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.