8 of the Most Scenic Drives in the World

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Roads are often thought of as just a way to get somewhere else. But with some roads it’s worth slowing down, looking around, and taking in everything surrounding you. Gorgeous mountain passes, breathtaking desert landscapes, and stunning ocean scenery can all create an exquisite one-of-a-kind view that you can admire from the comfort of your car. So set aside a day, fill up your tank, and take a drive on one of these picturesque roads.

1. Milford Road

Soak up New Zealand’s beauty by traveling on Milford Road, a drive that takes you through the mountains of New Zealand’s South Island — from Te Anau toward Milford Sound into Fiordland National Park. Trying to imagine what you’ll see? Majestic cliffs, snow-capped summits, waterfalls, and fern trees, to name a few. You’ll want to save time to stop and take in the beauty of Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, and the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain along the way. Do take time to stop for a bite; CNN Travel suggests stopping by the Blue Duck Café & Bar at Sound Lodge in Milford Sound Village to enjoy some delicious food and great craft beer.