There’s nothing quite like the feeling of the open road to excite the senses, free the mind and experience the best of any destination. In this post we take a look at some of the worlds best road trips to add to your travelling bucket list.
1. Route 66, USA
Also known as Main Street, Route 66 is considered to be the most spectacular and famous highway in the world. It has been eugolised by numerous movies, books, songs, and television shows more than any other highway in the world. The 2,400-mile drive starts in the states of Missouri, Texas, New Mexico, and finally ends in California at the stunning beaches of Santa Monica in Los Angeles.
2. Amalfi Drive, Italy
The Amalfi Drive is considered to be one of the best and thrilling roads not only in Italy, but also in the world. It stretches from the peaceful village of Amalfi to Sorrento. The route passes through wonderful hillside villas, historical buildings, and small historical towns. It offers stunning views of the expansive Mediterranean from its highest points.
3. Ring of Kerry, Ireland
The ring of Kerry is one of the most scenic and famous drives in the world. Found in the south-western region of Ireland, the circular drive starts in Killarney, winding gracefully through the beautiful historical towns of Kenmare, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Killorglin. It offers very beautiful sceneries and attractions including Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney National Park, Killarney Golf Club, Stone Age ruins, shimmering lakes, glaciated valleys, and unspoilt beaches.
4. Icefields Parkway, Canada
Also referred to as Highway 93, the Icefields Parkway starts from Lake Louise Town in the south and stretches for about 230 kilometres to Jasper Town in the north. Traversing the rugged landscape of Rocky Mountains, and Banff National Park, the route offers excellent views of impressive wildlife including bighorn sheep, grizzly, moose, black bears, elks, and mountain goats. It also offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, emerald lakes, magnificent waterfalls, and alpine meadows.
5. Ring Road, Iceland
The Ring Road is the highest highway in Iceland. Circling its way through the country for about 1,400 kilometres, the highway connects many major towns and cities including Reykjavik, Isafjorour, Blonduos, Akureyri, Husavik, Egilsstaoir, Hornafjorour, Vik, and Vestmannaeyjar. It passes through wonderful plateaus, thundering waterfalls, rugged fjords, and volcanic mountains. It also passes through Blue Lagoon, Myvatn, Dettifoss, Jokulsarlon, and Skaftafell national parks.
6. Great Ocean Road, Australia
The Great Ocean Road is an outstanding Australian National Heritage stretching for about 245 kilometres in the south-eastern coast of Victoria in Australia. The road starts in Torquay, stretching westward past the pillars of the Twelve Apostles, to the humble village of Warrnambool. It winds along cliff tops, up spectacular headlands, down to a number of stunning beaches, across breathtaking river estuaries, and through evergreen rainforests.
7. Milford Road, New Zealand
The Milford Road is one of the highest and most beautiful drives in New Zealand. It starts from Te Anau, winding its way for about 130 kilometres to Milford Sound. It passes through virgin forests, snowy mountains, amazing waterfalls, and mirror-like lakes. The Fiordland National Park has wonderful wildlife including seals, hare, dolphins, deer, and a variety of bird species.
8. Grossglocner High Alpine Road, Austria
The Grossglockner road is one of the highest and most modern highways in Austria. The 47-mile drive starts from Salzburg and ends at Carinthia. It is usually open during summer when there is less or no snow. The route takes you through wooded valleys, fantastic waterfalls, and large forests. It also offers panoramic views of the Hohe Tauern National Park, Grossglockner Mountain, and the Pasterze Glacier.
9. San Bernadino Pass
This 35-mile road starts in Martigny and ends in San Mernardino. The drive passes through sprawling bridges, churches, castles, and gorges. It also offers impressive views of numerous ruins, mountain villages, and fortresses.
10. Eyre Highway, Australia
Stretching for about 1,000 miles, the Eyre Highway connects Western Australia with South Australia. It starts in Port Augusta and ends in Norseman. The route was named after Edward John Eyre, a famous Australian explorer of the 1840s. It passes through small beautiful towns of Kimba, Wuddina, and Ceduna. It also offers panoramic views of sandy beaches, old roadhouses, and forests.
Amy Sawyer is a feature writer for Alamo car hire in the US who have pickup and drop off locations along Roue 66 to get you stsrted on one of the world best road trips.