Ten Best Road Trip Destinations In The World
The first things that come to your mind when you hear about ‘ROAD TRIP’ can be a scenic view, a playlist accompanying the atmosphere, a friend whose company makes all of it worth it or simply your thoughts of enlightenment. Isn’t it said that the road has answers to all the questions you are facing right now? We think it is true.
So why not take a road trip to places which fulfil your adventurous and dreamy destinations in your mind. Road trips are the best way to redefine the way one thinks with a visually satisfying experience.
Here are the world’s ten best road trip destinations for you to take that dive into your soul.
1. Ring Road, Iceland
A place like Iceland has only one route that encircles the country. All the charming places from Reykjavik to waterfalls and glaciers are part of this road trip.
Though you can complete this trip in 24 hours as per the record, why rush when you have time to see all that is beautiful. It is a 1330 km long road. Don’t freak out. We suggest you take seven to fourteen days to complete this trip. You can see the exquisite and famous Eden circle, which is a combination of Geysir, a national park called Thingvellir and some of the biggest waterfalls in the whole of Iceland.
Talking about the flowing waterfalls, which have been featured in many Hollywood movies, they can be walked around like the one in south Seljalandsfoss or visit them for bird-watching in the West fjords.
Travelling by car will be primarily feasible considering the highlands that will let you enjoy the serene scenes as well as chill in your car.
Best time to visit: Around Summers
Get yourself comfortable: Hotel Ranga in South Iceland.
2. The Atlantic Road, Norway
This ride might not be as mighty long as the previous one, but it is the best viewing of something so potent and beautiful. It is just 8 kilometres and if you don’t stop you will complete it in just 30 to 45 minutes. The curves around the Norwegian coastline will get your belly to jiggle and make it a fun ride for sure. Plus, the bridges and overpass inclinations are experienced with regular water storms making it quite intense.
If driving doesn’t get you that adrenaline rush, the oxytocin release is for sure when you see the setting sun, seals and whales swimming around the coasts and incredible species flying above you just as you drive. The dark Bremness cave in the Bremsneshatten Mountain is worthy of a visit. Also, try scuba-diving during winters.
Best time to visit: September to October
Stop for Snaps: A quick pit stop, the Askevågen viewpoint.
Grab a bite: Derin Garden inn Halåsen sells delicious syrups, jams, handmade cheese and yoghurt. The Bjartmarz Favorit Tiro tavern serves local bacalao (dried cod).
3. Manali to Leh
India has all kinds of climates and terrains, ranging from scorching deserts to icy snow regions. Manali to Leh is a breathtaking road trip as This road trip is off-the-chart stunning and needs to be experienced for yourself. The scenarios range from historically enriched monasteries, beautiful valleys, snow-covered mountains and landscapes that will leave you in awe. Mind well; there are deadly twists and turns. You can watch multiple vlogs as many YouTubers have documented their journeys. It is a distance of 478 kilometres. Plan to complete in 2 to 3 days.
Best time to visit: June to September
Stop for Snaps: Stopover at Keylong and again at Sarchu to relax and rejuvenate yourself.
4. Milford Road, New Zealand
This road trip mainly covers pathways around the South Island of New Zealand mountains, ranging from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Scenically blessed, you will also be able to see a variety of flora and fauna due to passing Fiordland National Park.
The distance is around 120 kilometres, and it will take 2 hours to complete this beautiful journey.
Best time to visit: Springs and Autumn
Stop for Snaps: Eglinton Valley and the Mirror Lakes.
The Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain gives an optical illusion that causes the advancing mountain to get more miniature rather than more substantial.
Grab a bite: The Cozy Blue Duck Café & Bar, at Sound Lodge in Milford Sound Village
5. Garden Route, South Africa
South Africa is known for its Garden Route as the best road trips in the world. We know that you are already convinced that the drive will let you pass through beautiful beaches and culturally enriched villages and cities. With many hiking trails, there is Tsitsikamma National park for a variety of wildlife. The marine beauty will make you keep looking at whales, dolphins and seals at Jukani Conservation Center.
It starts from Cape Town and ends in Port Elizabeth. With around 300 kilometres of distance to cover, this road trip is best enjoyed in 7 to 10 days.
Best time to visit: The month of November is excellent to see. The late spring season is preferable too.
Stop for Snaps: Hermanus is an excellent place to admire whales. Wilderness is the place for hiking trails. At Plettenberg Bay, enjoy some of the best beaches in South Africa.
