atlantic highway norway

Photo: Harald Mowinckel/Statens Vegvesen

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The Inspiration: "I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go."
— Cheryl Strayed

The Place: Atlantic Road (Atlanterhavsveien); Møre og Romsdal, Norway

The Reason to Go: A drive on this scenic 5.1-mile road along the Norwegian coastline may not be as courageous as Strayed's 1,100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, but this part-road/part–roller coaster is still an adventure. It bends, arches and dips over the sea to connect several small islands between Molde and Kristiansund. Waves crash along the pavement to dramatic effect (though you'll be wise to note that harsh winter storm conditions can occur with just a slight drop in temperature).