Life is a highway: the most dazzling, thrilling and romantic roads in the world

A road or a path is defined as “the distance one travels to go from one place to another on earth, in the air or on water”, in a lexical sense and as “the remedy, the method to be used to achieve a goal” in the figurative sense. Some paths are easy, others difficult. There are paths to our loved ones, paths to home, paths to healings, paths to success, some requiring physical steps, others spiritual to reach from one point to another.

Roads can be formed by natural causes or be man-made.

The first roads in history were paths built by oneself on routes taken by animals. Over time, these roads began to be used by people.

They help people, animals and vehicular traffic move forward quickly, easily and safely.

Some roads, which are almost a work of art with their architectural structure, can be very dangerous and some can be quite romantic.

Yungas Road is an approximately 60 kilometer long bicycle path that connects the city of La Paz and the Yungas region of Bolivia, nicknamed the “Road of Death”. (Photo Shutterstock)

The Silk Road, which is one of the oldest trade routes in the world between the Far East and the Mediterranean, has been the path not only of merchants but also of sages, armies, ideas, religions and cultures from East to West and from West to East. . It only began to lose its importance with subsequent geographical discoveries.

With the discovery of oil resources, the Silk Road began to gain importance again, new roads were built, transportation to uninhabited areas was facilitated, and the region became industrialized. Likewise, old trade routes have been repaired and used for tourism purposes.

In June 2014, UNESCO designated the Chang’an-Tianshan Silk Road Corridor – a 5,000 kilometer (3,106 mile) stretch of the Silk Road – as a World Heritage Site.

The Period of Geographical Discoveries, also known as the Age of Discoveries, was a historical period initiated by Portuguese and Spanish captains from the first half of the 15th century to the middle of the 17th century with the aim of achieving spice wealth . and precious metals in Asia and finding alternative trade routes. This led to the discovery of new continents, oceans and overseas lands by the Old World.

Among the most dangerous roads in the world, the Derebaşı bends in the Black Sea region of Turkey are an adventure paradise for thrill seekers.  (Photo Shutterstock)

Among the most dangerous roads in the world, the Derebaşı bends in the Black Sea region of Turkey are an adventure paradise for thrill seekers. (Photo Shutterstock)

Let’s think a little about the value of roads, with all their meanings, their existence and their necessity from yesterday to today.

For example, many travelers were on their way to explore, not to arrive. Maybe that’s why people are still building new roads, connecting cities, villages and islands, point by point, like embroidery.

Walking trails, rock climbing routes, tough school roads, flyways, rail, water, air, highways… Maybe more than I can count.

The paths we will examine below are particularly difficult and unusual, even by today’s standards.

Yunga Road

The Yungas Road is an approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) long highway and bike path that connects the city of La Paz and the Yungas region of Bolivia.

It was considered dangerous due to its steep grades, narrow single track, lack of guardrails, rain and fog, and was nicknamed the “Road of Death”.

At least 18 cyclists have died on the road since 1998.

The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Western Russia with the Russian Far East.  (Photo Shutterstock)

The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Western Russia with the Russian Far East. (Photo Shutterstock)

Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Western Russia with the Russian Far East. With a length of 9,289 kilometers between the capital Moscow and Vladivostok, located along the Sea of ​​Japan, it is the longest railway in the world. It also extends to Mongolia, China and North Korea via connecting lines.

It was built between 1891 and 1916 and was an important trade and transportation line.

Skippers Canyon is a historic and natural gorge a few kilometers north of Queenstown in New Zealand, approximately 22 kilometers long.  (Photo Shutterstock)

Skippers Canyon is a historic and natural gorge a few kilometers north of Queenstown in New Zealand, approximately 22 kilometers long. (Photo Shutterstock)

Skippers Canyon Route

Skippers Canyon is a historic and natural gorge a few kilometers north of Queenstown in New Zealand, approximately 22 kilometers long. The need for transportation increased when it became a popular area for gold mining in the 1800s, and the road was completed in 1890.

tunnel of love

The Tunnel of Love is a stretch of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine, which connects it to Orzhiv.

It is a railway line surrounded by green arches and 3 to 5 kilometers long.

It is known to be couples’ favorite place to stroll since the trains only run three times a day.

The Tunnel of Love is a stretch of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine, which connects it to Orzhiv, surrounded by green arches.  (Photo Shutterstock)

The Tunnel of Love is a stretch of industrial railway located near Klevan, Ukraine, which connects it to Orzhiv, surrounded by green arches. (Photo Shutterstock)

Veluwemeer Aqueduct

The Veluwemeer Aqueduct is a 25-metre (82 ft) long navigable aqueduct – also known as a water bridge – located over Lake Veluwemeer in Harderwijk, the Netherlands.

