11 Best Road Trips in the World

Heading out on a road trip is a great way to spend time with friends, family and loved ones or to experience new things on your own. There are many great places to go and planning a road trip can be almost as much fun as living it. Some of the best road trip destinations can be found nestled within the mountainous regions of the world. These areas are often rich with history, natural beauty and diversity.

Road Trips have their own fan base. Nothing compare to the thrill of a road trip where you are the in-charge, guide and explorer.

Best Road Trips in the World

Here we will look at some of the top road trips in the world.

1. Glacier National Park, Montana, USA


America is made for road trips. The interstates and cities were all designed for cars. The scenery is constantly changing, dramatic, bold, rugged, silent, you’ll never get bored. Do not just fly between major cities on your visit, you’re missing out big time.

Commonly referred to as the American Alps, the mountains which make up this park provides a stunning environment for a nature based road trip. It would be hard to find an area in the United States that rivals the natural beauty or environmental diversity found here. It is home to the largest number of glaciers in the lower 48 states, some of which can be accessed via short, relatively easy trail hikes.

There are also dozens of large lakes, hundreds of small lakes, rivers, streams and miles of hiking trails to enjoy. The park is large enough and remote enough that you can experience true isolated backcountry camping at it's finest. For a more civilized stay there are numerous tent and RV campgrounds within the park and the surrounding areas. There are also several lodges and inns within the park.

Glacier National park is known for its snow-capped mountains and serene lakes. The park offers a number of fun activities to adventurers in summer and winter seasons. These include hiking, skiing, swimming, camping, whitewater rafting, and other fun activities. It is a perfect place for nature lovers to praise the natural beauty of the park. The park also offers dining and lodging facilitates to visitors.

Glacier has Going-to-the-Sun road. One of the biggest attractions in the park is Going-to-the-Sun Road which is only open from around the first of July until the first snow in the fall. This 50 mile long road crosses through the heart of the park and offers many stunning views along the way. This road is considered one of the most beautiful mountain drives in North America.

It's not for the faint of heart. If you have a severe fear of heights or a strong aversion to narrow mountain roads you can leave the car behind and take a shuttle from the ranger stations at either end. There is also the Red Bus Tours which allow you to enjoy the road in old school style inside a vintage 1930's bus.

There is also a lot to do in the areas surrounding the park. The Flathead River is a great place for white water rafting and there are several outfitters in the area where you can book a trip. The nearby town of Whitefish has a great western/artsy/mountain vibe with some great restaurants, bars and stores to visit.

Glacier National Park is home to the Rocky Mountains, some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery in the US. This remote location was described in the movie Forrest Gump as he recounted the experience of the beauty of the clear mountain lakes as he ran down the Going to the Sun Road.

The open road itself was built between 1921 and 1932 and traverses the park from Apgar village on the west end to St Mary's lake, where the Forrest Gump footage was shot, on the east side. Much of it is carved right out of the granite face of the mountains and it provides amazing views of the remote mountainous regions of the park. It is often referred to as the Alps of the United States.

Glacier National Park and the surrounding national forests make up a vast wilderness area that would take a lifetime to explore. In addition to traveling the Going to the Sun Road there are opportunities for boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking and whitewater rafting.

The neighboring town of Whitefish, MT is a great place to visit with a clean, welcoming native american town center and plenty of dining and entertainment options to choose from.

RVing here is easy. There are RV sites available on the east and west end of the parks, with the west side having the greatest selection and access to more local resources. There are also numerous campsites available in the park with Apgar Village being the largest area.

The incredible thing is this is a great jump off location for other amazing locations nearby while traveling America. You can choose to head over to the Pacific Northwest for vast stunning coastline and rainforest along the Columbia river, or you can head south to Yellowstone National Park for a look at the immense power of Old Faithful.

2. Astoria, Oregon, USA


It is a beautiful town. Just getting there is nice, you have to cross narrow roads between green forests with giant trees, or go through majestic bridges without being able to avoid remembering scenes from other movies. Enjoying the trip and not just the destination is one of the motto. So to see yourself in a vehicle and traveling around is an unforgettable experience.

Among things to do in Astoria, buildings such as the prison, the bowling alley, the history museum and of course, another of the emblematic locations took us to Cannon Beach. That coast is a natural spectacle, and those beaches of the Pacific are another story. Cannon Beach is part of a nature reserve.

