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5 of the World's Most Breathtaking Road Trips

Germany’s Romantic Road

Dreamed up by travel agents in the 1950s, Germany’s "Romantic Road" nonetheless delivers the goods: The 220-mile route hopscotches between picturesque towns and castles in southern

Germany. Highlights include Wertheim Castle, a ruined stone castle dating to the 12th century; Hohes Schloss, a late-gothic fortified castle that for centuries served as the summer residence for the Prince Bishops of Augsburg; and the Minster of St. George, a stately late-gothic hall church with a Romanesque tower gate.

Vancouver to Tofino, British Columbia

Not all great road trips involve a ferry, but this one does. Cars drive aboard in Vancouver and cross the Strait of Georgia, passing lush scenes of forest, mountain and sea before reaching Vancouver Island. From there, the route snakes through temperate rainforest until reaching Tofino on the island’s west coast. On the way, stop at Klitsa Mountain — criss-crossed with hiking trails, it affords breathtaking views of Port Alberni and the Alberni Valley below.

Switzerland’s Furka Pass

This high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps might look familiar; it was used as a location in the James Bond film Goldfinger. At an elevation of nearly 8,000 feet, the pass is steep, winding and located in one of the snowiest regions in the country, making it potentially a treacherous road trip. But those who take the risk are repaid with fantastic alpine panoramas, lush rolling hills and primo yodeling opportunities.

Norway’s Atlantic Road

Opened in 1989, the Atlantic Road connects the Nordic island of Averoy with the mainland via eight bridges that span a series of small islands and islets. In clear weather, the drive is easy and tranquil; in storms, spraying ocean water can completely envelop the road. Either way, you're in for a treat.

Iceland’s Ring Road

During warmer months, the entirety of Iceland can be circled on the Ring Road, an 828-mile route that hugs the coast of this island nation. Along the way, roadtrippers will pass all manner of natural splendor: soaring waterfalls, otherworldly glacial lagoons and rolling open fields dotted with sheep. Proceed at your own peril in the winter, when portions of the road are frozen over.

 

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