There’s no doubt that a road trip is good for the soul. Nothing beats the feeling of you and an open road with your favourite playlist and the opportunity to travel at your own pace.
It’s even better when the scenery you’ll travel to is outstanding national parks, famous coastal roads and along some of the best roads in the world.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our top 5 road trips below:
1. Puglia, Italy
The sun-soaked heel of Italy is the perfect European road trip, and you’ll get to experience one of the most captivating regions in the country. This rural region is home to incredible architecture and delicious cuisine, ensuring you’ll never be short of things to do and experience. Roads here are mostly quiet and scenic, and will take you through some pretty villages, some of which are recognised as Italy’smost beautiful villages.’ As you cruise through the countryside, distinctive limestone houses and endless olive groves will create a backdrop to your getaway. A visit worth mentioning is the baroque city of Lecce, dubbed the Florence of the South, where you can head to Church of Santa Croce, an elaborate region of its namesake.
2. West Coast Parks, Canada
When the Rockies are a part of the route, it’s guaranteed you’ll have a trip-of-a-lifetime. Canada is built for road trips, making it an easy destination to drive around. Start in beautiful Vancouver, home to off-the-beaten-path activities and inspiring lookouts and parks.
- Okanagan Valley
- Glacier National Park
- Jasper National Park
- Yellowhead Pass
Top tip: Rather than a traffic jam, look out for “bear-jams” and the odd elk and moose! Don’t forget these are wild animals, so don’t get too close when you stop for a snapshot moment.
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3. Pacific Coast, Australia
This route of 1,000-km is packed with outstanding scenery, serene moments and the chance to reconnect with yourself. You’ll lead along the Gold Coast, which you guessed it, is full of golden beaches!
Australia is famed for many things, but the road trip might just take the top title. Opt for a campervan and really experience your journey in true-Australian style. It’s a legendary drive to be savoured.
What to expect:
- Swim with dolphins in Port Stephens
- Stunning wines in Hunter Valley
- Skydive over Byron Bay
- Memorable wildlife encounters
4. Garden Route, South Africa
This popular and scenic stretch of South Africa’s south-eastern coast gets its name from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation you’ll encounter. On the coastal parts, you’ll be greeted with excellent beaches, while inland you’ll meet picturesque lagoons and lakes.
You’ll find enough adventure activities along your route to fuel your adrenaline or opt for a more serene experience and simply connect back with nature. Visit the wine farms in Stellenbosch where you can tick some of the best winetasting off your list.
Bonus: It’s left-hand side drive just like in the UK!
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Arizona is a large state with a lot to do, so expect a busy trip (if you want it to be!). One of the main highlights is the chance to visit The Grand Canyon, arrive early in the morning to catch the sunrise over Horseshoe Bend when the crowds are light, providing a peaceful start to the day.
Sedona is worth a mention where the scenery makes your heart leap, nestled among a geological wonderland. It exists at an impossible intersection of soul-nourishing wilderness and pampered luxury - where monoliths cradle an array of spa, resorts and art galleries.
Flagstaff overflows with national parks and monuments, there are 7 within 10-80 miles! Walk on the wild side and summit peaks on this adventure.