In my life I’ve always liked to travel and discover new places. You too? Whether riding a bike or driving a car or enjoying the trip relaxed on a bus, train, aeroplane or boat, travelling is always inspiring and memorable. But for those of you who prefer to travel on four wheels and enjoy spectacular moments, what are the best routes? We are proposing 10 of the most awesome road trips you can ever find around the world, from the longest to the shorter.
1. The Alcan Highway, Canada to Alaska
If you like long distances and the North American wilderness, this is definitely your road. Among mountains, lakes, dog-sledges, wolves and grizzly bears, you will drive for 2,167 kilometres. As a recommendation from some tourists, don’t do everything in a rush because you think you will come back again. Truth is that it might be a lifetime trip and you will miss some occasions for good. Therefore, take some time to slow down and enjoy everything you have around. You can discover where to eat, drive and sleep by reading the nice and useful suggestions from other travellers on TripAdvisor.
2. NC500, Scotland
With its 830 kilometres (500 miles), it’s considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful coastal routes. This is the so called “North Coast 500”. People who choose this route can spend fascinating moments looking at awe-inspiring mountains, white sand beaches, lakes, sea cliffs, fairy tale castles and haunting ruins.
Wish you enjoy it to the full? Take three to seven days off, because 24 hours would be not enough to experience everything this rout has to offer. You can even become a member of the NC500 Club.
3. Route 62, South Africa
With 748 kilometres, you have to drive 9.5 hours non-stop to complete it, between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. What can you enjoy? 9km of marine drive and around mountains, plus wineries and game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, museums and adventure with hiking, climbing, 4×4 routes, canoeing, horse riding and more. Further details here.
4. Great Ocean Road, Australia
A perfect route to experience and enjoy unforgettable mountains, ocean, rainforests, cliffs, lighthouses, national parks, the aboriginal culture, the wildlife, and the local food, all along the 400km road (249 miles), from the town of Torquay to Nelson on the South Australian border. This is one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, along the south-west coast of Victoria. For a best experience you are suggested to explore the area over few days and stay at beachside villages. A complete tourist guide can be found here.
5. Milford Road, New Zealand
With 120 kilometres (75 miles), it’s part of the State Highway 94 and an awesome scenic drive in South West New Zealand. It offers a dramatic and beautiful journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound. If you want additional sceneries you can depart from Queenstown for a total length of 300km (a 6 to 7 hours non-stop drive). The landscape is so stunning that Lord of the Rings was partly filmed in New Zealand.
What will leave you astonished? Snow-capped summits, waterfalls, fern trees and mighty cliffs. If you like extreme trips, this is an example of dangerous road, but also one of the world’s most spectacular. Are you planning your journey here and would you like some tips for drivers? You can read the suggestions from the New Zealand Government – Department of Conservation.
6. Ticlio Pass, Peru
With 132 kilometres of length, this route is ideal for the most daring travellers. Also called “Abra Anticona”, it’s a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4,818m above the sea level and it’s located in the Cordillera Central of the Peruvian Andes. The surface of the road is asphalted and chains or snow tyres can be required throughout the year. Ticlio Pass is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the world and you can discover more here.
7. Transfagarasan Road, Romania
It is 116km long and someone defined it the bet road in the world. It passes over the Fagaras mountains in Transylvania, at 2,000 metres. Anyone who loves thrilling drives, will enjoy endelss curves and sheer drops with large sections of road without barriers: check your car brakes before departure, seriously. If you are in a hurry don’t go there at all, because you may encounter hundreds of sheep along your way.
What else can you see? Try the Balea Waterfall and the Vidraru Lake and Dam. Are you afraid of getting hungry and being starving? At the peak of the Fagaras mountains you can satisfy your needs at the local restaurant. But expect to find some snow, even during June. Here is a nice blog where you can read info, suggestions and pictures.
8. Amalfi Coast Road, Italy
Just 56 kilometres long, it won’t take too much to drive along this road. But you won’t forget your trip after seeing the villages, beaches, coastline, mountains and historic churches this route offers. The landscape is mesmerizing, where mountain and sea meet and live together in perfect harmony.
The Costiera Amalfitana (in Italian language), or Amalfi Coast, is widely considered Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline. UNESCO defined it “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values”. Eager to know more? Grab additional information on this National Geographic article.
9. Jebel Hafeet, United Arab Emirates
In 30 minutes, you can drive non-stop for 11.7 kilometres. But don’t expect to reach some spectacular locations: this road doesn’t take you anywhere, unless you are the owner or guest of the private palace or exclusive hotel you will find at the end.
Why should you go there? Rising 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the Emirate’s highest peak, and UAE’s second; it’s been created into the desert, on a mountain forged out of craggy limestone that has been weathered over millions of years. In the Jebel Hafeet area fossils and ancient burial tombs have been discovered. In addition, once you reach the top, you can enjoy the great view over Al Ain, and if you can afford it, you can relax at the Mercure Jebel Hafeet hotel. You can find all the info on this link.
10. The Atlantic Road, Norway
This is a quite short route with just 8 kilometres of roads. With a non-stop drive, you can complete it in less than 30 minutes. What makes this route awesome are belly-flips and bridges surrounded by a spectacular landscape made of a lush coast, water, hills, heaths and bare rocks. And if you decide to drive late in the day, an astonishing orange sunset will be waiting for you. The Atlantic Road has National Tourist Route status and you can find more on visitnorway.com.
Do you like cars, travelling and driving? These road trips can be your perfect holiday. Have you ever been there before? What’s your experience?