Gorgeous scenery soaring past the window, a fresh breeze sweeping through with the sun shining down on your face, the thrill of exploration with miles trailing past and a glimpse of spectacular places you may need to revisit someday soon. A good road trip adventure can take you places you never predicted finding and great places you’ve always wanted to see, all to the soundtrack of good music and even better company.
With the world increasingly easier to see in the 21st century, there’s nothing quite like a road trip to truly take it all in. Whether you’re touring the UK, travelling to visit family via the scenic route, going on an adventure with a group of friends, or taking the chance to explore an entirely different world with just your car and some music to keep you company, there are so many fantastic road trip destinations around the world.
We couldn’t possibly explore all of them in this single journey, but if you’re yearning for your next road trip, or perhaps you’re ready to set out on a road trip for the first time, here are some of the top road trip destinations in the world.
The United States of America
Perhaps one of the world’s most famous road trip destinations, the USA is expansive with diverse terrain, beautiful places to visit on your journey, and some good, smooth roads for an excellent trip. It also helps that some of the favourite road trip states in the USA are known for having a really pleasant climate for cruising along the road.
The Pacific Coast Highway in California is one of the most well-loved routes for a USA road trip next to Route 66, which spans 8 states across the US. The Pacific Coast Highway takes in some fantastic scenery, cruising along the coast for a stunning shot of the ocean. From San Diego to Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Hearst Castle and beyond, this route will take you on a tour through some of California’s famous attractions with the best scenic views along the way.
All of the states have such differing and thriving characters, so you won’t want to limit yourself to just one excellent road trip in the US. In fact, you could probably go on a very long holiday made up of several road trips if you’re feeling ambitious. Why not try out the beautiful Going-to-the-Sun Road journey in Montana, the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, or tour the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. The possibilities are limitless.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Whatever length road trip you’re looking for, if you’re looking for one of the top bucket list road trips for travellers, The Great Ocean Road in Australia is easily in the top 10 on that list.
Australia is known in and of itself for some spectacular travel ventures. From the climate to the wildlife, the winter escape, culture, and much much more, visiting Australia should already be a bucket list item. The Great Ocean Road is really just one great reason to visit. A road that stretches along the south coast of Victoria, starting in Melbourne, it follows the beautiful coastline for around 150 miles.
Though this is certainly not a long road trip, it will take you through some beautiful views and terrain, from rocky cliffs to the roaring ocean, rainforest, beaches, and more, if you like to make some day trip-style stops along your road trip journey, this is an easy choice. And, if you love it as much as we think you will, it’s a great journey to travel again!
The Ring Road, Iceland
If you’re already an Iceland enthusiast, then you’ve probably already heard of the Ring Road trip that many travellers take when they visit Iceland (and if you’re not an Iceland enthusiast yet, why not check out our top 10 reasons to visit Iceland?). This is certainly one of the most beloved activities for Iceland travellers.
The Ring Road trip is over 800 miles of road, beautiful landscapes, and Iceland splendour that circles the entire country. One of the longest road trips on this list, the Ring Road trip in Iceland is the perfect way to see some of the dazzling natural attractions, black sand beaches, soaring cliffs, volcanic terrain, and waterfalls.
If you’re as into road trips as some of us are and you already want to take a trip to Iceland, this may just be the perfect road trip adventure for you in 2022. Though it is a long trip, even just touring a portion of this beautiful country will have you hungry to go back for more. So, take your time, sit back and enjoy the view, this one’s going to have you occupied for some fantastic holidays to come.
The Garden Route, South Africa
If you’re looking for the perfect introduction to South Africa, The Garden Route road trip is a must-have adventure that will take you through some breathtaking spots. This is the country’s most iconic road trip for a very good reason, and if you plan to revisit South Africa (which we highly recommend) then the Garden Route is easily a road trip to take again and again.
Stretching from the towering beauty of Cape Town to the welcoming town of Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route will introduce you to some of the most spectacular characteristics of South Africa. This is a great trip if you love hiking too. With many spots along the way to stop, pull on your boots, and just bask in the natural scenery, this is truly a fantastic trip.
Because this route is so packed with activities, natural attractions, cities, towns, and more, it’s also the perfect road trip if you’re travelling in a group. Whether it’s family or friends or a romantic getaway, there’s so much to do and see on the Garden Route that everyone will be satisfied tenfold.
There are so many spectacular places in the world for a road trip, that any list we make would only skim the surface. From staycation road trips around Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England, to these beautiful foreign adventures, don’t stop exploring our gorgeous planet and don’t forget to stay prepared by checking the Foreign Travel Advice page, whatever your destination.
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