50 Beautiful Photographs of Rural and Urban Roads

I recently watched a 1999 film called 'The Straight Story', where the main character travels from Iowa to Wisconsin (a distance of at least 255m / 480km) on a lawn mower to visit his estranged brother who had suffered a stroke, this film was based on a true story. The thing that struck me about the film was the shots of miles and miles of empty, country road ahead of him.

Roads have been the subject of many song titles, such as The Road to Nowhere (Talking Heads, 1985) and The Road to Hell (Chris Rea, 1989). Roads are also often used in art to signify journeys both physical and mental. So we have collected a beautiful selection of road photography, both rural and urban from all around the world. If your journey is along the 'road to success', or it feels like the 'Road to Nowhere', you will surely be inspired by these photographs.

50 Beautiful Photographs of Rural and Urban Roads

Beautiful Photographs of Rural and Urban Roads

Country Roads

Northport Road in the Winter
Door County, Wisconsin

Northport Road in the Winter

Highway to Heaven
Highway 56, Utah

Highway to Heaven

Miles of Solitude
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Miles of Solitude

Rolling Fields
Spokane, Washington

Rolling Fields

Goodbye Troubles
Kenya

Goodbye Troubles

Curves Ahead
Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon

Curves Ahead

Up and Down
St Thiel Road, Washington

Up and Down

Road Trip
Lodi, New York

Road Trip

Road Round the Mountain
Road Round the Mountain

Road
Old road from Prizren to Opoja, Kosovo

Road

Road
Petroleum Road, Golan Heights, Israel

Road

Road to Edale
Derbyshire, England

Road to Edale

Road to Heaven
Walmea Canyon Road, Na Pali, Kauai, Hawaii

Road to Heaven

Autumn Road
New Hampshire

Autumn Road

Road to Nowhere
Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

Road to Nowhere

Untitled
Morocco

Morocco

Road
Road to Kilpisjarvi, Finland

Road

Road to Nowhere
Netherlands

Road to Nowhere

Road...
Poland

Road

Road
Poland

Road

Different Planet
Iceland

Different Planet

Along the Road
Rothenberg, Germany

Along the Road

Empty Road
Empty Road

May the road rise with you
Fire Canyon, Nevada State Park

May the road rise with you

The Road to...
Highway 564, Alberta, Canada

The Road to...

Roller Coaster Road
Kelso, Scotland

Roller Coaster Road

Kolob Terrace Road
Zion National Park, Utah

Kolob Terrace Road

Cuts
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cuts

Urban and City Roads

Spaghetti Junction
Auckland, New Zealand

Spaghetti Junction

Hong Kong – Rail and Road Traffic Trails
Hong Kong - Rail and Road Traffic Trails

Curve
Norway

Curve

Aerial Road
Osaka, Japan

Aerial Road

Atlanterhavsveien – 'The Atlantic Road'
Norway

Atlanterhavsveien – 'The Atlantic Road'

Bright Atlanta
Bright Atlanta

Moottoritie – Highway
Salo, Finland

Moottoritie - Highway

Highway Crossing
Cologne, Germany

Highway Crossing

The M3 Motorway at Twyford Down, Winchester, England
The M3 Motorway at Twyford Down

City View
Hong Kong

City View

Highway Crossing
Osaka, Japan

Highway Crossing

San Francisco
San Francisco

City Intakes – Bathurst Street
Toronto, Canada

City Intakes - Bathurst Street

Empty Road
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Empty Road

Yellow Traffic Jam
New York

Yellow Traffic Jam

Flatiron: NYC Day to Night
Flatiron: NYC Day to Night

Abbey Road II
London

Abbey Road II

Avenue des Champs Elysees
Paris

Avenue des Champs Elysees

Down Street
Vila do Conde, Portugal

Down Street

Road to London
Road to London

Hakozaki Junction, Shuto Expressway, Tokyo
Hakozaki Junction, Shuto Expressway, Tokyo

Millau Bridge
Bridge over the River Tarn, France

Millau Bridge

Conclusion

Hopefully you have enjoyed these photographs and they haven't instilled you too seriously with an insatiable wanderlust!

Which of these images was your favorite? Please share your comments and acknowledgments for the photos/photographers in the section below.