The Top 7 Unforgettable Roads in the World
The Top 7 Unforgettable Roads in the World are well-worth your time to visit.
Champs-Elysées, Paris, France
Champs-Elysées, is an avenue in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, about 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres) long and 230 feet (70 metres) wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the Arc de Triomphe is located. The street is best known for its theatres, cafés, and luxury shops, for the annual Bastille Day military parade, as well as for being the finish of the Tour de France cycling race. It is widely known in France as the “most beautiful avenue in the world”. The name is French for the Elysian Fields, the place for dead heroes in Greek mythology. Champs-Élysées is widely regarded to be one of the most recognizable avenues in the world. Until the reign of Louis XIV, the land where the Champs-Élysées runs today was largely occupied by fields and kitchen gardens.
By the late 18th century, the Champs-Élysées had become a fashionable avenue; the trees on either side had grown enough to form rectangular groves (cabinets de verdure). The gardens of the town houses of the nobility built along the Faubourg Saint-Honoré backed onto the formal gardens. The grandest of the private mansions near the Avenue was the Élysée Palace, a private residence of the nobility which during the Third French Republic became the official residence of the Presidents of France.
The major monument of the Boulevard, the Arc de Triomphe, had been commissioned by Napoleon after his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz, but it was not finished when he fell from power in 1815. The monument remained unfinished until 1833-36, when it was completed by King Louis Philippe. Every year on Bastille Day on 14 July, the largest military parade in Europe passes down the Champs-Élysées, reviewed by the President of the Republic.
The Stelvio Pass, Italy
The Stelvio Pass is a mountain pass in northern Italy bordering Switzerland at an elevation of 9,045 ft (2,757 m) above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps,.
The Stelvio Pass remains important for sport when it is open from May through November. Countless cyclists and motorcyclists struggle to get to the highest stretch of road in the Eastern Alps.
The Stelvio Pass was once picked by the British automotive show Top Gear as its choice for the “greatest driving road in the world”, before deciding that the Transfăgărășan Highway in Romania was a superior driving road.
Abbey Road, London, UK
Abbey Road is located in the borough of Camden and the City of Westminster in London running roughly northwest to southeast through St. John’s Wood near Lord’s Cricket Ground. This road is best known for the Abbey Road Studios and for featuring on the cover of The Beatles’ album of the same name, which was released in September 1969.
Las Vegas Boulevard , Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Las Vegas Boulevard is a major road in the Las Vegas Valley of Nevada, best known for the Las Vegas Strip portion of the road and its casinos. The boulevard showcases museums, including the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, the Neon Museum, and the Fremont Street Experience and downtown casino sector.
Guoliang Tunnel Road, China
The Guoliang Tunnel (Chinese: 郭亮洞) is carved along the side of and through a mountain in China. The tunnel links the village of Guoliang to the outside through the Taihang Mountains which are situated in Huixian, Xinxiang, Henan Province of China.
It is considered one of the scariest roads to travel on, so it is not for the faint of heart.
Rajpath (King's Way), New Delhi, India
Considered to be one of the most important roads in India, Rajpath or king’s way, is a ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi, India, that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan (the official residence of the President of India) through India Gate. The avenue is lined on both sides by huge lawns, canals and rows of trees. It is where the annual Republic Day parade takes place on 26 January. Janpath (meaning “People’s Way”) crosses the road. Rajpath runs in east-west direction. Roads from Connaught Place, the financial centre of Delhi, run into Rajpath from north.
Route 66 (Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, and California), USA
Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles, also known as the Historic Main Street of America, is probably the most famous road in the US. Route 66 covers a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). It ends in Santa Monica, California with a posted sign on the Santa Monica Pier that states “Santa Monica 66 End of the Trail.”
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