Roads were made to connect people. However, it was rightly said that the journey is more enjoyable than the destination. And thus evolved the idea of road trips. Road trips are the ultimate and most spontaneous getaway. Throw a few supplies in the back of your car, gas up, grab a few good people and you’re good to go on a vacation of a life time! It is the ultimate bonding experience and can open your eyes to a whole new world. You could drive by a village and interact with the locals or admire the waves of the ocean, crashing against the shore. New places, new cultures, new foods and new memories that will last forever- that’s what road trips are all about. Ever wondered where to start and which are some of the best road trips you could take? Look no further, for here are ten of the most amazing road trips from around the world.
10. New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most scenic places of the world. It is no surprise that Peter Jackson picked it as his sight for the Middle Earth in Lord of The Rings. One of the best ways to explore the country is by road. Begin in Auckland, the largest city, and take a look at some Maori culture, then visit Huapai and sample some great wines. Visit Waikato which is great for hiking and look at the spot where Frodo was stabbed by the Black Rider. Rotorua for its hot spring geysers, Hamilton for great food, Kaimanawa forest park to see the rare Blue Duck and end at Wellington, the national capital and visit the Waterfront.
France is a country as beautiful as its language and people! Provence, though quaint, offers great back roads for a road trip. Begin at Avignon where you can visit the Popes Palace which along with being a religious place also has a great wine cellar and an expert sommelier. They select some of the best wine from all of France and sell them at producer’s rates. Les Delices du Luberon is the next stop with crammed shopping streets. L’Isle Sur la-Sorgue is a colourful town with markets full of block-printed fabrics. Many artists like Van Gogh and Matisse drew inspiration from the city. Roussillon, Moustiers and Les Baux-de-Provence complete the beautiful 240 mile circuit.
While Australia might be the smallest continent in the world, its beauty must not be underestimated. One of the best road trips to take is from Cape to Cape in Western Australia. It is a 200 kilometre route from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. Though the distance is short, is a feast for the eyes. It showcases a lot of Australia’s natural diversity. Moving from Cape Naturaliste, you will find wildflowers of unseen colours in bloom, and of course, kangaroos. About midway, you will come across the Margaret River which is home to some of the most famous Australian vineyards. South of the river is the Leeuwin-Naturaliste national park which is a top spot for fishing and surfing.
This is a rather long road trip but it is worth every bit of fuel spent. Start from Bergen and take the route via Alvik in order to end at Oslo. Bergen has a functional cable car system and riding funiculars up the surrounding mountains. The 350 miles from Bergen to the outskirts of Oslo is full of greenery. You could also take the coastal road via Kristiansand and Stavanger swap the mountains for oceans and even ride a car ferry! Look out for a large number of Elk; you will be able to see the dents made by them everywhere. Wooden buildings, lighthouses and sea cottages will sooth your senses aplenty!
Ireland is known for The Great Irish Road Trip. Autumn is one of the best times to take a trip around the country. While the country may not be too big, it is definitely scenic and worth a visit. You can set off in the middle of Ireland at Tipperary and make a first stop at Lough Derg, in the North of the country. If the weather is too bad, you could take a look at the scenery from the window. Viewing points are marked everywhere. Take the M7 highway. There are numerous castles and a boarding school that looks much like Hogwarts. Visit Cahir Castle, Rock of Cashel and the Hollycross Abbey. End at Dublin for some spectacular food!
Just as depicted in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Spain is one of the best road trip centres of the world. From beaches to cheap wine and some of the best party locations to architectural marvels, this country has everything you seek in a road trip and more. The Mediterranean coast is one long road trip to take. Begin at Tarifa, the southernmost point of Europe to the rocky roads of Cabo de Creus and visit the border of France and Spain in the northern state of Catalunya. Take a dip in the pristine waters, eat some of the creamiest ice creams, visit the Desierto de Tabernas to see the background of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade and indulge in tapas!
Though India has many beautiful sights, some of your time best spent would be on a road trip to Leh-Ladakh, via Manali. The Leh-Manali highway is open from June to October every year, when the snow has melted. Once you are at higher altitudes, it will take a few days to get acclimatized. Rohtang pass is a beautiful place to play in the snow and eat piping hot Maggi. Leh offers a number of adventure activities such as trekking, rafting and climbing. There are also Buddhist monasteries and temples for the religiously inclined. Visit the Khardungla pass which is the highest motorable road in the world. The Pangong Tso Lake, as seen in 3 Idiots, is also located at Leh.
Alaska has a small population. On your road trip, you will see few towns and fewer people. However, this place is so beautiful; you will keep coming back for more. There are whales, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, ponds full of trout and mystifying oceans. Start at Anchorage, go via the Kenai Peninsula and end at the harbour town of Seward. The Seward Highway is known as the All American Highway, which is quite a trip in itself. On your way, visit the Chugach State Park, Mount Alyeska, Portage Valley, Turnagain pass –a major hot spot for skiing-, Canyon Creek and Moose Pass. These are some sights which you will never be able to gauge anywhere else in the world.
2. British Columbia, Canada
This tour will take about five to seven days. The start is in Vancouver. This city has been blessed with dramatic geography. There are mountains on one side and water bodies on the other. Stanley Park is a must visit with winding drives and high-reaching cedars. Take the Lions Gate Bridge to the Capilano Canyon where you can take the Grouse Mountain Skyride. Visit the Lighthouse ark established way back in 1881. Take a ferry to Victoria and visit the city centre. Whistler, Nanaimo, Howe Sound and Shannon Falls National Park are all interesting places to visit before making New Westminster your last stop.
1. Route 66, USA
Route 66 is probably the most famous highway in the world. It was created in 1926 and stretches all the way from Chicago on the east coast to Santa Monica in California via Arizona. It is 2,451 miles long. On this single trip, you can visit a number of states including Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Not much needs to be said about this famous route. It has a song based on it as well as a TV show! It is the ultimate road trip.