While motoring along, check out these British landmarks

At about the time the US was beginning construction of the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System, Britain was commencing its own similar – but much smaller – network of expressways called motorways. The first: an eight-mile stretch in Lancashire called the Preston Bypass, was opened by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan 50 years ago last month. The limited-access roads were meant to connect industrial centers with seaports, but they also have been a boon to tourists who desire to see the sights along the way. With that in mind, the editors of the TripAdvisor website compiled a list of Britain's best roadside attractions to help celebrate the motorway system's golden anniversary. The Top 10:

  • 1. Stonehenge, famous prehistoric site
  • 2. The Angel of the North, sculpture at Gateshead, England
  • 3. Loch Ness, largest body of water in Scotland
  • 4. Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain
  • 5. Clifton Suspension Bridge, spans River Avon at Bristol, England
  • 6. Harlech Castle, King Edward I's residence in Gwynedd, Wales
  • 7. Wembley Stadium, 90,000-seat London sports arena
  • 8. Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 near Chepstow, Wales
  • 9. Cherhill White Horse, hillside sculpture 90 miles from London
  • 10. Cerne Abbas Giant, 180-foot-high hill figure in Dorset
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