The 10 Greatest Roads to Drive on Planet Earth

If driving is your preferred choice of holiday, get ready to draw up a whole new bucket list. We may be blessed with some beautiful drives here in Ireland, but we’re looking further afield to detail the most beautiful roads to drive on outside our little island.

Here is a countdown of the Top 10 greatest roads to drive on planet earth. Have you driven any of these yet? Let us know your experiences to date and if we have missed a road off our list that you feel needs to be there. Where is this? Australia’s southeast coast

Perfect Car for this road? This is a tough drive, take a Wrangler Jeep for comfort.

Fun Fact: This is actually a war memorial road, ode to those who fought in WW1.

This 15-m single carriageway route offer stunning views and major tourist attractions which include beaches, rainforests and cliffdrops that will make your heart thump. Where is this? United Arab Emirates

Perfect Car for this road? You need balance and weight distrbution on this road, try a reliable BMW M3.

Fun Fact: tens of thousands of bike riders travel the Jebel Hafeet mountain road every January, so you may want to rethink it if you booked this as a new year get-away.

This road measures just over 7-miles but it climbs over 4,000 feet. You can take the bends as quick as you like, making this one hell of a thrill ride. Where is this? Las Vegas, USA

Perfect Car for this road? You’d gotta try the Ford Mustang here if money was no option.

Fun Fact: This road has recorded the second highest temperature ever recorded by mankind, so make sure you have your sun cream, huh?

Just north of Vegas, this long stretch has been seen on many movies. It’ll take you towards Yosemite national park which has to be seen to be believed. Where is this? Hawaii, USA

Perfect Car for this road? Ooooh..any convertible would be ideal here. A Ford Mustang convertible would be ideal.

Fun Fact: The road to Hana is only 52 miles from Kahului, however the drive can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete since it’s fraught with narrow one-lane bridges, hairpin turns and incredible island views.

This 60-mile stretch of perfectly smooth tarmac leads you to the idyllic town of Hana on the island of Maui via many beautiful waterfalls, beeches and bridges. Where is this? Tibet

Perfect Car for this road? Toyota Landcruiser

Fun Fact: From this road you will get to see five of the planet’s highest peaks including Everest, Shishapangma, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu.

This jaw-dropping drive is a bend-a-minute, so make sure you have an easy-handling car if you fancy this spin around the base of the highest mountains in the world. Where is this? Utah, USA

Perfect Car for this road? A bike would be the ideal way to travel this road. A Ducatti Streetfighter 848 would be my choice here.

Fun Fact: You will need to apply for a permit before using this road.

The White Rim Trail is a 100-m round trip for the brave. You’d have to come prepared. It has long rocky stretches, deep sand, and little shade but it’s oh-so worth it. Where is this? Norway

Perfect Car for this road? You need handling and speed. You couldn’t go wrong with a Porche 911GT3.

Fun Fact: This road is only open from June to September as the handling gets too slippery in the colder months.

This road is packed with tight corners and reverse camber bends. This isn’t the prettiest road on our list, but it is an epic test for a driver. It’s like driving in a console game. Where is this? New Zealand

Perfect Car for this road? Ah, you need a Landrover here. Any 4×4 would be sufficient.

Fun Fact: the Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot around this neck of the woods.

If you want to see the beauty New Zealand has to offer (probably more beauty than anywhere else in the world) then travelling via the Southern Alps is the way to do it. 2) Highway 1; The Big Sur Where is this? Californ.I.A.

Perfect Car for this road? If you could rent a 69 Cadillac for this trip, you’d be envied by everyone in the world.

Fun Fact: The name Big Sur derives from the original Spanish-language ‘el sur grande’, which translates as “the big south”.

You’ve seen the Big Sur on many a Hollywood flick. It’s that stunning rugged coastline that runs between Carmel and San Simeon. It’s a thing of beauty. Where is this? It travels over the border of Switzerland and Italy

Perfect Car for this road? Now this is one road that screams Ferrari.

Fun Fact: Stirling Moss was wrong-footed by this stunning road during a charity event 25-years ago, so this is not a road for the inexperienced driver.

This is motoring heaven, it has to be said. The Stelvio Pass is a 15-mile spaghetti trail that will drop your jaw. Absolutely stunning. #Motor