Road trips, hiking, cross-continent train trips—sometimes half the fun in a journey is getting there, and all the better if it offers fantastic views.
Here are some amazing paths that, if looks are anything to go by, are often traveled and for good reason.
The Caucasus Mountains between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.
The Cheddar Gorge in the UK.
San Francisco’s iconic steep roads.
Winnats Road, Hope Valley, United Kingdom.
This one isn’t for the faint of heart: El Caminito del Rey’ (King’s Little Path) footpath in Spain, one of the most dangerous paths in the world.
The sun peaks through a canopy of trees turning from green to gold October 18, 2008 on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park, Virginia. The red and gold leaves in the Blue Ridge Mountains draw hundreds of people to the scenic drive.
Great Ocean Road in Kennett River, Australia.
The Transfagarasan Highway in Romania, also known as Ceaușescu’s Folly, was actually built as a strategic military route.
The Almafi Coast off Italy affords great views whether you’re travelling on land or sea.
Lysebotn Road in Norway is simply breathtaking.
Here, runners traverse the Mount Everest Challenge Marathon route, which has spectacular views of Everest and Kanchenjunga at Sandakphu National Park near Darjeeling, India.
The 300-meter high (and 180-meter long) glass plank road in Shiniuzhai. The “musical” plank road contains electronic components which produce sounds and different notes according to visitor’s footsteps.
Well, it’s certainly an experience.
Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to Morro Bay is one of the best views you can get on a drive in America.
Icefield Parkway in Alberta, Canada, looks like something straight from a postcard.