The best road trips in the world. Get behind that wheel!
1. Route 66
What: Known as the Mother Road, Route 66 is the USA’s most famous highway and is best tackled on a Harley or in an open-top car. Begin in Chicago, Illinois and finish up in Santa Monica, California, for a journey that will take you past the Great Lakes, deserts, open plains and coastline. Stop at diners for creamy malt shakes and juicy hamburgers along the way.
Get more info at: national66.com
What: Most holiday packages to Cuba combine Havana and tourist-trap Varadero, but if you want to really get a real feel for the country, hire a car and visit time warp towns such as Trinidad, where you can stay with a local family in a Casa Particular. Take the A1 out of Havana, and finish at the pristine beach Playa Ancon.
Get more info at: cuba-junky.com
What: Discover pristine beaches and untouched countryside in Ireland’s tranquil southwest peninsula. Stop at Killarney National Park to marvel at its waterfall, and drop in at a friendly boozer on the way for a cheeky Guinness.
Get more info at: discoverireland.ie
What: Drive through the magical Scottish Highlands along the mythical Road to the Isles from Fort William to Mallaig. Expect towering mountains, wildlife, spectacular sunsets and first-class fish restaurants.
Get more info at: visitscotland.com
5. Basque Country
What: The picturesque coastal drive from Bilbao to San Sebastian is one of the best in Spain. Along the way see Mundaka, a legendary surf spot, and Sopelana, which has a tranquil nudist beach if you like getting your kit off.
Get more info at: spain-info
Words: Janine Kelso