Here you can walk through its forests facing the sea, see surfers on the waves or take a walk around the center of the town to eat and enjoy seeing the beautiful houses facing the ocean.

3. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA


Did you know Colorado is home to some really large sand dunes? That's right! Great Sand Dunes National Park is located in Southern Colorado. It is the perfect road trip destination to add to your trip! Check out everything you need to know, it may just inspire your next trip! The journey from the city of Denver takes about 4 hours because the dunes are about 384 km from this city.

The Great Sand Dune Park and Reserve is located in the south of the state of Colorado in the San Luis Valley. The largest dune rises to more than 750 feet. While atop the massive dunes, you can catch an entrancing view of the desert which stretches beyond what your eyes can see. You can also gaze on snow-capped mountains from here. The little cloudiness makes the days sunny and the nights full of stars.

If you visit this place near the new moon, we recommend you to stay and see the stars. The lack of clouds, the little light pollution (there are no big cities nearby) and the beautiful landscape will make this one of the best nights you can see in your life. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit.

4. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA


One of the most pleasant drives is I-29 down the eastern end of the Dakotas between the Canadian border and Sioux Falls. No major cities. Minimal traffic and scenery, but also not an entirely unpleasant landscape. High speed limits. Just fill up, set your cruise at 85, and relax.

They’re much more enjoyable than scenic mountain roads where the weather can change in a minute and the driver is too busy to enjoy the scenery, or those maddeningly interesting roads in major cities where, again, traffic never moves, and they often charge you for the privilege of driving there. South of Sioux Falls, the road runs into the Missouri River, which at least gives it some definition and curves the rest of the way to Kansas City.

Even North Dakota - often thought to be a place with nothing to see - has over 100 worthy stops on a road trip. North Dakota is one of the better places to take a road trip in the contiguous United States! I-90 between Rapid City, and Rochester is a relatively flat road that crosses the flat Great Plains like every other road between I-20 and I-94, but this one again has a slightly extraterrestrial feel due to elevation and the northern clime.

Also, by the time you get out of the Black Hills, you have the Badlands to look forward to, and then endless fun Wall Drug and Burma-Shave signs to entertain you for hours. Before you know it, you’re in Minnesota, and then it’s a short drive to run into the nicely forested and curvy Mississippi River and the woodlands of Wisconsin.

Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore has something to explore for everyone. The popular landmarks of the place are the statutes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln carved into the mountain. From the outdoor adventure and American history to an array of beautiful wildlife, it is a large-scale mountain sculpture visited by millions of people from all over the world.

5. East Coast, USA


On I–95 once you get into New Jersey what is at that point the NJ Turnpike, South Jersey from the bottom of the state to at least exit 9 is mostly all wooded, especially the area north of exit 4. There the road goes through a forest of tall trees on each side with no billboards or signage other than the highway signs. In the fall it’s incredibly beautiful.

Then when you get into New York, just north of NYC take the Hutchinson River Parkway (the Hutch) for a much prettier alternative to 95 which it runs parallel to. It’s a very pretty, wooded windy parkway which becomes the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut which is also very pretty (and even more wooded).

6. Pacific Coast Highway, USA


Taking Highway 101, is a scenic albeit slower route. If you’re planning on staying overnight while driving from San Diego to San Francisco, then you might as well take this option. San Luis Obispo is a great midpoint. Pretty much all of San Luis Obispo County is good. The city of San Luis Obispo is the best locale for an overnight stop in that county. It’s a college town with old architecture and cool shops and restaurants.

There are several smaller towns in the county that are good options as well. Pismo Beach is a great beach town, and other towns such as Avila Beach, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, and Atascadero are worth considering. Some of them might be a few miles off the main highway, but worth stopping in.

Aside from a more Spanish colonial feel around parts of Southern California and parts of the Bay Area, and the Mexican influence around SoCal, there is more uniformity to the 3 states that make up the West Coast. While there are certainly differences between Seattle and Portland, and even Washington and Oregon, it's nothing like the difference between Maine and South Carolina or Boston and Jacksonville.

The West Coast is slower paced, less crowded. But it counterbalances the East Coast with Hollywood and the Bay Area, the movie and tech capitals, both of which are in California giving the state a cultural heft rivaled by no other. Seattle is also a major tech hub and an information center. Also, the West Coast, from Seattle to San Diego has a spectacular coast line. The Pacific Northwest is beyond gorgeous and has bigger mountains.

