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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 August 15, 2018

                                                                        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                        7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                                                        Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                                                                        Video Summary

                                                                        Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                                                        There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                                                        This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                                                        Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                                                        In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                                                        One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                                                        There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                                                        By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                                                        When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                                                        Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                                                        In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                                                        What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                                                        What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                                                          1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                                                          Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                                                          • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                                                          • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                                                          • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                                                          • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                                                          2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                                                            Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                                                            Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                                                            3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                                              Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                                              4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                                                Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                                                A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                                                A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                                                On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                                                5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                                                  Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                                                  6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                                                    Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                                                    7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                                                      Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                                                      How to hold a plank position

                                                                                      1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                                                      2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                                                      3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                                                      4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                                                      5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                                                      6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                                                      7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                                                      Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                                                      Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                                                        How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                                                        1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                                                        2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                                                        3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                                                        Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                                                        Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                                                        You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                                                        • Prolapse
                                                                                        • After prolapse surgery
                                                                                        • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                                                        • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                                                        • Previous childbirth
                                                                                        • Overweight

                                                                                        Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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