Often times Norway's Trollstigen or Atlantic Ocean Road take the spotlight, but we know better than to exclude the Lysevegen from a top road list or casual conversation. This road boats 27 daunting hairpins that go essentially straight up for nearly a HALF MILE at a 9.4% average grade--a grade so steep that even the strongest riders and most daring downhill skateboarders are challenged. The negative is that the road lanes are thin, so car drivers and boarders be sure to get on the road early to avoid being stalled by traffic. When timed right, you can get multiple passes on the road before the hoards of tourists arrive, and at this point you can relax at the top of the pass which features a shop with refreshments and food. Pair this along with the incredible views of the fjord below, and you have yourself a Konkr Roads' gold-rated slice of heaven.
The Transalpina doesn't have the notoriety like the neighboring Transfagarasan Highway, but this is in-part because the Transalpina wasn't paved when BBC's Top Gear filmed their entertaining "Romania Tour" two-part series. The Transalpina is long and worth every mile. We prefer to travel from the south towards the north as you hit the most epic part of the road right off the start. This part features the photo-worthy switchbacks that wind tightly up and down a mountain near the resort town of Rancha. The best bit is the death-defying canopy road that connects the switchbacks. It is an absolutely incredible drive and the endless views are breathtaking. There are plenty of amenities on this road, and though the road is traveled, traffic is rarely an issue. The road is wide and has two clearly marked lanes--perfect for supercars and the lot. As for lodging, we usually stay in the nearby gorgeous city of Sibiu for a few days, and then stay a night near the Transalpina in Rancha. Most Rancha resorts feature a view of the Translapina, which is perfect for a nightly dinner. The town isn't big, but has a few great restaurants and even a place to hire ATVs if that's your thing. The top of the road has a fun flea-market type setup, with many make-shift shops and eateries. All and all, a trip to Romania is not complete without hitting this road. You'll be glad you conquered it.
This road needs no introduction. It is an absolute monster to conquer, and worth earmarking a time in your life to get there between the small window of July through September. Few roads in the World feature a Swiss-like mountain pass, endless twists and turns reminiscent to America's US129 "The Dragon", a castle once owned by the real "Dracula," and a dam that makes the Hoover look like...well, small like a Hoover vacuum. And the road is two well-sized lanes the whole way. Our recommendation: get there at all costs. Fly into Sibiu, hire a car, stay a few nights, then move out the hour or so drive to the Transfagarasan and stay a few nights right on the road. There are plenty of hotels scattered about the highway, and there are camp grounds as well if that's your cup of tea. For more on travel and lodging, check out our blog article HERE. We could go on and on, but we feel the video featured below gives you the best idea of just how epic this road really is. Enjoy!
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