The ultimate Road trip journeys take a lot of time, planning and energy but they are such an exciting way to travel, learn new things and experience the freedom of the open road. Road trips are an amazing way to get out and enjoy a new adventure, no matter where you are visiting.
All around the world, there are many places that make for a beautiful and educational road trip experiences. No matter where you choose to road trip around the world, get ready to feel the wind blowing through your hair and a sense of freedom you can’t imagine!
Great Road Trips Around the World
Route 66, USA
Route 66 in America is one of the most famous road trip routes in the entire world. If you want to see all the authenticity of the United States, this is a fantastic place to do it. From pop culture to arts, mountains and prairies, open, rural life to crowded city life, this route has it all. Route 66 was established in 1926, and runs from Chicago, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, down and across to Texas, then to New Mexico and Arizona, and ends in California. It covers a total of 2,448 miles.
The Overseas Highway, The Florida Keys, USA
In the US, you can drive over the sea on the Overseas Highway! You can literally drive over the sea in the Florida Keys. Here you will travel with a view of the beautiful Atlantic on your east side and the Gulf of Mexico on your west. This 160 mile route runs between Miami and Key West, and at one point you will drive over more than seven miles of water on what is known as the Seven Mile Bridge. If the thought of gliding over the water isn’t enough for you, imagine hitting tiny islands with amazing seafood shacks ready to sell you the fresh catch of the day, and then rolling into tiny islets populated mostly by deer. The scenery is breathtaking and not something you will find anywhere else.
Sea to Sky Highway, BC, Canada
Taking a road trip like no other in Canada needs to be on your list of things to do. Highway 99 in British Columbia, Canada is known as the Sea to Sky Highway, and runs through Vancouver, Coast, and Mountains, which will give you not only a variety of topography to see, but different climates to experience, too. This route is 254 miles, and includes a coastal rain forest, alpine lakes, whitecaps of towering mountain ranges, old logging camps, small, but unique towns, and the ski slopes.
South Island, New Zealand
Visit the youngest, most well-known countries in the world for a spectacular road trip adventure. New Zealand has some of the most breathtaking, majestic, and show-stopping views you will see anywhere, which is one reason it is so popular for movies. For example, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot there, and the scenery held true to what New Zealand has to offer visitors. South Island has mountains, streams, glens and quaint villages, which will all take your breath away at every twist and turn. If you want to experience exotic wildlife, glacial peaks, and national parks all in one trip, this is the place to go.
The Trail of King Arthur, Wales, UK
If you want some history and folklore with your road trip, this 212 mile trip is the route for you. As you make your way through it, you will follow King Arthur’s legend, see grand castles, take in beautiful scenery, and hear tales of Arthur, his knights, and the magician, Merlin. One stop along the way is the village of Monmouth, the home to the 12th-Century monk who wrote the book that brought life to the Arthur legend. You will also see Wye Valley and the Chepstow Castle, where Arthur and his knights are said to be sleeping, and visit Craig-y-Ddinas, an extensive system of caves where people have claimed to encounter Arthur’s ghost. Classic Welsh scenery of foggy moors, peaks on craggy mountains, and green, lush grass is everywhere.
More history than you can imagine awaits you on a road trip throughout Central Greece. You will see the battle grounds of Thermopylae, gravestones, ruins, amazing temples, the Corinth Canal, the gorgeous palace of Mycenae and the Peloponnese peninsula. The entire journey encompasses the plight of the Greeks and Spartans, Athenians and Romans, and helps you learn how all the cultures impacted the area.
No matter where you go in the world, there is something new for you to discover. A road trip provides the perfect avenue to explore a self-led journey, learn new things and even enjoy different cultures all while taking in the glory of the open road.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!