What better time to start planning your next road trip than right now? From stunning natural panoramas to down home Texas barbecue to tropical beaches, this list has it all. Explore the best road trips in the world that you never knew you were missing. Make sure you add them to your bucket list!
Pacific Coast Highway, California, USA
“Cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway for breathtaking views. I started in San Diego, and over the course of a week, drove up to San Francisco. Along the way, I saw everything from frolicking seals to awe-inspiring cliffs to some of California’s most high-powered cities. If views of the majestic Pacific haven’t persuaded you, you can end in one of the coolest cities in the USA…San Francisco! Plan to spend a couple days there; check out the Golden Gate Bridge, hit up Fisherman’s Wharf, and take a cable car to explore the city.”
–Melissa, Maps & Merlot
“Want to see African animals in the wild, climb desert dunes, prowl through deserted ghost towns, man rugged coastlines, look for sunken ships, view ancient rock drawings, hike the canyons, meet captivating local tribes members, gaze through the darkest of nights to see millions of stars and eat some schnitzel along the way?
If you are vigorously nodding your head, yes – Think Namibia. Arguably one of the best road trip destinations in the world, the above only scratches the surface of the adventure and diversity you will find driving this incredible country.”
– Heather & Matt, Travelationship
“Cyprus is a candidate for one of the best road trips in the world. Many of the roads wind along the amazing coastline, providing incredible views of the deep blue Mediterranean. As you drive from the beaches of Ayia Napa in the east to Paphos in the west, ancient ruins make great stopping points along the way for any history buff. History not your thing? Head into the Troodos Mountains for some fantastic hiking, and explore a part of Cyprus most people never see. And don’t forget the many wineries of Cyprus, one of Europe’s most underrated wine regions. Lastly, don’t forget to stop in the capital of Nicosia (also called Lefkosa in Turkish) to walk across the border from the south (Greek) side into the north (Turkish) side for a totally different perspective.”
– Trevor & Christine, Grabbing Life by the Balls
“I honestly believe Utah is one of the best road trips in the world! Roll the windows down, turn the music up and leave the (Salt Lake) city life behind as you head towards the quirky little town of Moab – a great base to explore both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Don’t miss hiking to Delicate Arch, the park’s (and Utah’s) most recognizable arch, before heading down to Monument Valley for the best sunsets and sunrises in the land. Head back up through Capitol Reef National Park and the Escalante Staircase National Monument before ending your trip with the ultimate grand finale. Just when you think Utah couldn’t possibly get any better, Bryce and Zion National Parks enter the scene to prove you wrong. As you explore Bryce’s otherworldly orange hoodoos and brave the Narrows at Zion National Park you’ll be thanking me!”
– Lynne, Well-Caffeinated Traveller
Manila to Visayas, Phillippines
“From Manila, it’s possible to travel to Visayas via a week-long road trip. You can stop in Albay to see the perfectly cone-shaped Mayon Volcano and the nearby ruins. The next stop is Sorsogon to island hop across its uncrowded tropical beaches. Samar offers spectacular rock formations where you can dip in natural lagoons. The last pit stop is Leyte,where you can walk along the chalk-white sand bar of Kalanggaman Island or even stay overnight in the picturesque little island of Sambawan. This road trip is a chance for you to see some highlights of the Philippines in one go.”
– Katherine, Tara Lets Anywhere
“Although driving on the left side of the road was really scary, a road trip through southern England was one of the best trips my family has taken. There was something for everyone- castles, churches, Shakespeare, Harry Potter and Dr. Who, and even prehistoric monoliths! My favorite stop was one I never even knew existed before starting to plan this road trip. The tea-loving, historical fiction fan, nature girl in me adored the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are a few counties with rolling grassy hills and darling medieval towns right out of a movie set.”
– Jamie, The Daily Adventures of Me
“Norway prides itself on its fjords, nature and waterfalls to the extent that the government has implemented the National Tourist Routes; these show off the best areas of the country. There are 18 National Tourist Routes to pick from and both Aurlandsfjellet and Hardanger Route are definite stunners. Located approximately east of Bergen, these routes will take you through countless hairpin turns up the mountain to the best lookout over Aurlandsfjord and down the valley and along a turquoise water fjord. You’ll be driving through little country towns with breathtaking waterfalls located along the roadside with several photo opportunities. It’ll almost be impossible to put your camera down!”
– Caroline, The Travelling Sloth
“If you are a keen explorer and a fierce globetrotter, you should definitely plan a road trip in Costa Rica. From hiking up volcanoes to trekking through tropical forests to surfing the waves of the pacific beaches, Costa Rica has it all! Try scuba diving along the Caribbean shores (lined with coconut trees, of course) and discover all of the amazing wildlife Costa Rica has to offer.
– Ariane, The Travel Bias
“Iceland had always been a mystery that I wanted to explore, so when we got the chance to visit Iceland for the first time we knew we had to road trip. Our journey across Iceland consisted of many first experiences such as snorkeling in between tectonic plates, walking on black sand beaches, sailing across glaciers, watching the midnight sun, and exploring the rarely visited town of Akureyri. We were so lucky to discover the random beauties on this land that is so pristine and picturesque.”
– Richa, My Tickle Feet
Texas BBQ, USA
“Could Texas win over two Memphis barbecue super fans? Carmen and Joe Baguio planned this road trip to find out. The road trip takes you through the heart of beautiful Texas hill country, hitting six highly-awarded barbecue joints. Starting in Jefferson, Texas, the 548 mile trip ends at Lockhart, Texas, known by barbecue experts as the “Capital of Texas Barbecue.”
