There’s a different kind of freedom in travelling when you decide to take a road trip. It can be one of the most spontaneous things you’ll do. Apart from planning your road trip’s starting and ending point, everything in between happens whenever you choose.
That’s why road trips attract many – you take the route you want, stop whenever you want or need to, and it’s adventurous. If you hear an epic adventure calling, you can go on one of the following road trips. We’ll explore some of the most epic road trips across the globe.
Route 1 – Pacific Coast Highway, United States
If you’re in the USD and feel like driving the route close to the ocean, we recommend embarking on this epic road trip. A road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take in the area’s beach culture and coastal charm while also taking in the natural beauty of the California coast. It is a must-do for any traveler seeking a unique adventure.
Since this is a popular adventure, plan and make any bookings in time. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere along the scenic Highway 1. If you’ve always wanted to see the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or the enchanting Monterey Bay Aquarium, this adventure is definitely for you.
Route 2: Ring Road, Iceland
If your idea of a perfect road trip is to have a different activity every day, you should visit Iceland. You’ll enjoy this unique adventure, especially if you don’t mind cold and windy weather. During this 1,332 km long ride, you’ll see whales, Reykjavík, Vatnajökull National Park, and the Golden Circle. This adventure can take you up to ten days, so prepare accordingly. Most importantly, you’ll love the otherworldly landscapes and abundant natural wonders along Iceland’s Ring Road. Plan this trip during the warmer months if you’re not accustomed to driving under harsh winter conditions. Some roads can be covered in ice and snow, so being prepared is good.
Route 3: Trollstigen, Norway
Trollstigen in Norway, also known as the “Troll’s Path, will take you along the mountains of the Romsdalen Valley. This road trip is popular among nature and adventure enthusiasts. You’ll witness a range of mountains, their peaks, different waterfalls, lush greenery all the step of the way and deep valleys.
We must emphasise that this drive is unavailable throughout the entire year due to unsafe travelling conditions. You should plan this road trip between May and October, as Trollstigen Road is typically open during this time. You should always check for weather updates to double-check if the road is restricted n any capacity due to poor weather conditions.
Route 4: Route 66, United States
The legendary Route 66 is the equivalent of the American spirit. This route is also known as the Mother Road, and you’ll have to cross across eight states to complete this adventure. This epic drive connects Chicago to Los Angeles, and you’ll experience epic American history and modern vibes. It’s nostalgic, it’s charming and legendary.
You’ll encounter many diners with that typical Hollywood movie charm. If you’re a fan of live music, you can experience the rock and roll spirit in one of the live music venues. Stop by the Petrified Forest, Route 66 museums, Meramec Caverns, and many more. You’ll have 4000 kilometres worth of ideas and points to stop by and visit.
Route 5: Great Ocean Road, Australia
This one is for people who enjoy driving down a coastal road. Even though it will take you around 10 hours to finish this road trip, it’s worth doing it, especially if you want to perfect your driving skills. Taking driving lessons in Sydney is a great way to start your driving career, but a road trip will further perfect your skills.
So, if you live in Australia and are up for a scenic, coastal road trip, you’ll witness amazing scenery if you take one down the Great Ocean Road. From wildlife and landmarks like the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge to taking your board to surf at Bells Beach, there’s much to experience. These activities can only enhance your road trip experience, so plan them accordingly.
Route 6: Garden Route, South Africa
Another road trip for those who love great coastal scenery is the Garden Route in South Africa. The scenery also combines cute towns, lush greenery, stunning beaches and amazing wildlife. The road trip starts in Mossel Bay and ends after 300 km at Storms River. Tsitsikamma National Park, as one of the road’s highlights, should be among the places you’ll pause to see. The Cango Caves are the second highlight, as these magnificent caves are 20 million years old. These are the archaeological and historical wonders of South Africa.
Route 7: Amalfi Coast, Italy
If you’re in the mood for something short but equally sweet, head to Italy to take in the beauty of the Amalfi coast. Just around 50 kilometres, this road trip will make you fall in love with Italy (if you haven’t fallen already). The trip will probably last longer than expected as you’ll stop plenty of times to take photos and enjoy the Mediterranean beauty of southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is known for its gastronomic delights, so get ready to indulge all your senses. The Positano is the main highlight, as this picturesque town will mesmerise you with its colourful houses, narrow streets, beautiful shops and great nightlife.
Route 8: North Coast 500, Scotland
If a great road trip includes many great activities, you should head to Scotland. If going on outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife spotting, and enjoying water sports like kayaking or surfing excites you, you should learn more about the North Coast 500, a spectacular road trip through the Scottish Highlands. You’ll see beautiful castles, rugged coastlines, and majestic lochs along the stretch of 830km.
Choosing at least one of these eight road trip ideas for your next adventure will enrich your life and make beautiful memories. The joy of hitting the open road is always an exciting feeling, so plan your next adventure to include one of our ideas.