For people who love to drive and travel, road trips are the perfect way to explore the world at your own leisure. Steer off the beaten path and visit the hidden gems of destinations adventuring through some of the most extraordinary scenic landscapes. We have put together a list of the top 10 road trips around the world just for you.
1. Great Ocean Road - Australia
One of the worlds most scenic coastal routes, Great Ocean Road stretches over 250 km from Toquay to Warrnambool.
The drive will take you through lush rain forests, tranquil beaches and over rugged cliff tops. Along the way look out for native wildlife and take a pit stop at one of the many seaside towns.
2. Ring Road - Iceland
The 1,332 km ring road runs around the circumference of Iceland and offers visitors an array of scenic sites and attractions. Around every turn visitors will be met with waterfalls, mountains, glaciers, geysers and hot springs. This road trip will provide you with endless photo opportunities and an unforgettable Nordic adventure.
3. Cabot Trail - Canada
The Cabot Trail is a winding road that measures 298 km and completes a loop around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island. This trip will take you from the majestic ocean to quaint fishing villages, exploring hiking trails and national parks along the way.
4. Garden Route - South Africa
Just over 200 km this road trip takes you from Mossel Bay to Storms River along the south-west coastline of South Africa. Landscapes along the way range from picturesque beaches to rolling hills with an endless list of outdoor activities to partake in throughout the journey.
5. Stelvio Pass - Italy
One of the worlds most exciting roads, Stelvio Pass is a road trip for adventure seekers. With some of the most breath taking alpine views in all of Europe, Italy's Stelvio Pass is 76 km of winding road. The 3,000 foot climb includes sharp turns and steep cliff side stretches, therefore should only be taken on by the experienced driver.
6. The Karakoram Highway - China to Pakistan
This 1,300 km road links Hasan Abdal, Pakistan to Kashgar, China, and was once an important Silk Road trading route. Known as the highest paved road in the world, the Karakoram Highway also travels through three of the greatest mountain ranges in the world. Enjoy incredible views of these colossal mountains from the comfort of your own car.
7. Ruta 40- Argentina
Ruta 40 is Argentina's longest highway at 5,194 km, crossing over 236 bridges and through 18 national parks. Connecting small villages with big cities this route has recently become popular with tourists all around the world. The highway also runs along the Andes mountains and covers a wide range of Argentina's countryside.
8. Transfăgărășan Road- Romania
Crossing the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, this challenging road provides many twists, turns, bridges and tunnels. The 90 km road reaches a maximum altitude of 2,024 meters, making it the second highest paved road in the country. The Transfăgărășan Road is closed during winter, so make sure you plan your road trip during the summer months.
9. Amalfi Coast- Italy
Located south of Naples between Sorrento and Salerno, the Amalfi Coast will provide you with a scenic, artistic and culinary road trip. Along the narrow roads scenic landscapes include rugged cliff sides, colorful villages and incredible panoramic views of the crystal clear waters.
10. Drâa Valley - Morocco
One of the greatest historic trade routes, today marks one of the greatest road trips. Discover the volcanic rock and breath taking landscapes across the 95 km road. Driving through the Sahara Desert you'll be met with camels and an array of cultural experiences.
There's no better way to experience America than an old fashioned road trip in a classic car or camper van. What better way to see the stunning landscapes than driving down the many road trip routes the USA has to offer. Each scenic drive offers something unique and is the perfect way to explore this incredible country.
Route 66 - Chicago to California
The most iconic route in all of America, Route 66 stretches over 2,500 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. This original highway is full of historic stops and quirky roadside attractions passing through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.
The Blue Ridge Parkway - Virginia
One of Americas most scenic drives, this route connects Shenandoah National Park, Virginia to the Great Smokey National Park, North Carolina. This 469 mile drive twists and turns through the incredible landscapes of the Appalachians. Autumn is the best time to drive this route when the leaves turn red and gold. With slow speed limits this road is to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace in order take in all the scenery.
Pacific Coast Highway - San Francisco - San Diego
This 653 mile route takes in some of the best and most remote coastal landscape in the country. Along the way you can stop at small seaside towns and explore stunning beaches. The route is best driven in Spring and Autumn to avoid the busy summer roads.
The Overseas Highway - Miami to Key West
The famous Overseas Highway hovers over the Atlantic Ocean crossing 42 bridges and covering 150 miles from Miami through the Florida Keys to Key West. Although the route is relatively short, this road trip is made substantial with a number of snorkeling and kayaking stops as well as opportunities for dolphin watching.
This road trip will lead you on a magnificent journey over the continental divide, through lush green forests alongside Lake MacDonald and down into the deep valleys with incredible waterfall views. This 50 mile road is the only one to span the Glacier National Park and road-trippers can start their journey from either Route 2 or Route 86.
Alaska Highway- Alaska
Starting in British Colombia this winding road travels through the Yukon Territory. The long trip lasts for around 1,459 miles, originally ending in Delta, however drivers can now continue on to Fairbanks. Along the drive expect to see an abundance of wildlife, incredible mountainous landscapes and wilderness like no other.
