Mountain

11 awe-inspiring mountain roads to get you high on life

Just the ticket to remind us how powerful the natural world is - these gargantuan mountains, formed many years ago provide an exhilarating drive with incredible hairpin bends and energetic climbs. Combining some of the highest roads on the planet, this list is a go to for anyone wanting to drive on some of the most stunning examples of human engineering within the natural world.

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Country: Monaco/France

ADR: 3.8:1

Road: Route de la Turbie

Whether you crave sensational scenery and coastal charm, or want to engage your inner culture vulture with Roman history and ruins galore, Route de la Turbie - c'est magnifique! Plus, the road itself features multiple long straights, so you can reach optimal cruising speed whilst taking in the unique atmosphere of the drive. Top tip: be sure to visit the Tête de Chien - the views are simply stunning.

length /km
08
Bends
16
Hairpin Bends
03
Fast Straights
15
Accelerating %
8.1
Cruising %
73.8
Braking %
4.5
Cornering %
13.6
length /km
08
Accelerating %
8.1
Bends
16
Cruising %
73.8
Hairpin Bends
03
Braking %
4.5
Fast Straights
15
Cornering %
13.6

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Country: Portugal

ADR: 11.3:1

Road: Peso da Régua to Pinhão

World's best driving route

The road takes drivers along a glorious road that hugs the River Douro, enjoys spectacular views over the vineyards near the river, and finishes in the picturesque wine town of Pinhão. The stretch of 27km mapped includes 93 bends keeping drivers on their toes and allowing them to experience the car’s handling power, whilst offering frequently changing viewpoints. The Douro Valley is the home of Porto wine, and this region became the world's first wine region to have a formal demarcation. The Douro winemaking region was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001, by UNESCO.

length /km
27
Bends
19
Hairpin Bends
03
Fast Straights
12
Accelerating %
02
Cruising %
90
Braking %
01
Cornering %
06
length /km
27
Accelerating %
02
Bends
19
Cruising %
90
Hairpin Bends
03
Braking %
01
Fast Straights
12
Cornering %
06

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Country: Switzerland

ADR: 7.7:1

Road: Flüela Pass from Davos to Susch

The Flüela Pass

Enjoy the beautiful drive from the Alpine city of Davos across the Flüela Pass to Susch through breath-taking mountain scenery. The roads climb and descend with winding curves, although many of these curves on the wider stretch of road soon become narrow towards their end, so this route will put your driving skills through their paces. When you reach the peak of this magnificent drive, you can stop off at a parking bay and enjoy the stunning visuals of Lake Davorsee and its surrounding area.

length /km
28
Bends
37
Hairpin Bends
19
Fast Straights
27
Accelerating %
05
Cruising %
86
Braking %
03
Cornering %
06
length /km
28
Accelerating %
05
Bends
37
Cruising %
86
Hairpin Bends
19
Braking %
03
Fast Straights
27
Cornering %
06

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Country: UK

ADR: 7.5:1

Road: B3515 from Cheddar to Ashwick

Somerset countryside

14 glorious miles of Somerset countryside lie between you and your destination at Ashwick as you embark on your drive along the B2515 from Cheddar.The route can be split into three main sections. The first section is the most demanding but offers stunning scenery, with cliff faces rising either side of the road and twists and turns a-plenty due to the gorge dictating the route. Take care cornering, as placement of your car is vital: think agility not power.

After four miles or so you’ll exit the gorge and begin the second section. Trees take the place of rocks, and the tight turns relax into sweeping bends.The final section focuses on long straights and gentle changes in gradient, giving drivers the chance to take in more of the view.

length /km
23
Bends
22
Hairpin Bends
09
Fast Straights
18
Accelerating %
03
Cruising %
87
Braking %
02
Cornering %
09
length /km
23
Accelerating %
03
Bends
22
Cruising %
87
Hairpin Bends
09
Braking %
02
Fast Straights
18
Cornering %
09

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Country: Germany

ADR: 7.1:1

Road: Titisee to Bad Krozingen via L126

Germany’s Black Forest

Drive the L126 through the southern part of Germany’s Black Forest and you won’t be disappointed. The scenery is breathtaking, with trees interspersed with rivers and lakes, but the drive with its hairpin bends coupled with the mountainous terrain will really set pulses racing.

length /km
61
Bends
55
Hairpin Bends
19
Fast Straights
44
Accelerating %
03
Cruising %
85
Braking %
02
Cornering %
10
length /km
61
Accelerating %
03
Bends
55
Cruising %
85
Hairpin Bends
19
Braking %
02
Fast Straights
44
Cornering %
10

