If you are the kind of person that loves camping and outdoors adventures, then choosing a trip where you can incorporate both of them means you will have a great time. A road trip means that you get to see a lot at once, but you can plan your route to make the most of your time, and do the things that you will enjoy the most. Not only that, but you can camp, sleep in your car, or book accommodation along the way, depending on the kind of trp that you want to have (and the kind of budget that allows it).
In fact, you could also look to hire or buy something like an off road camper trailer to take with you on your road trip, so that you have a separate space from your car to rest in, but you don’t have to set up anything like a tent. There are a range of options so it is all about finding something that is going to suit you the best.
Where to go on a road trip, though? There are some amazing routes, all around the world, So here are some of the top picks of road trip destinations, whether you are looking for a weekend trip, a day trip, or an epic week-long excursion. Which would you choose?
Cabot Trail, Canada
If you are looking for a great road trip route, that is in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada (Nova Scotia), then the Cabot Trail is the choice for you. The route that you would drive takes you through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, which is truly stunning. It is a National Park that is home to wonderful creatures like bald eagles, Canadian moose, and even black bears! It is a route that is great if you like to stop off and hike, and you can also take our time to enjoy the route, exploring a range of small villages that all have a strong French and Scottish influence, hence the Nova Scotia connection.
The Garden Route, South Africa
For a lush coastal path, with amazing views and trails, then heading to South Africa is a good idea. The route takes you between the Mossel Bay and the Storms River Mouth. For anyone that has never been to South Africa it is a good way to be introduced into the country, as there will be so much that you will and enjoy that sums up South Africa. As you drive you will be able to see the mountains and the vineyards on one side as you drive, with the coastline stretching alongside on the other side, with sandy beaches and some rocky shores. It is a really beautiful, as well as dramatic trail route, and as well as driving, it can be fun to get out and walk, as well as something like a motorcycle.
Columbia River Gorge, USA
If you are heading out to the USA, then heading out to the Columbia River Gorge, which is just east of Portland in Oregon. The road winds all around the Columbia River Gorge, as you might imagine, and it is really a beautiful route. It isn’t too long for a road trial, at 112km long in total, so it makes a good choice for a route that will only take a couple of days, but still allows you to make the most of your time on this route. The river itself is the second-longest river in the US, with some amazing, and quite dramatic waterfalls to enjoy.
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
If off-roading is something that you prefer, then you can enjoy a lot of off-roading in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. There are miles and miles of nothing, all stretched out around you. It is a location that is really remote and quite rugged, but if that is what you are looking for then it is a dream destination. There are some amazing sand dunes near the Khongoryn Els. If you want to do something outside of the car, then some of the best things to do in the region are exploring the area by foot or by camelback, spending nights stargazing and camping.
Costa Smeralda, Sardinia
Sardinia is one of the most beautiful small Italian islands. If you want to enjoy a road trip out there, then along the northern coast, you can take in the Costa Smeralda, which is often nicknamed the Emerald Coast because of the stunning emerald and turquoise waters. The road trip area covers the island’s famous resort area, which is famous for being really luxurious. The best times to visit are in late spring or in the early months of autumn if you are hoping to get the best weather, quieter locations and roads, and having uncrowded beaches.
Iceland’s ring road
Iceland is a location that is really beautiful, but being a place that is relatively flat (with some volcanoes thrown in there), then you enjoy the large ring road that goes around the whole of the country. It means that you can take in all of the beauty that Iceland has to offer, with the really stunning scenery. You can drive past the valleys, lava fields, and the snow-tipped mountains. You can also take in the brightly coloured fjords, and even some craters from volcanoes. The landscape can feel somewhat brutal, but there is beauty in it all the same. If open land is your thing, with scenery to take in, rather than an abundance of things to do, then getting out on an Icelandic road trip will work well.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to road trips around the world, but as you can see, there is a big range to choose from. The key to a good road trip is to make sure that you have a vehicle that will stand up to the terrain, as well as be comfortable for you. If you’ll be in Iceland, for example, then a vehicle that will be able to take some off-road terrain, as well as deal with snow and ice, is a must.
6 of the Best Road Trip Routes Around the World