sun-Road, Montana

                                                            This road’s beauty matches its name; the two-lane, 50-mile highway spans the width of Glacier National Park, which means amazing views at glacial lakes, cedar forests and green tundras. This is a ride not to miss.

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                                                              30. U.S. Route 550, Colorado

                                                              Featuring outstanding views of Colorado’s many mountains and forests, U.S. Route 550 stretches for 25 miles and is captivating the entire ride.

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                                                                31. Transfăgărășan, Romania

                                                                The second highest-paved road in Romania, drivers on Transfăgărășan are treated to curvy green landscapes accompanied by a variety of grey-tinted stones that sit gently along the grass.

                                                                Hawaii Belt

                                                                  32. The Hawaii Belt, Hawaii

                                                                  The “Hawaii Belt” refers to the three state routes – 11, 19 and 190 – that circle around the island. Drivers can expect stunning views of volcanoes, white beaches, vibrant jungles and mountain views throughout the trip.

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                                                                    33. Finger Lakes Highways, New York

                                                                    This section of central New York offers a spacious drive with a plethora of classic farmhouses, local wineries and lovely small towns along the way, not to mention the beautiful Finger Lakes.

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                                                                      34. Iroha-zaka, Japan

                                                                      As the connection between central Nikko and Oku-Nikko, Iroha-zaka is a winding road that offers breathtaking views of Japan’s colorful landscapes.

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                                                                        35. Palisades Interstate Parkway, New Jersey

                                                                        New Jersey has a poor reputation due to unattractive cities like Newark, but this parkway shows the best of the state via beautiful views of the Hudson River. It’s not far from the also-gorgeous Delaware Water Gap roads, as well.

                                                                        Featured photo credit: Memories by Mike via Flickr.com

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                                                                        Last Updated on February 20, 2019

                                                                        13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                                                        13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                                                        Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                                                        Why is this so critically important to you?

                                                                        The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                                                        Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                                                        1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                                                        Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                                                        When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                                                        • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                                                        • The man facing the judge.
                                                                        • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                                                        • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                                                        • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                                                        • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                                                        These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                                                        Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                                                        Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                                                        2. Accept Your Fear

                                                                        Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                                                        We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                                                        And here’s what can be done.

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                                                                        3. Get Some Perspective

                                                                        I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                                                        And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                                                        That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                                                        We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                                                        So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                                                        • Are you really at risk?
                                                                        • Will this kill you?
                                                                        • Which leads us on to..
                                                                        • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                                                        4. Hold a Hand

                                                                        As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                                                        Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                                                        We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                                                        Ask yourself:

                                                                        • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                                                        • Could that really happen?
                                                                        • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                                                        • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                                                        By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                                                        5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                                                        This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                                                        Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                                                        The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                                                        It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                                                        For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                                                        Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                                                        6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                                                        I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                                                        Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                                                        Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                                                        Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                                                        Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                                                        Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                                                        7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                                                        Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                                                        I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                                                        It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                                                        One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                                                        Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                                                        It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                                                        8. Assume the Worse

                                                                        If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                                                        Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                                                        • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                                                        • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                                                        • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                                                        And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                                                        When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                                                        Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                                                        9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                                                        If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                                                        Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                                                        Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                                                        10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                                                        One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                                                        11. Go with Fear

                                                                        When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                                                        I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                                                        Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                                                        One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                                                        However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                                                        We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                                                        12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                                                        And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                                                        The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                                                        What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                                                        13. Own Your Fear

                                                                        Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                                                        We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                                                        You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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