Road trips are a terrific way for people who love travelling to experience many different new places within the same trip. There are more than 18.5 million kilometres of paved roads around the world, ideal for those with a touch of wanderlust.
Whilst it’s true that not every road on the planet is of interest to wandering souls there are certainly plenty of great places that are sure to fulfil your travelling desires for quite some time.
Here are some of the best road trips in the world:
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
A road like no other, the Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage. Stretching for more than 240 kilometres, it runs along the south eastern coast of the country in the state of Victoria. Connecting the cities of Allansford and Torquay, the road leads past stunning areas of lush rainforest, gorgeous seaside cities and towns, remote lighthouses, and dramatic coastal scenery. Known for its views and charming communities, the Great Ocean Road is a top place for an adventure.
Garden Route, South Africa
More than 200 kilometres long, South Africa’s Garden Route is a great road trip for adventurous souls. Numerous exciting activities await, as well as stunning scenery and lots of encounters with nature. Drive Africa’s southernmost tip and feel the rush with a bungee jump, dare to go cage diving with sharks, try some thrilling canoeing, relax on pristine beaches and alongside glistening lagoons and lakes, go walking in the hills and mountains, spot a plethora of interesting birds … and more!
The Atlantic Road, Norway
Whilst a short rod compared with many other popular driving routes around the world, Norway’s Atlantic Road makes up for it with its amazing scenic views. Connects the towns of Molde and Kristiansund the road lies over the raging Atlantic Ocean. Several bridges add to the thrill-factor and don’t be surprised if giant waves come crashing over the top of you!
Overseas Highway, Florida
Leading through the spectacular and picturesque Florida Keys, the Overseas Highway is an incredibly popular drive in the USA. Connecting Miami and Key West, you can expect amazing coastal views, sunshine, and a drive to remember.
Amalfi Coast Road, Italy
A beautiful drive when in Italy, this awesome road trip covers 56 stunning kilometres. Taking around an hour and a half without stopping, plan to take a fair bit longer and allow ample time for picture taking and explorations en route. Passing through beautiful meadows and passing by quaint villages and old charming churches, it is certainly a scenic highlight of a visit to Italy. The hairpin turns are sure to make your heart jump in both delight and fright!
Jamaica’s Pirate Route, the iconic Route 66 in the USA, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the dry and dusty Jebel Hafeet in the United Arab Emirates, Iceland’s Ring Road, Canada’s Cabot Trail, the hair-raising Ticlio Pass in Peru, Romania’s Transfagarasan Road, and the Romantic Road in Germany are just a few more of the excellent driving routes around the world.