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There are so many breath-taking road trips that the world has to offer. From Route 66 to the Great Ocean Road, there are plenty of drives that may tickle your fancy. A road trip is the perfect way to wind-down, whether you have retired and are looking for adventure or just in need of some TLC. Here is our pick of the top bucket-list road trips that you need to try at least once in your lifetime.
As the name implies, the Great Ocean Road hugs the coast: namely, the south-eastern coast of Australia. The 150-mile road trip runs between Torquay and Allansford and passes a variety of awe-inspiring sites.
Road trip time: Two to four days
Fun fact: The Great Ocean Road is also the world’s largest war memorial, dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in WWI.
Route 66 is one the most famous roads in the United States and for good reason. Although the route no longer officially exists in its entirety, there are still large sections of it that are preserved, with signage guiding you through the “Historic Route 66”. This legendary road trip still has huge amounts to offer, so pack your bags, cross the pond and rent a convertible because this is not a road trip you want to miss.
The American road trip traditionally starts in Chicago and ends at Santa Monica, Los Angeles. It is recommended you take at least three weeks to fully enjoy this road trip, and so, naturally, there are endless sights to see. Here is a small selection of places you may like to visit along the way.
Road trip time: Three weeks
Fun fact: In 1928, a race was held on foot to promote Route 66. The race required the 300 competitors to run the 2400 mile stretch of Route 66, followed by an additional 1000 miles. The winner, Andy Payne, received a cash prize of $25,000, completing the race in 573 hours.
Take a tour around the Icelandic ring road and experience something truly majestic. The road trip takes a circular route around the entire country, starting in the highly populated Reykjavik area and moving through to the uninhabited highlands.
Road trip time: Seven days
Fun fact: The elusive Northern Lights can be spotted between September and March!
If you embark upon the Basque Circuit road trip, then you will enjoy the fruits of not one, but two countries. The Basque Circuit takes you on one of the most picturesque routes in Europe, starting in Bilbao and making its way up to France via the idyllic city of Pamplona.
Road trip time: Five to seven days
Fun fact: If you go on this road trip in early July, be sure to catch the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona!
Explore the stunning northern coast of Sardinia with a road trip across the Costa Smeralda. The route is dubbed the ‘Emerald Coast’ due to the strikingly green-tinted waters. The region is the epitome of decadence and luxury, attracting billionaires and celebrities from all over the world.
Road trip time: Two days (as far as road trips go, this is quite short, but there is plenty to see if you want to spend a week or two getting to know the region)
Fun fact: The Aga Khan fell in love with the Costa Smeralda region in the 1960s and committed himself to building it into a luxury region.
If you’re looking for a relaxing staycation, then why not tackle the 70-mile Atlantic Highway. The grandly named UK road trip runs from north Devon down to Cornwall, with plenty of pretty places to see on the way. If you want to explore the best of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall’s countryside, then this road trip is definitely for you.
Road trip time: Seven days
Fun fact: You can stop off in Port Isaac along the way to see the town where the hit series, Doc Martin, was filmed.