Get yourself comfortable: Waterside Lodge. Turbine Hotel in Knysna Lagoon.
6. Adelaide to Darwin, Australia
It is a south to north journey in Australia with an introduction to classic Aussie scenery. As you travel, you will see the picture turning tropical. Several roadhouses and small towns offer meals, accommodation, and entertainment from Outback salt lakes, claypans and mountains to Coober Pedy, a mining capital of the world. You will see fantastic mountain ranges, gorges, and red rock formations. The distance is around 3000 kilometres. Plan a two-week itinerary for covering all sites. Take limited stops.
Take a detour to Litchfield National Park and the Breakaways( several movies have been shot here)
Best time to visit: May to September
Get yourself comfortable: Bitter Springs or Mataranka. Experience thermal pools. Curtin Springs. Wycliffe Well is Australia’s UFO capital, and you can watch the sunrise or set at the nearby Devils Marbles.
7. Route 66, USA
Route 66 is one of the iconic road trips in the world. Since 1926, it has been called the “Mother Road” as it connected the Americans from east to Americans in the west. It starts in Chicago and ends in California. You will pass by Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. It is approximately 3900 kilometres, and to cover all that is worth watching(which is there in every town you visit), we suggest a two-week plan for Route 66 road trip.
It’s highlighted in Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Plus, it has been part of countless cinemas and famous songs. Due to its historical interest, travellers experience vintage America with mid-century hotels and roadside attractions.
Best time to visit: It is available for everyone throughout the year, but still, Summers are preferred by many.
Stop for Snaps: Catoosa Whale. The Twin Arrows. The Arcadia Round Barn.
8. North Coast 500, Scotland
The North Coast 500 is Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66. On 800 kilometres of pristine coasts and highland landscapes, the NC500 has Scotland’s most beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, and iconic mountains. Fairytale castles and awe-full mountain roads, it is a complete Scottish experience. It will take a maximum week time to discover these destinations. If you are looking for thrills and chills, definitely go through the Bealach na Ba pass and take a leisurely hike at Loch Maree. for a boat trip in kayaks, reach the Summer Isles. Want a beach to get your feet to walk on the sands? Achmelvich Beach is your place. Want to see a castle-like the one in Rapunzel? Dunrobin Castle is one of Scotland’s largest castles.
Best time to visit: April, May, September, and October
Stop for Snaps: Laurence
9. Transfagarasan Road, Romania
The Transfăgărășan Road Trip is one of the most exciting road trips in Eastern Europe. In the 20th century (a bit of history reference), Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu built this road. If you are about to visit Transylvania, this one is a popular tourist attraction. Făgăraş Mountains are best for treks and an admirable part of the whole road trip. It’s a treat for every automotive fan.
It is around 150 kilometres, and after taking substantial time to discover all that is naturistically available, it will take you a day or two to complete this journey.
Instead of public transport, you can take a rented car or bike for this trip from Bucharest or Brașov. You will experience green forests with a flock of sheep.
Best time to visit: It is open only during the summer and early autumn.
Stop for Snaps: The ruins of Poenari Castle – the cruel inspiration for the famous Count Dracula. Bâlea Lake.
Get yourself comfortable: Hotel Posada Vidraru, Cabana Capra, Cabana Zimbru and Transfagarasan.
10. The Golden Triangle (Delhi–Agra–Jaipur)
India is a place that should be on your list of “Places to visit before you die”. The Golden Triangle is a great road trip plan as it will cover most of the parts of Northern India. You will get to see a variety of cultures bonded by the historical importance of those places. These are three major cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. It is the trio of cities to travel by two significant highways; one being the NH8 and the other being Yamuna Expressway.
The distance is 449 kilometres which you can cover in just seven nonstop hours. But take your time around this one. It takes around 2 to 3 days. There are exceptionally picturesque but more than that the ongoing Dhaba(roadside hotels). Shop for traditional Rajasthan clothes and jewellery at famous local bazaars like Tripoli Bazaar and Chandpole Bazar
Best time to visit: August to March
Stop for Snaps: Delhi (Jama Masjid and Mughal Red Fort), Agra (Taj Mahal and Agra Fort), Jaipur, the City Palace, Hawa Mahal and Amer Fort.
We urge you to take some good music and friends/family who vibe with you as we conclude this list. Let us know in the comments below how you liked the blog. We would like to know your experience if you have been on any of these road trips.