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The World's 15 Most Amazing Roads
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The World's 15 Most Amazing Roads - weather.com

buona lettura (in inglese), sapendo che il 95% non leggerà, buona visione delle immagini :lolA:

#15: The Overseas Highway, Florida Keys

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Built in 1938 on top of what was once the Overseas Railroad -- which was destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane that swept through the Florida Keys in 1935 -- the Overseas Highway stretches nearly 130 miles from end to end, mostly over water across 42 bridges between Key Largo and Key West.
If you arrive on the highway at the right time, you can see some of the most awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets anywhere in the country. Be prepared to idle on the highway if you come during the high tourist season, however. A drive that usually takes about four hours to complete can take quite a bit longer, especially on holiday weekends.


#14: Red Rock Scenic Byway, Sedona, Arizona

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The region known as the Red Rock Country of central Arizona is home to a road that's often called a "museum without walls," the Red Rock Scenic Byway. Officially State Route 179, the 7 1/2-mile-long highway stretches between Sedona and its southern terminus at Interstate 17, a short drive that offers up stunning views of the area's red rock mesas and nearby Mingus Mountains.
You'll want to plan for plenty of time to stop and take photos, and to see places just off the highway likeRed Rock State Park and the ruins of Montezuma Castle National Monument, whose well-preserved cliff dwellings provide a window into the life of the Sinagua people who lived here more than 600 years ago.


#13: Pacific Coast Highway, California

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One of the crown jewels of America's national scenic byways system, the Pacific Coast Highway stretches just over 120 miles between Monterey and Morro Bay, Calif., along a narrow two-lane road that hugs the cliffs of California's Central Coast, towering over the waves crashing into the shore below.
Some of the best spots to see along this roughly five-hour drive include Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Monterey Peninsula, home to Pebble Beach Golf Links and its famed 17-Mile Drive, as well as the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, one of the most beautiful (and photographed) places in all of California.


#12: Atlantic Road, Norway

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Nestled along the stretch of coastline known as the Hustadvika in the Western Fjords of Norway, the Atlantic Road is famed for its panoramic views of the islands between the towns of Kristiansund and Molde, where whales and seals can be spotted from the viewing points on the five-mile-long highway.
The road rises and falls with the contours of the land in many places, and can become perilous when the weather turns stormy, sending waves crashing onto the highway.


#11: Oberalp Pass, Switzerland

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Open to traffic only in the summer -- the winter months bring enough snow to make it impassable -- the Oberalp Pass is located high up in the Swiss Alps, where it connects the resort town of Aldermatt with the nearby Surselva region of Graubünden.
At just over 6,700 feet above sea level, the road also is home to the world's highest lighthouse, which opened in 2010 as a "beacon" that local officials hope will attract more tourists to the Disentis-Sedrun area, about three hours from Zurich.


#10: North Yungas Road, Bolivia



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Called "the world's most dangerous road" by the Inter American Development Bank in 1995, the North Yungas Road is described by locals a little more bluntly. Villagers here in the Bolivian Andes Mountains call it "El Camino de la Muerte," or "the Road of Death." Crosses and stone markers dot the infamously narrow single-lane road, whose tight hairpin turns and dizzying drop-offs stretch more than 40 miles between Bolivia's capital La Paz and the region known as the Yungas.
Between 200 and 300 people lose their lives every year here, plunging off the road and into the deep canyons of the Coroico River Valley, some stretches of which lie more than half a mile below. Visitors find out why especially when it's foggy and rainy, which turn the road's dirt and rocky surface into a mud-filled mess.


#9: Trollstigen, Norway

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You can both drive up the mountain and stop to take a walk on the viewing platforms at the top of Trollstigen, a winding mountain road near Rauma, Norway, whose name in English is translated as "troll's footpath." Its steep 9% incline and 11 hairpin turns feature breathtaking views of the Isterdalen Valley and the surrounding mountains, several of which have nicknames like Kongen ("the King") and Dronningen ("the Queen").
Some 7,000 cars wind their way up the mountain every day at the peak of the tourist season (May through October), but it's worth it to get a glimpse of the Stigfossen waterfall, which plunges hundreds of feet down the mountainside.


#8: Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

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One of the world's most dangerous roads -- it's been called the "road that does not tolerate any mistakes" since it first opened to traffic in 1977, high up in the Taihang Mountains of eastern China -- the Guoliang Tunnel Road is a tight squeeze, about 12 feet wide by 15 feet high.
More than two dozen "windows" were chiseled out of the sides of the 3/4-mile-long tunnel during the construction to empty out rubble, and today they offer stunning views from the cliffs into the valley hundreds of feet below. The road was built by the local villagers here to connect Guoliang with the outside world, and since then it's become a magnet for thousands of tourists every year.


#7: San Bernardino Pass, Switzerland

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At nearly 6,800 feet up in the Western Alps of Switzerland, the San Bernardino Pass claims a history that dates back to the 15th century, when it first became part of an important route for foot traffic between the Swiss cities of Thusis and Splugen. Since the four-mile-long San Bernardino road tunnel opened in the late 1960s, however, it's no longer necessary to travel the mountain pass to go between the Mesolcina and Hinterrhein valleys.
Still, the San Bernardino Pass has many fans today, among them the hosts of the BBC's television show "Top Gear," who featured it in their search to find the world's best driving roads.