It was opened in 2002 and connects the Dutch mainland with Flevoland, built by Dutch architects and has fascinated the world.

Part of the road remains under the lake and an average of 25,000 vehicles cross it per day.

The upper part is 25 meters long, 19 meters wide and has an access channel 3 meters deep, through which small boats pass.

On the sides of the road there are walking paths for those who want to enjoy this view.

The Veluwemeer Aqueduct is a long, navigable aqueduct, located on Lake Veluwemeer in Harderwijk, the Netherlands.  (Photo Shutterstock)

The Veluwemeer Aqueduct is a long, navigable aqueduct, located on Lake Veluwemeer in Harderwijk, the Netherlands. (Photo Shutterstock)

Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Mountain, which means Heaven’s Gate, is a beautiful place in Zhangjiajie, in the northwest part of Hunan Province, China. This mountain dazzles with its 99 winding roads and its staircase of 999 steps.

Tianmen Mountain attracts the most attention with its glass-bottomed bridge, which sits at an altitude of 1,432 meters and is 60 meters long, giving you the feeling of walking on air.

Guoliang Tunnel

Carved along and through a mountainside in China, the tunnel connects the village of Guoliang outside through the Taihang Mountains located in Huixian, Xinxiang, in the Chinese province of Henan.

It is known to have been built by a group of villagers, mostly with hammers and chisels, without access to power tools.

This 1.2 kilometer long, 5 meter high and 4 meter wide tunnel was opened to traffic on May 1, 1977, transforming the village into a tourist attraction.

Carved along and through a mountainside in China, the Guoliang Tunnel connects Guoliang Village outside through the Taihang Mountains, located in Huixian, Xinxiang, Henan Province in China.  (Photo Shutterstock)

Tianmen Mountain, which means Heaven's Gate, is a beautiful place in Zhangjiajie, northwest part of Hunan Province, China, with 99 winding roads and 999 stair steps.  (Photo Shutterstock)

Lombard Street

Lombard Street is a street in San Francisco, California, United States. The street is famous for its tight turns.

The one-block section in the eastern part of the Russian Hill neighborhood has earned a reputation as “the windiest street in the world.”

It is a major tourist attraction, receiving around two million visitors a year and up to 17,000 a day on busy summer weekends.

Traversing the Soğanlı Mountain between inland Bayburt and the coastal provinces of Trabzon, Derebaşı Bends has 13 hairpin bends, which would be impossible to manage in a single maneuver.  (Photo Shutterstock)

Lombard Street is a street in San Francisco, California, famous for its sharp turns.  (Photo Shutterstock)

Elbows of Derebaşı

Among the most dangerous roads in the world, the Derebaşı bends in the Black Sea region of Turkey are an adventure paradise for thrill seekers.

Traversing the 1,800-meter-high Soğanlı Mountain between the inland provinces of Bayburt and the Trabzon coast, the 3.5-kilometer pass features 13 hairpin bends, which would be impossible to manage in a single maneuver.

Due to its high altitude in the mountains separating the rainy and humid Black Sea region from the eastern Anatolian mainland region, Derebaşı Bends often experiences fog, rain, landslides and avalanches, which adds to his risk factor. For six months of the year, snowfall blocks all transport on the road.

It is said to be slightly more treacherous than the Bolivian Yungas Road, also known as the “Road of Death”.

The Atlantic Ocean route in Norway is built on several small islands and reefs, which are connected by several causeways, viaducts and eight bridges.  (Photo Shutterstock)

The Atlantic Ocean route in Norway is built on several small islands and reefs, which are connected by several causeways, viaducts and eight bridges. (Photo Shutterstock)

Atlantic Ocean Road

Although the Atlantic Ocean route in Norway was proposed as a railway in the early 20th century, it was abandoned. Serious planning for the road began in the 1970s, construction began in 1983, and it opened to traffic on July 7, 1989.

It is an 8.3 kilometer stretch of County Road 64 that crosses an archipelago in the municipalities of Hustadvika and Averoy in More og Romsdal county, Norway.

It passes through Hustadvika, an unsheltered part of the Norwegian Sea, connecting the island of Averoy to the mainland and the Romsdalshalvoya peninsula.

It is built on several small islands and reefs, which are connected by several causeways, viaducts and eight bridges – the most important being the Storseisundet Bridge.

Today it is protected as a cultural heritage site and classified as a national tourist route.

Our path has taken us to the end, but let’s end with good wishes, and as the Turks would say to travelers on the road: “Yolun açık olsun”, or the speed of God!

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