The Best Road Trips around the Globe

By Nicole Brewer

Greetings globetrotters. Fall is quickly approaching and it is one of the best times of year to travel. I miss seeing fall foliage, since I’ve been enjoying this desert heat here in Oman. Now is a great time to travel either via plane, train or automobile to some beautiful destinations around the globe. However, you can get the most bang for your buck while taking in scenic routes on the road.

While there are plenty of car services like uber and lyft that provide convenient transport, one of the best ways to go is indeed still by car. Who doesn’t like having the wind blow through their hair while driving on a winding road? So go ahead and book a car for a weekend getaway and check out some of these amazing road trip options.

 

Australia’s Great Ocean Road

It is no mystery why I Loved Australia so much. A big part of this was due to seeing the most gorgeous sites while driving down the winding Great Ocean Road. From the Twelve Apostles limestone pillars at Port Campbell National Park to seeing penguins at Philip Island off the Victoria Coast, you will be blown away with the masterful sites that you see along the 151 mile route that goes past wild surf and stunning cascading waterfalls.

 

Myself enjoying the views at the Great Ocean Road in Australia.
Myself enjoying the views at the Great Ocean Road in Australia.

Scotland’s North Coast 500

Scotland’s North Coast 500 is a fairly new contender to the great road trips list. It opened just a few months ago and has been listed as one of the six top coastal road trips to take in the world. It covers over 500 miles of lush Scottish scenery and sites like the fairytale grand castle, Dunrobin and the Ardvreck castle ruins. Take a long weekend getaway trip to see the beauty that Scotland’s North Coast 500 road has to offer.

scotland

USA’s Route 66

Well you can’t have a great road trips list without including the famous Route 66 on it. Where else would you manage to get your kicks, but on Route 66. Spend a couple weeks of your vacation time crossing eight states, from Illinois to California spanning 2,448 miles long. Its chock full of old school American style diners, tourist shops and old school petro stations to take you back in time.

route 66

Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Now the next destination is one of my bucket list spots to hit Italy’s Amalfi Coast. I can not wait to see the amazing pastel colors of buildings tucked away in the villages and astounding green mountains. The route goes through areas like Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello. This world heritage site of Amalfi Coast should be on everyone’s list of roads to concur.

Amalfi Coast

Ireland’s Causeaway Coastal Road

The arch-shaped Causeway Coastal Road in Ireland spans a total of 130 miles between Belfast and Londonderry. I’m sure this northern Island destination would be tops of list for the Game of Thrones fans and we can see why with it’s beautiful green backdrop. Must see stops along this expansive coastal road include Ballintoy Harbor (used in the Game of Thrones as The Iron Islands) Belfast, Ballycastle and Carrick-a-Rede Bridge.

Ireland road

California State Route 1

 

Last but not least includes another American staple, the California State Route 1 road. This Pacific Coast highway is one fun, winding road that you should partake in if ever in the USA on the West coast. This 655 mile Californian road offers dramatic views of the ocean. The picturesque coast will leave you spellbound by its beauty and leave you wanting to stay in California to coast the road everyday.

california 1 road

  1. Maddy says

    All of these places look incredible. I so admire those who just take off and travel. I always want to in theory but am full of excuses – money, little kids, work, etc.

  2. Globe trot says

    You can totally do it if you want to Maddy. I’ve seen people travel with kids, maybe not as far away but you can make it work. Good luck!

  3. Valerie Robinson says

    Wow- these photos are dreamy! Perfect reminder that there is so much to see even right here in the U.S.!

  4. Mai T. says

    I’d love to drive pass all of these marvelous roads, especially Scotland’s North Coast 500.

  5. Shannon says

    I want to go to Route 66 one day that would be so awesome….All of these are so pretty and thank you for sharing with us.

  6. Jo Anne V says

    wow these trips sound awesome and so doable — thanks for sharing

  7. Miles Imhoff says

    Route 66 looks like so much fun. It was actually the movie Cars that inspired that desire in me.

    God bless,
    Miles

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