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For paved roads accessible to ordinary rental cars, I nominate Ruta 27 in Chile, a 156 km road between San Pedro de Atacama and the Argentinian border. At its highest point it is 4,832m (15,853 feet) above sea level, and at the border crossing at Paso de Jama it is 4,320m (14,120 feet) above sea level. No guides or permits of any sort are required.


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Semo La in Tibet at 5,565 is the highest surfaced road, used actively by travellers. Semo La (Chinese: 桑木拉大坂; Standard Tibetan: བཟར་མོ་ལ) is a mountain pass situated in Coqên County, Ngari Prefecture in the central part of Tibet and gives access to the Changtang region. It is found on the so-called Northern Route, north of Raka and south of Town of Coqên in ...


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The Tanggula Pass of China National Highway 109 (G109), the main road between Tibet and the rest of the China, reaches an elevation of 5,231 meters at its highest point. The highway is fully paved and maintained, so it's passable in a regular 2WD vehicle, although winter conditions can be extreme. It's also the only road entry point normally open to ...


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The letter determines the ambit of the road. The number is the identifier. Basically the main roads we have are (ESP): A / AP: Highways N: National roads Autonomic roads These are ordered from better to worst, but there are exceptions (i.e. you can find a new secondary road that has better pavement than a nearby national road). Anyway, in general, the ...


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Not the highest, but perhaps much more doable than the above: Pikes Peak Highway near Colorado Springs. Summit is 14115 feet (4302 metres). If you are legally allowed to enter and drive in the U.S. you can easily do this in a rental car. Try for July when it's open to the summit. When I went up in May 1995 it was open only to the 12000 foot (3650 meters) ...


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Currently the highest answer on this page, Abra Oquepuño, 4.873m Some while ago, I did a bit of internet research on Macusani, a town in Peru. It sits at an elevation of 4,315 m (14,157 ft). It is on the Carretera Interoceanica, a relatively new road constructed between Brazil and Peru which was completed in 2011. Its highest point is at Oquepuño Pass, ...


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Road to Khardung La pass (5359m AMSL) is the highest road in the world. The pass is a crossover between Leh, Nubra and Shyok valley. The Indian military vehicles drive through this pass to send supplies to Siachen post (the highest battlefield in the world). Any kind of vehicle can be driven on Leh-Khardung-La pass road. ILP (Inner Line Permit) is required ...


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As in Europe, in the USA it does depend on your mode of transport, your willingness to find alternative travel options, the actual place you will be at any given moment and how flexible you are in what kind of accommodation you are accepting. If you travel by car, book online a few days ahead of time and are flexible in your length of travel day, and are ...


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You can take the Atal tunnel route. The recently inaugurated Atal Tunnel has shortened the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and drive time by around seven hours.


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This answer is from the OP and is only a stub which I am hoping to improve if time allows. In the end we just improvised. We just drove until we sensed a suitable location, we were lucky on all four attempts, and each time we found a spot in a reasonable time. We didn't measure the time but I would guesstimate never more than 20 mins from the decision moment ...


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I have a diesel car with 2L engine, when I drive with 4 bikes on the roof my fuel increases from 6L/100Km to 8.5L/100Km at around 110-120 km/h cruising speed. I have find out is better to avoid highways so I can go slower in order to decrease the fuel consumption and temptations to accelerate and drive at a higher speed :) For example driving with 100 km/h ...


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There is a large and AFAIK free parking lot right next to the train Station in Nyborg. However, not all of the express trains stop in Nyborg. All regular trains do, and they are only 15 minutes slower. There is also paid parking inside the train station in Odense. All trains stop in Odense.


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As you're in the UK, the book Off the Motorway, while dated, is still useful. An adult passenger can scan ahead. Since it was published, pubs have become more family-friendly if you want a sit-down meal, and searching "family pub" in Google maps, scrolling to the area around the next junction works well. Or just drive to a pub and ask. I also ...


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My experience with motorway services is that in most places, outside of the extreme crowded times, they are mostly clean enough and acceptable. On those days there are traffic jams on all motorways also the smaller towns and parks near motorways will struggle with the pressure. In France, the motorway services on the toll roads are good, do not leave the ...


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This strongly depends on where you are going, what kind of accommodation you are looking for, and how much you are willing to pay. The West Coast of the USA ranges from National Parks and wilderness areas to some of the largest urban areas on the continent. In popular tourist areas with limited accommodation, such as the Big Sur, you may well be too late ...


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You'll be traveling after most schools' spring breaks end. A few universities may finish their spring semesters in early-to-mid-May but that shouldn't cause too many problems. There are no federal holidays in that period either.


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I've used a Packasport 60 on my 2012 Acura MDX on a stock roof rack since I purchased it, so 8 years of use now. The Packasport looks pretty aerodynamic, and compared with other's results, perhaps it is. Based on my measurements the drag reduces my U.S. MPG by 20% when empty when I am doing about 50% freeway travel. If I am only traveling at slower speeds, ...


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