Top Ten Roadtrip Destinations - Where to Drive in 2016

With most types of travel, you often have to endure a tedious and tiring journey in order to get to your final destination. But on a roadtrip, the journey is your final destination, exploring captivating new places along the way and constantly experiencing the unknown.

So, dust off your driving licence – or make now the time you finally earn your stripes - grab your travel guide and map and set your sights on some of the world’s best roadtrip destinations ever.

Route 66 (Courtesy Pixabay)

1. Route 66, USA

Arguably the most famous roadtrip in the world, Route 66 runs from Illinois to California, goes through eight states, and covers a total of 2,448 miles. As you pass by the retro petrol stations and old school diners, it doesn’t take long to realise why Route 66 is intrinsically linked to America’s spirit and soul.

2. The N1, Iceland

From charming fjords and geothermal pools to steaming geysers and dramatic volcanoes, Iceland boasts a number of stunning natural attractions. Take a roadtrip along the 832-mile long N1 that circles the outskirts of the island and you can experience almost all of them first hand.

3. Great Ocean Road, Australia

Conceived to commemorate the fallen soldiers of the First World War, the Great Ocean Road is an archetypal Australian adventure. Along with the waves and wildlife, this 151-mile route also plays host to the Twelve Apostles limestone pillars.

4. Pan-American Highway, the Americas

The Pan-America Highway starts at the southernmost tip of Argentina and ends up in Alaska. In other words, it virtually goes from the Antarctic to the Arctic. At nearly 30,000 miles long, this is the world’s longest driving route too, only broken up in Panama by the Darién Gap.

5. North Coast 500, Scotland

As part of the North Highland Initiative to showcase the area, Scotland’s North Coast 500 route encompasses natural heritage, traditional food and drink, local arts and crafts as well as some spectacular scenery. It runs in a loop from Inverness to the Kyle of Lochalsh via John O’Groats.

6. The Garden Route, South Africa

On one side of the road you’ll bear witness to imposing mountains and lush vineyards, while on the other you are treated to rocky shores and sandy beaches. This 150-mile stretch runs along Africa’s southernmost tip and affords the opportunity to stop for bungee jumping, ostrich riding and cage diving with sharks.

7. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The extensive expanse of the Atacama Desert in South America is brown and barren for the most part. But things soon change when you reach Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. This perfectly flat landscape is the world’s largest salt lake, which turns into an infinite mirror immediately after rain and goes a blindingly bright white when dry.

8. Amalfi Coast, Italy

With its pastel-coloured villages and verdant mountainous landscapes, the Amalfi Coast has got to be Italy’s most scenic coastal route. That doesn’t mean to say it’s an easy drive though, thanks to the narrow and winding streets.

9. Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

Seeing as this route is just over five miles long, you know it must be something special. The Atlantic Ocean Road’s most incredibly sight is the Storseisundet Bridge, which arcs majestically over the water, where seals and whales can often be seen when the weather is calm.

10. The Flower Route, Netherlands

While awe-inspiring vistas dominate most roadtrip destinations, others are more quaint and enchanting. Take the Flower Route in the Netherlands for example, where brightly coloured tulips, narcissi, hyacinths, and dahlias form a pretty carpet on the plains.

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