10 best road trips in the world

Our list of the 10 best road trips ranges from alpine mountain passes and arid desert drives in the western US to the lush forests of Japan and India and the rugged coasts of Norway and Scotland.

Afton to Cherokee, 469 miles (755km)

1. Blue Ridge Parkway, USA

Turin, Italy to Montreux, Switzerland, 143 miles (230km)

2. Great St Bernard Pass, Italy

Puerto Montt to Villa O'Higgins 770 miles (1240km)

3. The Carretera Austral, Chile

Inverness to Inverness loop around Scotland's coastline, 516 miles (830km)

4. The North Coast 500, Scotland

Kozhikode to Wayanad, 53 miles (86km)

5. Wayanad Ghat Road, India

Kyoto to Tokyo (the long way around), 460 miles (740km)

6. The Japanese Alps

Molde to the Gjemnessundbrua suspension bridge – 69 miles (111km)

7. Atlantic Road, Norway

Dead Horse Point to Zion National Park, 475 miles (764km)

8. Southern Utah National Park Circuit, USA

Hoedspruit to Pilgrim's Rest, 130 miles (209km)

9. The Panorama Route, South Africa

Melbourne to the 12 Apostles and back to Melbourne, 340 miles (550km)

10. The Great Ocean Road, Australia

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