The Best Destinations For A Road Trip: Expert Round-up
The team at YourParkingSpace.co.uk asked 10 travel experts what is their favorite destination for a Road Trip, and why it’s so great.
As you can see below, their answers are really interesting. Are you ready to drive to these destinations and live the adventure of a lifetime? We sure are!
Without further ado, here are their top 10 destinations:
#1 A Road Trip Around Scotland
Scotland is my favourite destination for a road trip because the natural beauty is incredible. Every corner of the country offers stunning scenery and breathtaking vistas - from the dramatic peaks of Glencoe to the other-worldly landscapes of Skye and the wild beaches of the Outer Hebrides. Plus, it's one of the few places where you can escape the crowds and truly get away from it all.
- Ashley Nitransky, Ashleywanders.com
#2 A Drive Down The Mississippi Gulf Coast
The Mississippi Gulf Coast has so much to offer both visitors and locals alike. The region’s temperate climate, along with its astounding natural beauty, makes for the perfect year-round destination. There is an incredible amount to do, see and experience across the Mississippi Gulf Coast: from outdoor activities, such as kayaking, boating, fishing and hiking, to a wide variety of festivals, attractions and museums. When it comes to food, this is the place to be! From quaint coastal seafood spots to fine dining, we’ve got it all. In short, the Mississippi Gulf Coast checks all the boxes: great food, great weather, great prices, great people, and a great way of life!
Anna Roy, Public/Media Relations Manager, Gulfcoast.org
#3 A Drive Down The Iconic Highway 1
As a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area there can only be one answer to that question: a drive down the iconic Highway 1. It almost doesn’t matter where you go, it is always gorgeous. Two of my favorites are: crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco northwards, stopping by Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore and continuing on along the rugged coast towards Mendecino. The second route starts
in Santa Cruz and goes south by Monterey, Big Sur and San Luis Obispo. If you keep going you’ll end up in LA. Before you take off: check the road conditions, the narrow Highway can be closed at times because of flooding, mud-slides – but the drive is worth every mile!
Tina Baumgartner, Sabbaticalplanner.com
#4 A Road Trip Around The Croatian Island Of Hvar
Most people know Hvar for its summer party scene, but the country’s sunniest island is perfect for a day or two of driving around — a convertible or scooter is a must. Rent your car in Hvar’s old town, then set out toward Stari Grad. Along the way, you’ll see ruins and lavender fields and expansive sea views. Detour for lunch in the little town of Vbroksa, famous for its wood oven-fired pizza. Or pull over at one of the many beaches and coves. Dubovica Beach, just outside Hvar, is a pebbly, mellow spot only accessible via boat or a steep climb down a rocky hill — well worth it for the views!
Molly Fergus, General Manager, Tripsavvy.com
#5 A Drive Down The Great Ocean Road In Victoria, Australia
My favorite destination for a road trip is the amazing Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. It is undeniably one of the most beautiful scenic coastal drives in the world. Starting in Torquay, you get to see graceful rolling hills, serene pastures along the way leading to the majestic ocean on one side and awe-inspiring scenery including national parks on the other side. With many scenic attractions like the stunning Bell's beach, gorgeous waterfalls in Great Otway National Park, towering Airey's Inlet Lighthouse, penguin parade in Phillip Island and the magical Twelve Apostles at the Port Campbell National Park and many more must-visit spots along the way, the Great Ocean Road drive is a road trip that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
Priyadarshini Rajendran, Glorioussunrise.com
#6 A Road Trip Around The Northern Coast Of Ireland
The northern coast of Ireland (Northern Ireland and the County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland) makes one of the world's great road trips. The highlight is the other-worldy Giant's Causeway - a strange rock formation recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But visitors can take the Dark Hedges (popular from Game of Thrones), castles, tiny harbors, pre-historic stone formations, and the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Along the way, you can enjoy the finest Irish whisky and the freshest seafood anywhere. As a bonus, the roads are wide, signage is excellent, and the parking is plentiful.
Laura Longwell, Traveladdicts.net
#7 A Road Trip Around Oman
Oman isn't the typical tourist destination for a road trip, but it can offer so many things to do and see. It is a very safe country with very friendly people and with good quality roads. Driving is very easy and we were very many times invited for dinner with locals. Camping is possible anywhere for free and drinking water is available next to every mosque for free too. All these aspects make Oman an ideal destination for a road trip.
Tomas Novak, Etabroad.com
#8 A Road Trip Around The Icefields Parkway In Alberta, Canada
One of my favourite road trips in the world is the Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada. The scenery is absolutely stunning - soaring snow-capped mountains, emerald-blue lakes, majestic glaciers, picturesque waterfalls, and wildlife such as grizzly bears. I just couldn’t get enough of this location.
Josh Bender, Travelwithbender.com
#9 A Road Trip Around Death Valley National Park In The USA
My favourite destination for a road trip is Death Valley National Park in America. It feels like you're driving on the surface of Mars. Death Valley is literally the hottest place on Earth, so it's best to visit during the winter months before temperatures get unbearable. I visited in February and the rental car still had a little trouble with the heat. You can't even use your air conditioning at some points to avoid over heating the car. BUT, the wild landscape, the salt flats, the coyotes and road runners and the fighter jets practicing maneuvers overhead make Death Valley an incredible road trip destination. You can camp, or stay in golf resorts. You can visit old forgotten ghost towns. You can drive through the brilliant colours of "Artist's Palette". I was lucky enough to be there during the floral bloom that only happens once every 10 years. I really can't recommend Death Valley enough. It should be on everyone's bucket list.
