Have you ever wondered about getting in your car and not stopping for thousands of miles? Well, then this is your lucky day for we are going to explore the longest highways of the world. To spoil it a bit for you and to further fuel your desire to brave the world, let’s just say that even the shortest highway on our list is over 5,000 kilometres long (wink). So, without further ado, let us leap right into it!
7. U.S. Route 20:
The United States of America are the ones to kick off this competition with their U.S. Route 20. Passing through a total of twelve states, the highway was first created in 1926 but was further expanded upon in 1940. Running for a massive length of 5,415 kilometres, it is known to be one of the most aesthetic road-experiences in the world – from mountainous regions to thick forests, you will find anything along the way. The states that it runs through are divided into two groups: the Western Section (Oregon, Idaho and Montana) and the Eastern Section (Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts).
6. China National Highway 010:
China cannot even pretend to not enter each and every top list. Its China National Highway 010 is testament to the aforementioned statement for its length of 5,700 kilometres is nothing short of outstanding. It is, in fact, the longest highway in China and it runs through the following provinces: Fujian, Zhejiang, Liaoning, Guangdong, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Shandong. If you are on the lookout for it, you should know that many locals only know it as the Tongsan Expressway.
5. Golden Quadrilateral Highway Network:
India breaches the bounds of the competition with its gigantic Golden Quadrilateral Highway Network connecting 4 Indian major cities: Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Other significant metropolises along its length include: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Kanpur, Pune, Surat, Nellore and Guntur. With its length of 5,846 kilometres, it is the largest highway project in India. Costing nearly 9 billion dollars to erect, it was built from scratch between 2001 and 2012. If you happen to not be in the aforementioned cities, know that it runs through the following states: Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, and Delhi.
4. Trans-Canada Highway:
Also known as the Transcanadienne, the Trans-Canada Highway runs for an unfathomable length of 8,030 kilometres between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. Built between 1950 and 1962 (the same year it was opened), the highway connects the following major cities: Victoria (the western terminus), Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney, and St. John’s (the eastern terminus). What’s interesting about it is that since 2012, you can find electric vehicle charging stations along its length.
3. Trans-Siberian Highway:
We have all heard about the Trans-Siberian Railway but few people actually romanticize the Russian highway of the same name. The Trans-Siberian Highway runs for a total length of 11,000 kilometres between St. Petersburg and Vladivostok (from the Baltic Sea section of the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Sea of Japan of the Pacific). Known as AH6 in the Asian Highway Network, the route is comprised of 7 federal sub-section highways.
2. Highway 1:
If we are talking about expansive highways, we cannot ignore the Australian juggernaut called Highway 1. With its total length of 14,500 kilometres, it is the longest national highway in the world. Established in 1955, it connects every single one of the Australian states. Carrying more than 1 million passengers each day, it is not only the second-longest highway in the world, but also one of the most heavily-used ones. If you like desert vistas and even some mirages, you might want to brave this one (wink)!
1. Pan American Highway:
The uncontested winner of this competition is the juggernaut called the Pan American Highway connecting North America and South America. Running for a total length of 48,000 kilometres, it is listed in the Guinness World Records. If you really want an eye-popping travel-experience, his is the one that you might want to opt for.
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