#6: Los Caracoles Pass, Andes Mountains, Chile/Argentina

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Straddling the border between Chile and Argentina high up in the Andes Mountains is the Los Caracoles Pass, which translated into English means "Snails' Pass." Drivers find out why when they begin the climb up its winding hairpin turns, many of which line up one after the other, like the metal coils on the rear of a refrigerator. While the ascent from the Argentina side is said to be fairly gentle, the Chilean side offers up much steeper terrain, forcing traffic to inch slowly up the slope.
Despite its lack of guard rails and many tight switchbacks, the Los Caracoles Pass hasn't had the accident record one might expect -- though that may also be true because it's closed for much of the year due to snow, and open only for a short window of time in the summer.


#5: Col de Turini, France

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Filled with more than 30 tight hairpin turns that look out onto the breathtaking scenery of the Alps of southern France, the Col de Turini has become a favorite location over the years for French sporting events like the Monte Carlo Rally auto racing championship and cycling's Tour de France, which has been staged on this mile-high mountain pass road three times.
Like the San Bernardino Pass in Switzerland, it too has been featured on episodes of the BBC's "Top Gear," when the hosts went on a search for the world's greatest driving roads.


#4: Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road, United Arab Emirates

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Named the world's greatest driving road by Edmunds.com, the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road winds through the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, on the edge of the city of Al Ain. The road rises some 4,000 feet between its start near the Green Mubazarrah, a park in the foothills leading up to Jebel Hafeet, and the mountain's peak, where visitors can stay at the hotel there. (Though not at the palace that's also on top of the mountain -- it's reserved for the country's ruling sheikhs.)
The road's steep 8% incline makes it a challenging draw for road cyclists, as many travel here to train and to take part in the Jebel Hafeet Mercure Challenge, a duathlon (running and cycling) race that takes place here every year.

#3: Lysebotn Road, Norway

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Featuring 27 switchbacks that climb up the steep walls of the fjord here in Lysefjord, Norway, the Lysebotn Road is considered one of Europe's most breathtakingly scenic roads. At the bottom of the road lies a tunnel that stretches just over half a mile long and features three of its own switchbacks inside, called the Lysetunnelen.
Thanks to the heavy snows that fall here throughout much of the year, the Lysebotn Road is open only from May through October or November (depending on when the snow arrives).


#2: Stelvio Pass, Italy

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The highest paved mountain pass in Italy's Eastern Alps, the road we know today as the Stelvio Pass dates back to the early 1800s, when it was first built to connect the province of Lombardia with the rest of the Austrian empire. The mountain just above the pass is called Dreisprachenspitze or "Three Languages Peak," to mark the place where the German, Italian and Romansh languages meet.
Today, the challenging road features 60 hairpin turns winding near the Italian-Swiss border, 48 of which lie on the northern side of the pass and are numbered with rocks along the sides of the narrow road, which also features a pair of very steep inclines.


#1: Transfagarasan, Romania

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Stretching more than 55 miles between the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, the Transfăgărășan (that’s the exact spelling), unfolds along a winding ribbon of pavement through Romania's Carpathian Mountains. It was originally built for military use in the early 1970s as a response to the Soviet Union's invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, as an effort by Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu to avoid a similar fate.
Today the 6,673-ft.-high mountain pass features long, S-shaped curves and plenty of tight hairpin turns, which keep traffic crawling along most of the time at speeds under 20 mph. That just means that drivers have plenty of time to take in the jaw-dropping scenery, from Balea Lake and Balea Waterfall near the highest point on the pass to the mountain peaks off in the distance -- all of which no doubt attracted the hosts of the BBC's "Top Gear," which traveled here in late 2009 to film it as one of the world's best driving roads.
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che spettacolo!!!
FORZA INTER!!!!!Big Grin
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Il Col de Turini lo conosco bene, avendolo fatto più volte sia dall'Escarène (alle spalle di Nizza) sia da Sospel che, sebbene sia politicamente in Francia, è praticamente nell'entroterra di Ventimiglia (Val Bevera). La salita dall'Escarène è tutta tornanti (anche molto stretti) e risale su per pendici montane brulle e con un panorama molto aperto verso la Provenza, l'ambiente sicuramente è affascinante, ma si trova di meglio, sia in Provenza sia in Liguria, inoltre la discesa verso Sospel la trovo veramente noiosa: si scende in una valle incassata, completamente boscosa e oltretutto pure buia nel tratto mediano. Penso che la fama di questo passo derivi tutta dal Rally di Montecarlo, che si svolge sul suo tracciato, se qualcuno volesse andarci (il Nizzardo comunque merita a prescindere dal Turini) consiglio di proseguire l'itinerario fin sull'Authion.

Sullo Stelvio lascio pronunciarsi altri (l'ho fatto solo due volte una delle quali con nebbione tratto finale) trovo però che vi siano salite altrettanto belle in altre zone delle Alpi. Le altre strade citate nell'articolo non le conosco...
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la groviera cinese :fifone:
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