Tara Povey, Whereistara.com
#10 A Drive Down the Pacific Coast Highway
I would like to suggest the Pacific Coast Highway, specifically the stretch running from San Francisco to San Diego. Along this stretch, you will find plenty of amazing scenery – including cliffs that fall dramatically unto the sea – and other natural lookout points. What’s more, there are a number of good stops to make that are well distributed along this stretch. Monterey for its aquarium and historic cannery row, Santa Cruz for its beach boardwalk, Half Moon Bay for stunning coastal scenery and San Simeon for the enigmatic Hearst Castle. In between, you’ll also drive by big cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego so there’s also no shortage of urban indulgences if the need comes up.
Bino Chua, editor, Iwandered.net
#11 A Drive Around The Scottish Highlands
When it comes to roadtrip destinations, I think the Scottish Highlands always take the biscuit. Undoubtedly, the highland landscape offers the perfect roadtrippin’ destination - awash with breathtaking scenery, beachy hotspots and natural attractions. For some real escapism, we recommend the ‘Road to Applecross’. Positioned between the mainland mountain masses of the North West of Scotland and the picturesque Isle of Skye, the Applecross Peninsula or 'Chomraich’, as it’s refereed to in Scottish Gaelic, directly translates as ‘The Sanctuary’. Take the striking coast from Shielding or the rural, single track road through the mountain ranges of Bealach na Ba to arrive in Applecross and indulge in the views of Rassay and Skye.
Casey Shaw, Manwants.co.uk
#12 A Drive Around Cyprus
Cyprus is a fantastic place to drive, both because there’s beautiful scenery and because Cypriots drive on the same side as we do in the UK, making things easier! If you’re the type of traveller who gets bored laying on the beach, hire a car and explore the impressive Troodos Mountain region. Be sure to stop in charming Omodos for lunch and a walk around the village’s serene cobbled streets! The coast road around Aphrodite’s Rock is particularly picturesque and there are drive-in viewing spots for the best view of the iconic rocks.
Dannielle Noonan, While I'm Young
#13 A Drive Around The Emerald Isle
I think Ireland makes a fantastic road trip destination in Europe. It's small enough that you could do the entire country in two weeks, although I recommend longer to dive deep. It's full of cultural fun - plenty of craic with Irish dancing, music, mysticism and guinness - and the landscape is just stunning. From castles, to giant's causeways, rolling hills, mountains and stunning coastlines you can't go wrong with the Emerald Isle!
Caroline & Craig Makepeace, ytravelblog.com
#14 A Drive Around the Loire Valley of France
A road trip through this picturesque region in the west of France is ideal for travellers wanting to see beyond the country's often crowded destinations. As you drive along the Loire River from Nantes to Blois, you'll pass hundreds of beautiful vineyards and castles in a countryside setting that resembles a fairy tale. We love that you can easily break up the drive with a castle visit, wine tasting, bike ride or even a magical hot air balloon ride.
Wesley & Felicia, Feather & The Wind
#15 A Road Trip Around Sardinia
Sardinia is an amazing road trip destination. It has everything you could ever ask for in a holiday: endless outdoor activities, Neolithic ruins, local farms and food, and turquoise waters. Navigate the main roads of the island with an old-school paper map and you'll find yourself driving through limestone cliffs to viewpoints over the bright blue Mediterranean. Pack a picnic of local fruits, cheeses, and crusty bread and be the only ones for miles munching in the shade on the side of the road.
Michelle Vogel, mishvoinmotion
#16 A Road Trip Around the Czech Republic
In September 2016, we took a 3-week road trip around the Czech Republic. Our itinerary focused on UNESCO world heritage sites and areas of photographic interest. Our drive took us by Holasovice, preserved houses from the 1800s then on to our favourite destination in Czechia, Cesky Krumlov. Arriving during St. Wenceslas Festival (September 25th), we took part in many cultural activities while photographing the city’s stunning beauty. We found it more pleasant than its large northern neighbour, Prague.
Dan & Linda, As We Saw It
#17 The Channel island of Jersey is a sight to see!
The Channel Island of Jersey is a great place to road trip around for a few reasons. Firstly although it is small- just 5 miles long, it is packed with beautiful sights and things to do. From beaches and Water Activities to War Tunnels and a Zoo, Jersey has a lot to offer. Due to the island being so small each journey is only about 20 minutes meaning you do not spend that long in the car but to really see Jersey a car is definitely needed. Another reason it's great to drive around is because it's so small, the amount you spend on petrol is very very small too! I've visited Jersey twice and hope to go back again this summer as I love it!'
#18 Over Compton Down, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight’s roads are generally quite wiggly and slow, but there are a couple of jawdropping stretches which are top of my list. My favourite goes from Chale to Freshwater Bay, hugging the coastline and offering a sea view for most of the journey. The highlight is the final section where you climb up a hill just past Compton Bay. The view behind you over the cliffs at the top is glorious on a sunny day. You then descend down into Freshwater Bay with Tennyson Down straight ahead and the site of the famous Isle of Wight Festival of 1970 just over the other side on the hill.
Robbie Lane, Isle of Wight Guru