Saturday, 21 May 2011 12:00 AM
We've all seen those glossy car ads where glamorous models cruise along beautiful stretches of road in the sexiest new car. Watching them speeding along makes you want to rush out, hire a car and experience those drives for yourself – to feel like that person in the ad.
Here's Travelbite.co.uk's pick of the best driving roads around the world:
San Bernardino Pass, Swiss Alps
No one had ever heard of the San Bernardino Pass until Top Gear visited it in 2007 and with the immortalisation complete, this hidden gem in the Swiss Alps gives motorists an F1 experience without the license. With a combination of incredible views, daring hairpin turns and scenery taken straight from a Monet painting – the Bernardino Pass is one of the many reasons why adventure-seekers flock to Switzerland.
Stelvio Pass, Italy
If you're after a serene environment, aging beauty and a Formula One track, here's your solution: The Stelvio Pass. Turn after turn, bend after bend, it continues to delight, inspire and thrill. If medals of honour could be given to roads for engineering brilliance, then the Stelvio Pass would be a worthy recipient.
If you're up for it, rent a supercar for the day – come on, it only costs £800 – and take a trip to the Stelvio for the drive of your life. You will not regret it. Well, your bank balance might….
Deals Gap, Tennessee, USA
The relatively unheard of Deals Gap stretch in Tennessee is a real hidden gem and a popular spot for bikers. Boasting 318 bends across 11 miles of perfect, twisting asphalt, the Deals Gap road has become popular in the States due to its series of sweeping corners. Most roads in the US are interstates, as straight as a bargepole, so for the motorists of America, the Deals Gap road is like an automotive nirvana. It's also nicknamed the 'tail of the dragon' thanks to the way it tapers down a lake.
Col De Turini, French Alps
If hairpin turns are your thing, then the Col De Turini is the perfect destination for you and your motor. It looks biblical – and it doesn't disappoint. Located in the upmarket region of the south of France, this World Rally Championship stage boasts 34 sharp bends that will challenge even the most competent of drivers. It's continually praised as one of the best driving roads in the world, so what are you waiting for?
Davos to Stelvio via Bormio, Italian Alps
The Davos to Stelvio via Bormio was another road featured on Top Gear and it's not hard to see why. The landscape is as sexual as the entire Barry White discography, while the road building is as smooth as his voice. It really is true driving heaven. The road will test any car's performance capabilities. From brakes, tyre grip and handling to power output and rear-end stability, the Davos to Stelvio is a gruelling world-class road worthy of any performance-orientated motor.
So if you happen to be travelling to any of these destinations, consider reserving some of your budget for car hire. If you have the cash to splash then splurge out on a supercar. It'll be something to remember next time you're trapped on the M25.
by Oliver Archibald
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