Downeast Maine- Maine Coastline
This 125 mile journey travels along the coast of Maine on Route 1 and tours through quaint fishing villages and rocky coastlines. The drive starts in Kittery and concludes near Lubec and offers an array of cultural experiences along the way. Don't forget to stop during your drive and try the incredible seafood including the famous Maine lobster.
Great River Road National Scenic Byway- Minnesota to New Orleans
This 3,000 mile drive travels the course of the Mississippi river and passes through 10 states. Along the way road trippers will encounter a number of river related attractions and an array of culture, cuisine, music and communities. This scenic route is designed to be driven over a period of time to allow visitors to explore as many cities as possible.
Hana Highway- Maui, Hawaii
The winding road stretches around the eastern side of Maui for over 60 miles crossing 59 bridges connecting Kahului to the town of Hana. With stunning beaches, lush vegetation and waterfalls along the way, be prepared to take many scenic pit stops.
Las Vegas Loop
This route will take you on a round trip from Las Vegas exploring the states of Utah and Arizona. Driving down the Las Vegas strip, through the open desert roads of Utah and wild west of Arizona, this trip will provide you with the most diverse scenery. It is best to avoid the summer months as the heat can be unbearably hot, especially driving down the empty desert roads.
In Ancient Greece, temples were the most important and widespread building. The purpose of these temples were primarily to be monuments to the gods, where religious statue or cult emblems are usually housed. Now many of these temples are in ruins but some remain as reminders of the beautiful architectural of the ancient world.
1. Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens
Known as the largest temple in Greece, but unfortunately only 16 of the once 104 grand column now remain of this gigantic temple. Construction of this temple began during the rule of the Athenian tyrants in the 6th century BC but was not completed until 638 years later during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD. The temple is located approximately 500 meters southeast of the Acropolis, in the center of Athens and is part of an important archaeological site, enclosed by Hadrian's Gate.
2. Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounio
The temple of Poseidon is located at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece and surrounded on three sides by the sea making it fitting for the God of the Sea. It was built over the ruins of another temple dating from the Archaic Period and now only some of the columns remain of the construction in approx. 440BC.
The name of this ancient Greek Temple is derived from a shrine dedicated to the Greek hero Erichthonius. Built between 421 and 407 BC by architect Mnesicles, this temple can be found on the northern side of the Acropolis of Athens. The temple is most famous for it's iconic southern porch which displays six sculpted female figures serving as architectural support.
4. Temple of Apollo Epicurius
One of the more remote temples in Greece, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius is hidden away on a mountain in Peloponnese near Bassae. But because of it's isolation the temple has stayed well preserved as it's one of the few temples that escaped being destroyed by war or reconverted into a Christian temple. As well as being remote the temple is also unusual in it's alignment of North to South as majority of Greek temples are aligned east to west. Currently the temple of Apollo Epicurius is covered in a tent in order to protect the ruins from the elements.
5. Temple of Hephaestus
This temple is the best-preserved Greek temple in the world but less known than it's more famous neighbors in Athens. The temple was built in the 5th century BC and was surrounded by many foundries and metalwork shops. These lend to the logical choice of the temple being dedicated to Hephaestus, god of metalworking and fire.
6. Temple of Aphaia, Aegina
The temple of Aphaia perched on top of a hill is unique in it is dedicated to the goddess Aphaea (or Aphaia) which is a deity almost exclusively worshipped on the island of Aegina. The temple was built in 480 BC, and today 25 of the original 32 Doric columns still remain. Though the goddess Aphaea was only a local deity associated with fertility and agriculture she quickly became identified with the goddess Athena under Athenian hegemony, and that is why some call it the temple of Athena Aphaia.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Greece and a visit to Athens is not complete without visiting this temple. The purpose of the Parthenon was to house a statue of Athena Parthenos made from ivory, silver and gold but sometime in the 5th century the statue was looted by one of the Roman Emperors. The Parthenon has gone through many changes over the years from it's constructions in 447 BC, replacing older temples that were destroyed by the Persians to serving as a fortress, a church, a mosque and as a powder magazine.
8. Tholos of Athena, Delphi
The Tholos of Athena is the first temple travellers who came by foot from the eastern road would come across as part of the famous Tholos of Delphi. It was constructed between 380 and 260 BC and comprises of Doric and Corinthian columns though only three of them remain fully intact today. Excavations have proved that at this spot may lay an older cult site, possibly dedicated to Gaia.
9. Temple of Hera, Olympia
The Temple of Hera was built in approximately 590 BC, but was destroyed by an earthquake in the early 4th century. As well as being dedicated to Hera, the queen of gods, the temple was also used to store items important to Greek culture as well as other offerings of the people, but today this is where the torch of the Olympic flame is lit every four years.
8. Temple of Apollo, Corinth
Halfway between Athens and Sparta, the ancient city of Corinth was once a powerful city state and was home to the Doric-style temple dedicated to Apollo. Though it is unknown when the temple was built, it is also clear that the temple has been remodeled over the years, and the temple which stands today is not architecturally identical to the one which was originally built.