– Carmen & Joe, Pack Your Baguios
“It’s only recently that Chilean Patagonia’s only main road has gained legendary status as the place for the ultimate road trip in South America. But what a road it is. Passing a wealth of national parks where hanging glaciers threaten to launch themselves from clifftops into huge lakes below and hiking trails snake into some of the continent’s wildest landscapes, the 1240 km Carretera Austral from Villa O’Higgins to Puerto Mont is only for the seriously adventurous.”
– Steph, Worldly Adventurer
“’The north of Vietnam is a land of mountains, rice terraces, ethnic tribes, and unparalleled beauty. Often left unexplored by visitors, it is quite away from the tourist trail of Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between. An ‘off-the-beaten-path’ way to do it would be to rent a motor bike for the road trip. You can just go on a 3-day trip or spend a month riding on your steed.”
– Venkat, India Backpack Motorbike
Garden Route, South Africa
“If I had to pick only one road trip to take in my life it would have to be the drive from Cape Town to Johannesburg along the Garden Route. It’s got something for everyone – beautiful scenery, amazing wines, adrenaline pumping activities , animal encounters (ostriches, great white sharks and elephants, to name a few!) and spectacular national parks. It really showcases South Africa’s highlights – and doesn’t cost the earth either!”
– Vicki, Make Time to See the World
Road to Hana, Hawaii, USA
“Winding along the west coast of Maui, you’ll find 64.4 miles of blacktop that make one of the most best road trips in the world, the Road to Hana. This drive is breathtaking not only for its stunning views, but also for the hairpin turns, narrow passes, and sections that hug mountains on one side and cliffs on the other.
The Road to Hana starts in Maui’s largest town, Kahului, and follows State Highways 36 and 360 to Hana, one of the most isolated and authentic villages in the Hawaii. Once there, you’ll discover the destination is as good as the journey: Hana is a peaceful village known for its black sand beach, tropical garden, and great snorkeling and hiking.”
– Rob & Ann, TravelLatte.net
“Israel is a perfect place for a week long road trip. Although it’s famous for its major cities, there are many beautiful towns and an incredible amount of natural beauty that are easily reachable. It’s only about 3.5 hours from Tel Aviv to the most southern point in Israel, where you can do snorkeling/diving in the beautiful waters of the Red Sea. You can even hike in the desert and visit historic ruins along the way!”
– Karen, Wanderlustingk
Icefields Parkway, Canada
“Icefields Parkway is arguably one of the most beautiful drives in North America. Linking two of the most popular parks, Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, this drive has it all. Start with Herbert Lake, the most stunning reflection lake we have ever seen. After that, you will experience more lakes, hikes, waterfalls, ice fields and views that are unreal. There is not a dull moment on this drive, so be prepared for it to take longer than you think because you will want to get out and explore. This road trip should be on any travel list, as the experience is like none other.”
– Kym & Kevin, 33 and Free
Miami to Key West, Florida, USA
“When asked about a favorite road trip, I always simply smile and transport myself back to the Florida Keys and the drive from Miami to Key West. Heading south from Miami, you brush the tip of the Everglades before reaching Key Largo…this is where the trip gets interesting. It is the start of the 113 mile stretch known as the Overseas Highway, a road consisting of 42 bridges linking the Lower Keys. The most iconic of these is the 7-Mile Bridge. Expect jaw dropping ocean views all around as you cross from island to island. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see a key deer or two. Need more reason to take the drive? Don’t overlook the fact that this road trip finishes in the awesome town of Key West, so kick back, grab a cocktail, and enjoy some of the finest sunsets the USA offers.”
– Matt, The Travel Blogs
South of France
“This past summer my boyfriend and I did a 2-week road trip through the South of France, starting in Nice and ending in Marseille. Simply driving from city to town to village introduced us to unexpected beaches, hikes, wineries and adorable eateries. Plus, every destination has a ton of awesome day trips to offer. Airbnb provided a ton of affordable options for castle and farm stays, too. A few of our favorite experiences included kayaking in Verdon Gorge, cycling into the countryside from Aix-en-Provence, hiking Calanques National Park in Marseille, and eating our way around Nice’s Old Town.”
– Jessica, Jessie on a Journey
“New Zealand is known for their beautiful landscapes and camper van friendly culture. After all, freedom camping is a popular option for travelers on a budget (like us) and locations can be easily found via a free app. Fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit will especially like it because the entire movie was filmed in New Zealand and the locations are open to the public. In addition, New Zealand has to be one of the most photogenic countries we’ve visited; photographers will be in heaven.”
– Tim & Pam, Thrifty Trails
“Life is all about making memories and having adventures. Road trips in the Southern part of India are exactly what we call a perfect adventure. The road trips take you through dense forests between the various states of India. As part of the road trip, you can witness the abundance wildlife including elephants, monkeys and deer.”
– Raksha, solopassport
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Hotel Deals: My top choice is probably Priceline.com—I’ve found some insanely cheap (beautiful hotels). Other sites I check are Expedia.com and the Hilton(for points). If you’re looking to avoid hotels and go the hostel route, I recommend Hostelworld (link below)—they have thousands of properties listed, as well as tons of ratings and reviews.
And there you have it–the best road trips in the world, according to travel bloggers. What’s on your road trip list?
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