For many of us, simply owning a high-end car isn’t enough – you need to see just what it can do. As the luxury market expands, and supercars and extravagant sports cars are becoming relatively more commonplace, those who wish to rise above their peers are looking away from collecting motors, and focusing instead on collecting ‘experiences’. Combining thrilling adventures, luxury tourism and a love for all things supercar-related, this new generation of thrill seekers are heading out to the four corners of the earth, searching for the very ultimate in driving experiences.
Take a bottle of the best Italian wine you can find, and enjoy a few cool glasses once you’re done!
It would probably be fair to say that every country in the world has their own share of beautiful driving roads, featuring stunning views, sensuous curves and excitement aplenty, but there are some examples which overshadow all others. These are those roads which seem like a force of nature, a gift to the modern sports driver from the earth itself, which are nothing short of a trip of a lifetime. So, if you’re looking for the most memorable experiences you can have behind the wheel, buckle up and check out some of these truly phenomenal roads.
The ‘troll’s path’ in western Norway is, without a doubt, one of the most visually stunning and adrenaline-soaked driving roads on earth. It is a narrow, violently twisting mountain pass, interrupted by viewing platforms across a breathtakingly beautiful set of dramatic valleys and plateaus. At 2,300 feet, it’s dizzyingly high, but it attracts drivers from around the world who want to test their mettle across this harsh landscape and enjoy the thrill of zooming around this incredible set of roads. On top of this, the feeling of isolation, the stillness and sense of calm you’ll get when you reach the top are worth it in itself.
It’s a drive which has embedded itself into the consciousness and identity of the American West, of a hippiefied sense of freedom and wonder, and a coolness which is yet to be beaten. Big Sur, from Monterey to Morro Bay is America’s greatest drive, and one of the most scenic routes found anywhere in the world. Wave-bashed beaches, giant redwood groves, volcanic landscapes and some truly legendary stopovers, towns and viewpoints make this an absolute must for all lovers of the open road.
Garden Route, South Africa
South Africa is quickly establishing itself as a luxury destination in its own right, with safaris, vineyard tours, and fine couture attracting the elite from around the world. However, this drive, which follows the country’s most stunning stretch of coast, and which takes in wetlands, colonial towns, lagoons, and forests, is like a ‘greatest hits’ tour of all South Africa has to offer.
Stelvio Pass, Italy
Stelvio Pass, Italy. Appearing in countless action films, and even more stunning in real life, Italy’s Stelvio Pass is often held as the ultimate test of any serious sportscar driver, as well as being one of the most beautiful roads in existence. A steep northern face, which requires the driver to negotiate an awe-inspiring 9,000 feet of zig-zagging mountain passes, gives way to some incredible views. Take a bottle of the best Italian wine you can find, and enjoy a few cool glasses once you’re done – you will have deserved it!
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Certainly the finest drive in the Antipodes, if not in the world, The Great Ocean Road is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which perfectly displays just how magnificent it can be down under. This trip along the Victoria coast takes in the famous ‘Twelve Apostles’ rock formations – an awe-inspiring set of geological hunks for your Instagram – along with stretches of pristine, dense rainforest, and some of the best seafood locations anywhere in Australia. This is the ideal drive for foodies, photographers, and adventurers, and it’s the ultimate when it comes freedom, beauty, and liberation. Above everything else, it will remind you exactly why you have a car in the first place.
So, there you have it – our brief run down of the world’s top five drives for drivers of luxury vehicles. Have we missed any out? Have you driven on some of these legendary roads – and if so, would you like to share your own take on these iconic trips? Let us know in the comments below!
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