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Windows down and music up; two essential ingredients for an epic road trip! And there’s no better way to explore than via the blistered stretches of tarmac which slather our planet.

Slicing through dramatic panoramas and bustling urban centres, roads get us from A to B. On a road trip though, it’s the journey itself that becomes the adventure; your end destinations are just the icing on the cake.

We’ve scoured the planet and selected five epic road trip destinations around the world, showcasing some of the very best road trips they have to offer. Sling your rucksack onto the backseat, fill up your tank and buckle up baby; you’re in for an unforgettable journey...

USA

The land of the free has to be the first on the list. From the burning hot deserts of the south to the chilly mountains of the north and a myriad of diversity in between, this country is as unique as they come.

The Mother Road, Route 66, Will Rogers Highway; whatever you want to call it, you know which road trip I’m talking about! Paving the way from California to Illinois, the route encompasses eight different states through some of the country’s most dramatic landscapes and iconic cities. Swing by ranches, be bowled over by the Grand Canyon, uncover the history of the trail at various Route 66 museums, see the Joshua Trees in California and slide into a booth at one of many classic American diners along the way.

For something a bit shorter, the Pacific Coast Highway is a true beaut!. Five hundred miles long, you can take in the best that California’s inspiring coastline has to offer from the urban sprawl of San Diego (named after Saint Diego, hey Anchorman fans?) to the Redwood National Park, where the world’s tallest trees can be found.    

There are many more inspiring drives to be tackled around the States, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia or the Columbia River Highway in Oregon.

Canada

Famed for its immensely vast areas of wilderness, Canada is a playground for nature lovers. Sure, the country has its fair share of cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Quebec, but the rest of the country has pretty much been left in Mother Nature’s capable hands.

Between the truly magnificent mountain ranges, unbelievable crystal blue lakes and the hidden treasures of thick forests, Canada will give you an insatiable hunger for natural beauty. You definitely need to plan for many, many picture stops on any journey you take here.

Drink in the gorgeous coastline with a 391km journey along the Fundy Coastal Drive in New Brunswick. Not only will you be in for spectacular scenery, you will also need to keep your eyes peeled for whales breaching in the ocean. When you stop to stretch your legs, uncover mudflats which are brimming with historic fossils. Perhaps most fascinating thing about this road trip though is that you will be able to see the highest tides in the world. The difference between high and low tide is extraordinary, and must be seen to be believed; Reversing Falls is the best place along this drive to witness it.

The Sea to Sky Highway is another journey you'll want to drive. Starting in Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver on the west coast, the tarmac will direct you to Pemberton in the mountainous interior of British Columbia. Sailing past the likes of iconic Whistler (which is the perfect opportunity to stop for fun on the slopes), as well as Brandywine Falls, this is the kind of journey that defines a road trip.

 


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