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Top 10 of the most beautiful road journeys in the world

Hitting the road with friends, family or a loved one has long been a favourite holiday choice. Road trips allow you to really experience the country that you are exploring by offering unrivalled opportunities to see the sights and meet the locals. Here is a run-down of our Top 10 of the most beautiful road journeys in the world (in no particular order)…

Amalfi Coast, Italy – one of the most stunning road trips in Europe

beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy

If eye-watering hair-pin bends and dramatic cliff edges are your thing then you really need to take a trip to Southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast has some of the best scenery in the world.  Hire a convertible to take on the 50km stretch of towering cliffs, pungent lemon groves, vineyards and whitewashed villas with sea views you are not likely to forget in a hurry. Make sure you include the gorgeous towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, dodging speeding vespers and fearless coach drivers on the way.

Historic Route 66, USA – the world-famous iconic road journey

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Arguably the most famous of all road trip destinations, Route 66 (or what is now left of what it used to be) winds its way through the Midwest and southwest of the USA from LA to Chicago. Choose your perfect road trip vehicle from the car hire place before you embark on your cross-country adventure. Expect dusty, deserted truck stops and the glaring neon signs of abundant roadside diners. Route 66 takes you on a journey from the golden sunshine and sands of LA, past the Grand Canyon, through Native American communities to the gritty streets of St Louis and Chicago.

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California Pacific Highway, USA

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This stretch of coastline between San Francisco and Big Sur runs past some of the US’s most spectacular scenery. The 123-mile route through central California takes road trippers on an exhilarating journey that encompasses coastal redwood forests, ocean cliffs and secluded coves all against the dazzling backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

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Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria

Grossglockner Alpine Road

This mountain road is only open for a few months of the year but it is worth taking the time to plan a visit. The road is merely 48 kilometres long but it weaves its way through 36 bends and reaches an altitude of 2,504m. Take your time on this drive through the Hohe Tauern National Park to Grossglockner – the highest mountain in Austria standing at 3,798m.

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne Australia

This 150-mile stretch of road along the southeast coast of Australia is a road-trippers dream. The road hugs the coastline of the southern ocean and traverses rainforests, beaches and dramatic cliff sides. There are a million places to stop off, enjoy the scenery and relax in the gorgeous Australian sunshine with highlights including the 12 Apostles and the infamous Bells Beach.

Seward Highway, Alaska

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This deserted highway offers little in the way of tourist spots or gas stations but the waterfalls, glaciers, ocean fjords and lakes more than make up for it. Starting in Anchorage, the road winds south for 127 miles to the harbour town of Seward. Take regular stops to look out for beluga whales swimming off the coast and to take snaps of the field upon field of wildflowers.

Leh-Manali Highway

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This road, which connects the Kashmir Region of India to the Himalayas, is another one that is only open for a couple of months a year. When the snow clears, this road can transport drivers across some of the highest mountain peaks in the world.

Garden Route, South Africa

Garden Route South Africa - beautiful road journeys

This route on the south-eastern coast of South Africa winds through forests, arty communities, wineries and mountains. Stop off at any one of the beautiful sandy beaches and enjoy the regions perfect climate. There are a number of hiking opportunities to make the most of and some truly spectacular coral reefs to explore if you need to cool off.

Queenstown to Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound fjords New Zealand

As you depart Queenstown you will wind around the gentle curves of Lake Wakatipu against the backdrop of aptly named mountain range, The Remarkables. Next you will be lead through peaceful farmland into the Mountains of Fiordland to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest of the South Islands many lakes. Finally, you will find yourself driving along the densely forested Milford Road leading to Milford Sound and the breath-taking Mitre Peak.

The French Riveria

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The long-time playground of the rich and the beautiful is also home to some of the best coastline in Europe. Views of the pristine blue waters and swish seaside towns are best taken in by car starting from Cassis and ending in Menton. Make sure you stop at the exclusive resorts of St.Tropez, Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo and don’t forget to also take advantage of the famous French Mediterranean nightlife and cafe culture on the way.

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Lee mostly spent his formative years as a junior Spielberg wannabe, devouring movies in front of a cinema screen, but then a “year out” after graduating turned into a not-too-shabby six years of working, travelling and volunteering across the globe and thus a change of career beckoned. Attempting to satisfy his curiosity and passion for discovery both at home and abroad, he became a concierge at a top London hotel and a member of the prestigious Les Clefs d’Or, whilst still finding time to visit over 60 countries. Although UK based, through travelling he's cannily found a way to combine all his passions - seeking out film locations, off-the-beaten track adventures and wildlife encounters with orangutans, whale sharks, gorillas and polar bears all while wearing an eternal smile on his face. He counts New Zealand, Tanzania, Denmark and Borneo among his favourite travel destinations. Follow Lee on Google+

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    lisa

    5 March, 2019 at 6:32 am

    waterfalls and short nature walks it’s also quite difficult to drive with all the slopes and a very narrow tunnel, especially with a campervan Pro tip: if you take the helicopter ride over the mountains you get a even better view

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    Lila

    6 November, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Wonderful photos. I’m a true believer of road trips and love them. I learn so much and meet people from all walks of life. The best education in the world.

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    Daniel from New Zealand

    20 March, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    The road Queenstown to Milford Sound will be closed after Snowfall during winter.
    While pretty scenic and with lots of stops for impressive Mountains, waterfalls and short nature walks it’s also quite difficult to drive with all the slopes and a very narrow tunnel, especially with a campervan.
    Pro tip: if you take the helicopter ride over the mountains you get a even better view 🙂

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    Lyka Ricks

    16 March, 2012 at 3:54 am

    How magnificent! Road trips are best if you enjoy sight-seeing. Its Nature’s Best! It’s a way long journey, time consuming , not that relaxing but the beautiful sights that you will experience is a different level of joy. I love that coastline road trip in Australia, how I wish to be there!

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    Ron | Active Planet Travels

    13 March, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    These are really some great recomendations for a road trip! My top pick off of this list would be that of Garden Route, South Africa…driving along such an exotic location would be awe inspiring not to mention the road side towns/villages along the way!

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    Julia

    13 March, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    So proud to see that three of these are in my lovely USA! But personally, I would be all about the Amalfi coast… pack a picnic of delicious Mediterranean food and be on my way!

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