Great road trips around the world
A driving holiday can be just about the most perfect holiday experience you can design – provided you have a comfortable vehicle that is, whether four wheeled or two. Driving holidays and road trips give you the freedom to roam, the chance to discover little visited off-the-beaten-track villages and sights, as well as the opportunity to enjoy it all at your own pace, amidst often spectacular scenery. Serendipity is the watchword here – an advantage of old style travel that is so often lost in the modern era of packages and set itineraries. A driving holiday offers all this and more.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the world’s most scenic routes, from the white beaches of the Pacific Coast Highway to mountain passes, from ancient pilgrim routes to majestic desert highways.
The Icefields Parkway follows the heart of the Canadian Rockies from Banff to Jasper and is claimed by Canadians to be the most scenic mountain drive in the world.
Amalfi Coast Road
From the exuberant natural beauty of the mountainous landscape overlooking clear seas to the fine detail of the bright villages and stone churches set into the rock of these hills—the beauty of this region warms all who imbibe of its aesthetic riches.
The Atlantic Road, Norway
The Atlantic Road is an 8 km scenic masterpiece set amidst the hills, lakes and rivers of Norway’s fine natural landscape.
Leh-Manali Route, The Himalayas
The picturesque route connecting Leh and Manali offers the ultimate mountain-driving expedition as well as the ultimate Buddhist pilgrimage.
La Ruta Del Che, Bolivia
A wonderfully cultural and historical unpaved route in Bolivia’s Andean valleys, the La Ruta Del Che follows Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s final revolution-rousing days.
West Loop to Little Sahara/Anadarko, Oklahoma
This western circuitous route encompasses two of Oklahoma’s most surprising topographic wonders—the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge and the Little Sahara State Park.
Scotland’s Western Highlands
A wonderful 250 mile trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye with Scottish wildlife abounding is exactly what Scotland’s Western Highlands offer.
Garden Route: Slang River to Tsitsikamma
Housing several forest and marine reserves, and offering snorkelling, scuba diving and boat trips to see dolphins, whales and sharks—South Africa’s Garden Route offers the country’s best beaches, lagoons and scenic road trips.
New Zealand’s South Island
From majestic glacial peaks of the Southern Alps to rainforest wildlife, turquoise sea and soothing waterfalls—New Zealand’s South Island offers the drive of a lifetime.
The Alaskan Highway
For beauty, stillness and serenity, the Alaskan Highway claims priority. With little to distract your attention, this drive from British Columbia, through the Yukon and into Alaska will bring you back in touch with the natural world of the deep northern territories of America.