For many people, an unplanned drive to "nowhere" is akin to meditation.. Fans of road travel look directly at the road as a separate attraction. And some of these roads are so striking or unusual in themselves that they have become more than just a link between points A and B.
Some roads run through mountains, others twist in a spiral, and others are more like a roller coaster. They don't seem real, but in reality you can really ride on them.
The Guoliang Tunnel, which cuts through a cliff in the Taihang Mountains, is less than 1.5 km long, but that hasn't stopped it from becoming one of the most famous roads in China.
The tunnel has slits – "windows", from which you can enjoy stunning views. It was built in the 1970s so that the residents of Guoliang Village in the inner valley of the mountain could access the outside world without having to walk on a dangerous mountain path. Most of the work in the tunnel was carried out by 13 villagers, who broke through the route for five years.
The resulting tunnel, wide enough for a bus to pass through, became a tourist attraction and provided the village with long-awaited access to the outside world.
Baldwin Street (Baldwin Street) in the city of Dunedin in New Zealand is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the coolest (in the truest sense of the word) residential street in the world.
At the top, the slope is 19 degrees. The 360-meter-long street, rising almost 80 meters, quickly became a tourist attraction and a popular geolocation for photos on social networks.
The Norwegian Atlantic Road collects the title of "most-most" in everything. It has already been called "the most beautiful place in the world" and "the Norwegian building of the century".
The Storseisundet Bridge, or "Road to Nowhere", is the longest of the eight bridges on the Atlantic Road. It has a strange shape with a steep upward curve at the top. Because of this, at a certain angle, it seems that the road leads to nowhere, since nothing can be seen on the other side of the turn.
However, this optical illusion also has a practical purpose-thanks to its curved shape, large ships can pass under the bridge.
Winston Churchill Avenue provides access to the British territory of Gibraltar by crossing the main (and only) runway at Gibraltar International Airport.
When commercial and military aircraft land, traffic stops and protective barriers are installed.
Currently, Churchill Avenue is the only way to get from Spain to Gibraltar, and therefore it will not be possible to avoid the runway.
The Nanpu Bridge Interchange in Shanghai connects the old part of the city with the new Pudong district and eliminates the need for slow and tedious ferry trips.
The multi-lane interchange of the bridge resembles a dizzying roller coaster. The road spirals up, and the transport needs to make two incomplete turns before leaving on the city highway. The bridge was built in the 1990s, making it relatively old by Shanghai standards.
The Bunda Historic District is more than a century old, but almost all of the modern skyscrapers and structures that Shanghai is known for are less than 20 years old.
Magnetic Hill in Ladakh, India, defies the laws of gravity. It is located on the main highway of the region, so anyone passing through this part of India will pass through it.
Paradoxically, the hill itself has no special magnetic (or magical) properties. The surrounding slopes create a kind of optical illusion that gives the impression that the cars are going uphill, when in fact they are rolling down.
The Troll Ladder (Trollstigen) is a narrow mountain road in western Norway. It climbs up the side of the mountain and makes sharp turns around it. The road is closed in winter, and is usually only used from May to October.
Thanks to the spectacular curves and views of the mountain range and waterfalls, the Staircase was chosen by tourists-motorists. About 150,000 vehicles pass through the road each year; the number has grown steadily each year since the road was built in the 1930s.
To match the name, the buildings in the area are decorated with wooden troll statues, and there's even a road sign that says " Beware of the Troll."
The Hanshin Expressway connects Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe in Japan. The cities are so densely populated and built up with buildings that at some point the expressway exit passes right through the building.
This exit occupies three floors of the 16-story Gate Tower Building. The highway is separated from the walls by a barrier that reduces noise and vibration.
Bumpy sound strips are usually placed on the roadsides to warn distracted drivers from an accident or to signal an approaching intersection.
In Lancaster, California, automaker Honda used bumpers of varying depths and lengths to create a musical tune.
Drivers will hear different frequency sound waves, which together resemble part of the "Wilhelm Tell" overture by Gioacchino Rossini.
The Nürburgring (Nordschleife at the Nürburgring) is the most famous race track in Germany and probably all over the world. There is a Grand Prix track, which is used for major car races, including Formula 1.
The motorsport complex has existed for more than 90 years, and several different tracks have been built during its history. One of them, the Northern Loop, is still used to test cars and promote new models.
In addition to these events, the track hosts "days for the general public". At this time, any owner of a car or motorcycle can ride on the track.