With the gas prices coming down, there cannot be a better time to plan your next road trip. But how do you decide on which one to take? We have compiled a list of 10 ultimate road trips to help you decide on your next exciting road trip behind the wheels!
PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY - SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN DIEGO
road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway along the spectacular Pacific is
the quintessential American road trip. A drive through this 1055
kilometers (655 miles) scenic highway makes you a witness to sweeping
beaches, stunning coastal
villages, untouched natural beauty and wine making districts.
Photo by David Iliff
It is recommend to do this from North
to South as you will be able to be able to see the ocean from the side of the road. Go
everywhere in between San Francisco and San Diego including Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the
National Parks. Do set aside 15 days at a minimum if you want to cover
GARDEN ROUTE - DURBAN TO CAPETOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
Extending from Mosel bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the
Eastern cape, this 300 kilometers (186 miles) scenic route has striking
coastline and exotic beaches on one side and vineyards and incredible
mountains on the other side. Along the way, you also get to witness some
amazing indigenous forests, golf courses by the coast and some of the
most protected marine and wildlife areas of South Africa.
Photo by Flickr
With such diverse range of things to do here, do plan for 5 days for
this route to also experience nature trails, hikes and scuba diving.
ROMANTIC ROAD - GERMANY
The 350 kilometers (220 miles) route between Fussen and Wurzburg in
Bavaria, Germany connects a number of picturesque towns and fairy tale
castles. A marketing gimmick post world war in the 1950s to boost the
tourism resulted in this old trade route in Bavaria to be named as
Rent a car for this drive and prefer to travel in late September or
early October so as to be able to attend Oktoberfest in Munich. Start
from Fussen with the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle and travel north
to Wurzburg. Other recommended pitstops are the walled towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber,
Dinkelsbuehl and Noerdlingen.
SOUTH ISLAND CIRCUIT - NEW ZEALAND
With vineyards, whales, adrenaline rush activities, rugged coastline,
seaside villages, glacier-cut fiords, national parks and Mount Cook, its
hard not to be awestruck driving through New Zealand's South Island circuit.
You can start from Christchurch and make a circle back either clockwise
or anti-clockwise. Do plan for 2 weeks to make the most of this driving
THE HIMALAYAN ROAD TRIP - LEH TO MANALI
Driving through one of the highest motorable roads of the world is
reason enough to go for this road trip. Snow clad mountains, colorful
monasteries, breathtaking scenery and the unpredictable weather makes
this one of the most thrilling road trips.
your trip in between June to September when the Rohtang Pass is open
and also the climate is better. Do plan on spending 7 days and take the
route from Leh to Manali for better acclimatization.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD - AUSTRALIA
Considered to be one of the most scenic coastal routes, this 243
kilometers (151 miles) stretch of road between the Torquay and
Allansford in Victoria is dedicated to the soldiers who died in
World War 1. Providing a diverse range of things to do from adventure
activities to cultural and arts heritage, the Great Ocean Road has something for
The limestone stack formation 12 apostles is the major attraction of
this road trip. The calm seaside towns, the Great Ocean Walk and the
rainforests are also recommended stops for this road trip. Plan on
spending 5 days on this amazing coastal drive.
WILD ATLANTIC WAY - IRELAND
This 2500 kilometers (1550 miles) wild
and culturally enriching coastal route is a tourism trail in the west
coast of Ireland. Experience the untamed west coast, stunning
countryside, ancient monuments, exotic islands and fascinating villages
in this ideal driving territory. With
157 marked 'Discovery Points' on this route, there is never a dull
moment in this road trip.
Plan to spend atleast a week on this
magical route to allow yourself plenty of time to get close to the spectacular
scenery and experience the innumerable activities here.
NORTH COAST 500 - SCOTLAND
officially promoted 500 miles
loop of scenic coastal route along the north coast of Scotland is
Scotland's answer to the iconic Route 66. It links spectacular natural
heritage, towering munros, fairy tale castles, exotic beaches and
impressive coastal and mountain scenery.
Plan on spending a minimum of 5 days to explore this extraordinary
route. Start at Inverness and choose the route and the style that best works
GOBI DESERT - MONGOLIA
If you are looking for an offbeat
adventure road trip, then this one is for you! Driving for hours every
day across vast stretches of sand dunes, caves, gorges and cliffs, this one
is not your regular road trip.
You get to drive in a cool looking
offbeat van and the best part of the trip is the experience to stay at the traditional
Ger camps with Mongolian nomads. The hike at the Gobi Desert National
Park is just one of the numerous reasons as to why you should do this
road trip once. A minimum of 1 week will do justice to this exciting
RING ROAD - ICELAND
The Ring Road encircles the entire island country and connects almost
all the major attractions in Iceland. Driving past active volcanoes,
stunning waterfalls, geothermal areas, sparkling rainbows, blue icebergs
and the northern lights, the Ring Road trip trip is an experience that
Do let us know which one of the above you are planning to take next! If you think we missed out on any exciting road trip or have any other suggestions, do drop in your comments below. Check out the EmptyShack 'road trip' travel clan to find a travel buddy for your next road trip.
You should plan for atleast a week for this drive considering you may be
getting down the car every 10 minutes to take a picture. Start from the
capital city of Reykjavik on this 1332 kilometers (828 miles) road of
adventures and surprises. The months of July and August will be the best
for the road trip as these months have the longest period of sunlight.