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Country: New Zealand

ADR: 5.0:1

Road: The Karamea Highway

The Karamea Highway

This road is rich with scenery and little towns along the way and despite its physical dead-end status, this drive is anything but dead-end.It finishes spectacularly as the road turns into a pathway, the Heaphy Track. The drive has plenty of bends to keep drivers on their toes as they journey through the beautiful sub-tropical rainforests, and then a long straight along the coast opens up the view for miles out to the Tasman Sea.

length /km
53
Bends
68
Hairpin Bends
17
Fast Straights
48
Accelerating %
04
Cruising %
82
Braking %
02
Cornering %
12
length /km
53
Accelerating %
04
Bends
68
Cruising %
82
Hairpin Bends
17
Braking %
02
Fast Straights
48
Cornering %
12

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Country: Germany

ADR: 3.8:1

Road: S165 from Hohnstein to Bad Schandau

The Saxony Drive

This is a beautiful drive to take, whilst challenging the driver behind the wheel. There are virtually no straights on this route, and it demands the attention of any driver due to the narrow width. Glimpses of the view and the River Elbe are guaranteed to take even the steeliest of drivers’ breath away.

length /km
43
Bends
63
Hairpin Bends
18
Fast Straights
57
Accelerating %
04
Cruising %
75
Braking %
02
Cornering %
18
length /km
43
Accelerating %
04
Bends
63
Cruising %
75
Hairpin Bends
18
Braking %
02
Fast Straights
57
Cornering %
18

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Country: Romania

ADR: 1.9:1

Road: The Transfăgărășan aka the DN7C

The Transfăgărășan

The Transfăgărașan or DN7C is the second-highest paved road in Romania after Transalpina. The road starts near the village of Bascov and ends on the crossroad between DN1 and Sibiu.

It was built as a strategic military route that stretches 90 km with twists and turns that run north to south across the tallest sections of the Southern Carpathians and connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Pitești. This spectacular road snakes around mountainsides, challenging drivers with hairpin bends and sheer drops, and scenery that will take your breath away.

length /km
24
Bends
73
Hairpin Bends
36
Fast Straights
53
Accelerating %
11
Cruising %
57
Braking %
06
Cornering %
26
length /km
24
Accelerating %
11
Bends
73
Cruising %
57
Hairpin Bends
36
Braking %
06
Fast Straights
53
Cornering %
26

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Country: USA

ADR: 1.1:1

Road: Tail of the Dragon, North Carolina

Tail of the Dragon

This infamous stretch of U.S. Route 129 offers some of the best curves around, with no fewer than 318 turns in the course of 11 miles.No driveways or intersections interrupt this forest-lined thoroughfare, which is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest.

Some of the Dragon's sharpest curves have names like Copperhead Corner, Hog Pen Bend, Wheelie Hell, Shade Tree Corner, Mud Corner, Sunset Corner, Gravity Cavity, Beginner's End, and Brake or Bust Bend. The road earned its name from its curves being said to resemble a dragon's tail. This one’s a thrill a minute, and a challenge for even the most experienced of drivers.

length /km
15
Bends
57
Hairpin Bends
21
Fast Straights
35
Accelerating %
13
Cruising %
45
Braking %
07
Cornering %
35
length /km
15
Accelerating %
13
Bends
57
Cruising %
45
Hairpin Bends
21
Braking %
07
Fast Straights
35
Cornering %
35

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Country: Argentina

ADR: 23.7:1

Road: Ruta 40 from Cuesta de Miranda to the La Rioja/San Juan province borderline

Argentinian Countryside

Ruta 40 is a drive for adventurers, although the northern section mapped here includes several long sections of straights that allow drivers to take in the sunny valleys before moving into the Cuesta de Miranda, a serpentine corniche winding through the mountains. The drive offers extraordinarily beautiful countryside, which is at times dramatic – and can even be described as fascinatingly remote.

length /km
112
Bends
32
Hairpin Bends
07
Fast Straights
27
Accelerating %
01
Cruising %
95
Braking %
00
Cornering %
04
length /km
112
Accelerating %
01
Bends
32
Cruising %
95
Hairpin Bends
07
Braking %
00
Fast Straights
27
Cornering %
04

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Country: Germany

ADR: 38.0:1

Road: Oberes Mittelrheintal (route 4)

One of the most romantic routes in Germany, this road is a relaxing drive along river valleys, through beautiful forests and spectacular scenery. Drivers are treated to just a few sweeping bends - 10 in total on the whole road. Drive past tempting Loreley rock and stop off at Heinrich Heine Mermaids Rock on Burg Katz, to fully experience the breath-taking views.

length /km
73
Bends
10
Hairpin Bends
01
Fast Straights
08
Accelerating %
00
Cruising %
97
Braking %
00
Cornering %
02
length /km
73
Accelerating %
00
Bends
10
Cruising %
97
Hairpin Bends
01
Braking %
00
Fast Straights
08
Cornering %
02

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