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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 July 10, 2020

                                                                        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                                        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                                        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                                        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                                        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                                        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                                        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                                        Boundaries are limits

                                                                        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                                        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                                        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                                        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                                        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                                        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                                        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                                        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                                        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                                        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                                        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                                        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                                        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                                        • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                                        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                                        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                                        • When do you want to be alone?
                                                                        • How much space do you need?

                                                                        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                                        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                                        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                                        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                                        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                                        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                                        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                                        Sample language:

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                                                                        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                                        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                                        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                                        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                                        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                                        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                                        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                                        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                                        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                                        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                                        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                                        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                                        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                                        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                                        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                                        Final Thoughts

                                                                        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                                        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                                        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                                        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                                        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                                        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                                        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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