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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 September 18, 2020

                                                                        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                                        7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                                        Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                                                        Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                                                        1. Exercise Daily

                                                                        It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                                                        If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                                                        Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                                                        2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                                                        Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                                                        One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                                                        This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                                                        3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                                                        Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                                                        Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                                                        Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                                                        4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                                                        Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                                                        The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                                                        • Eat unprocessed foods
                                                                        • Eat more veggies
                                                                        • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                                                        • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                                                        Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                                          5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                                          Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                                          This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                                          If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                                          6. Start Slow

                                                                          Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                                          If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                                          7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                                          Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                                          My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                                          If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                                          I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                                          Final Thoughts

                                                                          Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                                          Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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