There are countless places to consider if you’re dreaming about a road trip overseas. Let us help you narrow down your options with our top picks of routes, roads and highways around the world.
Driving Destinations of your Dreams
From cultural wonders to unforgettable scenery and historical attractions, these locations have plenty to offer any budding adventurer. And with everywhere from Europe to Asia on our list, you can escape to somewhere as close or far away as you like.
1. Furka Pass, Switzerland
Located about halfway between Lucerne and the Italian border, this pass is one of the highest roads in the Alps. James Bond fans might recognise it from the car chase in Goldfinger! If you like your thrills, this hairpin bend-filled road on scarily steep cliffs is a great option for a driving adventure.
2. The Romantic Road, Germany
More interested in exploring the cultural best of a country? This 220-mile route winds through Franconia wine country to the German Alps, visiting the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle and bustling Munich on the way. It makes for a sight-filled journey over a long weekend or a week’s holiday.
3. The Lakes, Italy
Where else in the world exudes tranquillity as much as the Italian Lakes? From Como to Maggiore and Garda, this region boasts picturesque villages and endless waters, set amongst snow-capped mountains. Don’t forget to look out for celebrities in this renowned part of Italy!
4. Verdon Gorge Circuit, France
Not for the faint-hearted, this road will take you on a trip as dramatic as it is beautiful. Set in Provence and featuring drops of up to 2,000 feet, highlights include the majestic Thoronet Abbey, and the village of Tourtour which has its own rampart defences. It’s a fantastic day trip with spiritual and historical undertones.
5. Route 66, USA
No driving destination list would be complete without the renowned Route 66. By far the longest road trip in this selection, its 2000 plus miles stretch from Chicago to Santa Monica across eight states! Explore endless insights into the variety of American life, history and landscapes – through museums, old-style diners, bizarre tourist attractions, traditional road food, breathtaking mountains and wild deserts.
6. Route One, Iceland
Iceland is known for its spectacular volcanoes, hot springs, lava fields, and more – and this road doesn’t disappoint. Experience 800 miles of this country’s fantastic extremes, in a route that circumnavigates the island. From coastal vistas to ash fields, this is an unmissable, week-long expedition for anyone eager to explore Iceland’s best.
7. Arthur’s Pass, New Zealand
Nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island, Arthur’s Pass presents a coast-to-coast drive that you won’t easily forget. Waterfalls, meadows, breathtaking mountains and even comical wildlife – in the form of Kea, the alpine parrot natives – mean that this road has it all. Make sure to visit the Otira Viaduct for arguably the best views.
8. Beartooth Highway, USA
Fear of heights? This next drive might not be for you. Dubbed one of the most scenic drives in the USA, this route in Montana and Wyoming reaches a massive 3,337 miles above sea level. You can usually only visit between May and October due to extreme weather conditions. However, you can expect to see glacial lakes, forest valleys, and an array of wildlife including moose, grizzly bears and wolves.
9. Mae Hong Son Loop, Thailand
Our next selection is one of northern Thailand’s most famous multi-day excursions. Starting and ending in Chiang Mai, you’ll pass caves and temples, and can climb the country’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon. Discover interesting towns, take in mountain and river scenery, and enjoy great food along the way.
10. Great Ocean Road, Australia
The Great Ocean Road truly lives up to its name. It winds along the south-west coast of Victoria, giving lucky drivers incredible views of this diverse region. Visit the 12 Apostles – the infamous limestone stack formations – spot wild koalas at Kennett River, zip past rainforests, and sample local tipples at one of the many wineries. This road is also the world’s largest war memorial, built by returned soldiers from World War I.
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