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.  
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World's best road trips - Cuba

2. Cuba

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.
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World's best road trips - Ireland

3. Ireland

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.
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World's best road trips - Scotland

4. Scotland

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.
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World's best road trips - Basque Country

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.
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Words: Janine Kelso