It doesn't matter whether you're sitting amid the high whine of an old Mini Cooper or feeling the swirl of acceleration from the bucket seat of a Bentley Bentayga V12, the open road is one of life's great levelers. From a morning's jaunt to clear out the cylinders to epic road trips of sun, sea and sand, here's a fast countdown of the best 7 road tours worldwide.
1. Wild Atlantic Way
Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
It's the longest Coastal Route in the World and Ireland has done an incredible job at marketing it as the best road trips on earth. The Wild Atlantic Way runs 2500 km up the Western Coast of Ireland. There are so many things to see and do on this route. Every day offers spectacular views of enormous sea cliffs, incredible beaches, and unique culture. This is a road trip that packs a huge punch in a short distance.
2. North Coast 500 - Scotland
North Coast 500 - Duncansby Head
It's Scotland's answer to America's Route 66. With legendary castles, extraordinary coastal scenery, and famous whisky distilleries lining the winding single track lanes, the North Coast 500 is the ultimate drive for travel lovers. At 500 miles long it is a touring route around Scotland's northern coast, starting in Inverness.
3. South Island - New Zealand
The Pancake Rocks are a must visit on a South Island Road Trip. The best way to see New Zealand is driving around independently. Travel the South Island two ways, on a bus with the Flying Kiwi which was affordable and a great way to see the highlights. Just follow the roads in a circle around the island to explore all there is to see and do. New Zealand has a diverse landscape in a very little area. You'll be mesmerized by the changing landscape before your eyes at each and every turn.
4. Amalfi Coast - Italy
The best road trip in Europe is the Amalfi Coast. Fall in love with that drive from Sorrento to Ravello. There is a reason this drive along the most stunning sea cliffs on earth has been used in so many movies. The towns and lookouts along the coast are something out of a fairytale. They are just gorgeous.
5. Great Ocean Road - Australia
Australia is an amazing country to take a driving tour. The Great Ocean Road is probably the most scenic road trip in the country. The route is more than 600km (400 miles) and drives along sea cliffs, jungles and out to amazing beaches. Some of the top beaches for surfing are located along this route.
If you can, get out and hike because that is where you really get to witness the spectacular coast.
6. Causeway Coast - Northern Ireland
Dark Hedges of Causeway Coast
Ireland is so amazing for driving, it actually has two epic road trips. The Causeway Coastal Route is filled with stop after stop of amazing sights and scenery. It's a much shorter route than the Wild Atlantic Way and it can be done in just a couple of days, but we recommend giving at least 4 days to explore this coast.
7. Ring Road - Iceland
Scenes from the Ring Road of Iceland
The Ring Road of Iceland circles the entire country offering drivers the chance to explore every nook and cranny. People normally drive the route in 10 days to 2 weeks, but to really explore Iceland properly you should take longer. You can camp or stay at hotels along the way. With magnificent glaciers, mountains, an untamed coastline and fascinating culture, The Iceland Ring Road is definitely one of the best road trips in the world.
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