Worlds best road trips  World's best road trips

When you want to get off the grid, it’s easy to get caught up planning on your destination. However, your journey can be so much more than just getting from A-B. Hit the road with our list of the world’s best ever driving trips!

Route 66, USA
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  • Arguably one of the world’s most iconic road trips, this historic strip takes you through of America’s most quintessential pit stops. Spanning across eight states and three time zones, Route 66 was the first of its kind to run diagonally and connect the diverse terrain from Chicago to Los Angeles.  While it’s not a designated highway anymore, true fans of all things classically kitsch will adore the vintage motels, diners and gas stations the route has to offer.

    The Garden Route, South Africa
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    At just under 300km this jaw-dropping drive from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth takes you through some of South Africa’s most spectacular sights. Winding through coastal paths, ancient indigenous forests and majestic mountain ranges, the Garden Route's landscapes are as varying as they are stunning. Named after the dense vegetation dotting the region, the Garden Route’s picturesque trail also offer sightseers ample accommodation options and attractions.

    The Ring Road, Iceland
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    Perfect for the offbeat road tripper, Iceland’s Ring Road's is a great way to explore the island's eerie beauty and magical landscapes. Circling Iceland, the aptly named Ring Road takes you past ancient volcanoes, icy glaciers, thunderous waterfalls and landscapes straight out of Game of Thrones. To cap off a truly surreal experience be sure to hit Iceland’s otherworldly Blue Lagoon; a manmade geothermal spa that attracts about 700,000 tourists a year.

    Amalfi Coast, Italy
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    Driving the Amalfi Coast offers travellers an exhilarating, Bond-esque experience they’re unlikely to forget. While the drive’s hairpin turns and perilous cliff faces may not be for the faint hearted, the scenery will make up for the thrilling twists and turns. Dotting the glamorous landscape are the glittering coastal hubs of Positano and Amalfi; take pause in these seaside towns for a touch of 'la dolce vita.'

    Milford Road, New Zealand
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    New Zealand’s special brand of untouched, pristine beauty takes a whole new significance when you’re cruising its magnificent open roads. The road trip from South Island’s Te Anau to Milford Sound is set to be one of the world’s most scenic. The alpine drive has no shortage of breathtaking vantage points, from the striking sights of Fiordland National Park, all the way through to New Zealand’s world-renowned Milford Sound.

    The Great Ocean Road, Australia
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    As far as road trips go, they don’t come more captivating than the spectacular stretch of road right on Victoria’s coast. The route winds past towering cliff faces, tranquil ocean views and lush rainforest retreats. Arguably the pinnacle pit stop along the road is The Twelve Apostles, a natural formation of limestone stacks rising majestically from the ocean. Be sure to stop the car for a wander and keep an eye out for any koala sightings.

    Inspired to go road tripping abroad? Whether you're 4x4ing or convertible cruising, make sure you've got your car hire excess sorted before you hit the road!

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