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7 photos that'll make you long for the open road

From France to Israel, all of us get an itch for wandering every now and then.


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After you've been in a place for long enough, sometimes you start feeling antsy. You look down your neighborhood street and start picturing all the other streets and roads in the world, leading to places you've never been and lives you've never led. Perhaps it's time for a vacation. So we've gathered together some open roads to inspire your next escape.

Sespe, a town in California.Sespe, a town in California. (Photo: Wendell/Flickr)

Sespe, a town near Los Angeles, might as well be in a different world, as far as this amazing photo is concerned. What the town lacks in Hollywood-themed restaurants and smog, it makes up for in great camping, soothing hot springs and wildlife. Wendell, the photographer, appropriately titles this one "Into the Clouds," and he recommends listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Little Wing" while looking at it.


Winding trailVisitors walk the winding trail at the nature reserve. (Photo: benkatz100/Flickr)

Cyclists blaze down an open road along the rolling hills of a nature reserve in northern Israel. Winding trails take visitors through meadows, down through a scenic valley and up high for epic vistas. The bikers here look settled in for their journey in a region of the world known for its biking trails. Perhaps they're on their way to Tel Aviv, Israel, one of the world's most bike-friendly cities.


Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France. (Photo: number1tenor/Flickr)

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, a region in France that borders the Mediterranean and Italy, could hardly be more picturesque. The hazy blue mountains in the background flow into the bright sky, and the green foliage near the road completes the picture. This region is a popular destination for Europeans on vacation and has a variety of luxurious resorts, weekly markets and cliff-filled roads perfects for gorgeous afternoon rides.


Joseph Silvia State Beach in Massachusetts.Joseph Silvia State Beach in Massachusetts. (Photo: Gabe Shore/Flickr)

Sometimes, the open road is really more about the sky than the road, especially when the sky is a fiery pink ball of magic. This photo was taken in Massachusetts's Joseph Silvia State Beach. The place is a favorite among local families, who like its gently deepening waters and small waves.

During summer months, you have to get here early, as the place will often be full by morning. It's also a great spot for shellfishing, if that's what you're into.


Geneva, Switzerland.Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo: Erik Harström/Flickr)

The French influence really shows up in the delicious food in this French-speaking part of Switzerland. Being surrounded by the Alps creates a pretty amazing backdrop during outdoor summer meals in the famous Swiss city of Geneva. It's sometimes called the "world's smallest metropolis," and it's easy to travel by foot or on bike.


roadSouthern Israel. (Photo: Suprun Vitaly/Shutterstock)

This photo taken in southern Israel almost makes it feel like you're hitting the ground and rolling on into the distance. Mountains fade into the sky in the background, the landscapes turning gradually from green and yellow to brown to purple to blue.

But thanks to the perspective here, the road is what really draws the eye. Such a striking image is right in the wheelhouse of Israeli photographer Suprun Vitaly, who specializes in landscape and nature photos.


German Valley, West Virginia.German Valley, West Virginia. (Photo: David Clow/Flickr)

Photographer David Clow left D.C. one Friday and headed west on a motorcycle for a weekend adventure. He was looking for scenic byways rather than drab highways, and he certainly found what he was looking for. The road went through a pasture, and some cows cut across his path. Clow didn't mind though, as the animals were more than willing to pose for a photo.

"Adventure, the American adventure of the open road is what I seek," Clow wrote on Flickr. "The road, my cameras, and escape."

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