1. Elafonisi Beach, Crete
Located in Elafonsi in Southwest Crete, Elafonisi Beach is truly spectacular. The striking pink and white sand and crystal clear waters makes this exotic beach perfect for swimmers of all ages. Life guards are always on duty and umbrellas are available to rent to stay cool in the Mediterranean sun.
2. Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Bay), Zakynthos
This secluded Beach is the highlight to any travelers trip to Zakynthos. Situated between limestone cliffs the beach is only accessible by boat. Visitors will be able to see the shipwreck ruins, perfect clear waters and even try giving BASE jumping a go from the cliffs above.
3. Mytros Beach, Kefalonia
Surrounded by steep mountains and tall cliffs Mytros Beach has been voted best beach in Greece 12 times. What looks like sand is actually bright white pebbles making this beach one of the most surprising in Greece. For those who enjoy the sun, Mytros Beach is the place to be as there is little to no shade, however umbrellas can be rented for a small fee.
4. Red Beach, Santorini
One of the most scenic and interesting beaches on the island, the red and black volcanic sand makes this beach one of the most photogenic sites. Enclosed by steep red hills and deep blue waters this scenery is unlike anywhere in the world. Although small and very crowded in peak season, this unique landscape is not to be missed.
5. Koukounaries Beach, Skiathos
Clear waters and soft sand surrounded by pine forests make Koukounaries Beach a popular destination for both tourists and locals. Swimming, boating and horse back riding are just a few of the activities for tourists to do. The beach also offers a number of dining options from casual meals on the beach to elegant resorts nearby.
6. Porto Katsiki, Lefkada
Porto Katsiki is listed as one of Europe's best beaches each year because of its fascinating landscapes and golden sand. Lush vegetation and abrupt white cliffs surround the stunning waters creating one of the most idyllic settings in the world. Umbrellas and sunbeds provide the perfect spot for sunbathing and relaxation.
7. Lindos Beach, Rhodes
Also referred to as Pallas Beach, this beach has more to offer than just sand and sea. Travelers can see a 4th century temple or visit the hillside settlement of Lindos, tasting the local cuisines and visiting authentic shops. Canoes and paddle boats are also popular and available to hire.
8. Elia Beach, Mykonos
Elia Beach is the longest in Mykonos and offers a wide range of bars, local restaurants and taverns. Water sports such as windsurfing, water skiing and parasailing are very popular among tourists. Rocky surroundings and deep waters also makes this a favorable spot for snorkeling and diving.
9. Stafilos Beach, Skopelos
The closest beach to Skopelos town and the most popular, Stafylos beach is in a beautiful pine bay and is a great place for swimming and snorkeling. One half of the beach offers a beach bar and sun beds for tourists to relax while the other remains completely unspoiled.
10. Balos Lagoon, Crete
Sandwiched between Crete and the small island of Imeri Gramvousa, Balos Lagoon is one of Crete's most beautiful beaches. The shallow warm waters and crisp white sand make this the most photographed beach in Greece. The lagoon is also a protected area and home to an array of flora and fauna.
Some times you need to take a break from the city and what better way to spend your weekend then taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings outside of the city limits. Check out the beautiful coastlines, stunning waterfalls and native bush that Auckland's region has to offer.
Rangitoto Island Summit Walk
One of the best and most famous walks in Auckland is climbing Rangitoto Island, one of 53 volcanoes which can be found in Auckland. The shorter and most popular route to the summit takes an hour but make sure to take the slight detour to check out the island's breathtaking lava caves. Once you reach the summit you're reward is spectacular 360-degree views reaching across the Hauraki Gulf.
Hunua Falls Track
Only a 45 minute drive from the city, this easy 3-4 hour walk takes you to beautiful waterfall and swimming holes. With it's beautiful lush bush surrounding this walk it become a popular track and great for a day out. There are also some smaller 30min tracks if you would prefer to spend the day picnicking.
Coast to Coast Walk
One of the few places in the world where you can walk from one ocean to another. This unique walk takes you from one coast of New Zealand to another, taking in many of the city's volcanoes, and traditional Maori sites and colonial history. But though the walk takes about five hours you will have plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch at one of the numerous cafes along the way as you walk changes from the city to suburbs and urban parks.
This walk may need a bit longer than a weekend to complete with options for 2, 3 or 4 days hiking option and some level of fitness. Open since 2010 it takes through the Waitakere Ranges and follows a variety of terrains and scenery. Stunning views include the rugged West Coast beaches, magnificent native bush including the hundreds of year old native Kauri Trees.
North Shore Coastal Walk
This walk begins at Long Bay Beach and weaves 23km through the beaches and suburbs all the way out to Devonport. Though the whole trail is 7 hours there is still plenty of places to stop for lunch or take a bus back if you only want to complete part of the walk. This is also a great one to do in summer with plenty of chances to take a swim at one of the sandy beaches along the way.
Tamaki Drive Walk
Take in the beauty of Auckland's stunning harbour with a stroll along Tamaki Drive. It is an easy 2 hour walk but leave time to take a detour up to Bastion Point or grab a coffee, or even a cheeky ice cream. It's also a chance to take in the lovely beaches of St Heliers, Kohimarama, and Mission Bay.