7. Blue Ridge Parkway, USA


Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in USA and one of the best road trip destinations. You can go on a road trip of 470 miles through the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia. You can get incredibly close to the grandiose natural scenery from the comfort of your vehicle. This is one of the best national parks in USA.

8. Icefields Parkway, Canada


The road runs between, over and among mountain ridges for close to 300 kilometres. Not far north of Glacier National Park in the Canadian Rockies lies the town of Banff. This is a quintessential mountain town located within Banff National Park a natural attraction known worldwide. In town you'll find great restaurants, boutiques and shopping mixed among the many mountain style hotels and lodges.

The national park grounds surrounding Banff are home to a lot of wildlife including Grizzly Bears, Elk and Moose. Like most national parks, it is an outdoorsy person's paradise with great opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. In fact, Banff is the starting point of the Tour Divide Mountain Bike race each June where riders race unassisted 2745 miles along the Continental Divide to the US/Mexico Boarder at Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

At the Icefields Parkway you turn left or right at Jasper for further adventure. Now that's a road trip!

9. Nordkapp, Norway


During a road trip in Norway you will come across the most beautiful natural sights anywhere on your travels. The Skipsfjorden bay is undoubtedly one of the favorites. In the beautiful Seibukta Bay there is a parking lot next to the E69 road from which the snow is removed during the winter. There you can observe the aurora in an environment full of peace.

Tufjorden fjord, on the coast of the island of Magerøya is a viewpoint on the way to the North Cape. The unaltered landscape allows to take time-lapse without interruptions. In Honningsvåg the electric lighting is so scarce that a dim corner is enough to admire the northern lights as much as possible. Around the North Cape you can also find small towns and places like Kåfjord, Repvåg, Skarsvåg, Nordvågen, Kjelvik, Valan, Gjesvær or Kamøyvær.

If you are fortunate enough, you will surely see the Northern Lights and the memory if going to live with you forever. Hotels are expensive. Campground cabins are more reasonable but will still add up. The cheapest way to stay is to bring your tent and camping gear. A spot in a campground with bathrooms, shower facilities, and often a kitchen will run you $20-$25.

If you really want to rough it, you can literally camp out in the woods for zero kroners, as long as you don’t need a hot shower in the morning and you follow a few simple rules. Bring a cold-rated sleeping bag and a proper pad. It gets cold at night, and the ground can suck the heat out of you. Do not eat out. For the love of Freya, do not rely on eating out.

Even junk food is expensive. Bring basic camping cookware and get groceries at the local Kiwi or Rema 1000 like everyone else. If you’re out by the ocean, you’re free to fish your own dinner and lunch, no fishing permit or license required.

10. The Romantic Road, Germany


The Romantic Road is a "theme route" devised by promotion-minded travel agents in the 1950s. All along its 220 miles (354 kilometers), flowers spill from the balconies of timbered homes, rolling vineyards bask in the sun, and lake-studded countryside sparkles against the grand Alps.

To travel these winding lanes is to experience a manifestation of sentimental scenery. You absolutely need to visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany's best-preserved walled town.

11. Mumbai-Goa, India


This route starts from Alibag to dapoli and all the way goes through west coast of India. You might be knowing about raining in Konkan, its too much.. so can’t expect nice roads here but those are good to ride. The feel you get while riding near coast and beautiful small beaches you cross in a dim sunset, its great.

The coastal route from Diveagar beach to Harihareshwar is best time in all route. Its all around 20 kms you are following the Sea. Another feel good factor here is the ferry rides, you will get 2 ferry rides in this route where you have to carry your bikes/cars in ferry boat from one shore to another due to gulf area and its nice thing to experience. And last but not the least, tasty Konkan food.

There are some other countries too where you can see Northern Lights, one of the famous destination is Iceland. You can also visit Iceland because the chances of Northern lights in Iceland are high as also you can see Northern Lights in Sweden.

Of course, when your vehicle doubles as a home, there are many other great places to go. The destinations are endless. Places like Estes Park, CO, Seattle, WA, The Austrian Alps, Central Spain, and the many mountain villages of western France. With so many great places to visit, choosing one may seem difficult. Just remember that the destination is less important than the experience, so get out there and experience as much as you can.
Kalyan Panja

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