Exploring the world by road is one of the best ways to travel, as often the journey is more memorable than the final destination. Experiencing the ups and downs of travel with a group of friends in the cose confines of a vehicle brings everyone together and forms bonds other types of travel doesn’t. Deciding to embark on a road trip is easy, but with the furthest reaches of the world becoming more accessible, the hardest part of planning a trip is deciding where to go first.
Route 1, Iceland:
Also known as the country’s ring road, Iceland’s Route 1 circles almost the entire island. The ,322-killometer stretch of tarmac starts in Reyjavik and connected nearly all of the Nordic country’s inhabited areas while passing through some of the island’s most stunning scenery along the way.
As one of the world’s most beautiful drives, Route 1 takes road trippers past lava fields, mountains and glaciers. Iceland’s volcanic landscape is notoriously wild and rugged, but travelers can see it in style, behind the wheel of their car or van.
The Karakoram Highway, China, India, Pakistan:
The Karakoram Highway is a mainstay of road tripper bucket lists everywhere. It’s the highest international paved road in the world and links China and Pakistan via the Karakoram mountain range from which it travels, but it is also home to many pieces of rock art along its route which date back hundreds of years.
The Karakoram Highway is well known as a grueling challenge for cyclists and is also home to the highest border crossing in the world.Travelers making the journey by car still may need time to adjust to the altitude of this truly road trip.
Route 61, USA:
Route 61, while not as famous as its counterpart Route 66, is a must-see for music lovers as well as more traditional travelers. The 2,300-kilometer highway runs between Wyoming, Minnesota and New Orleans, Louisiana, following the mighty Mississsippi River along the way.
Route 61 is perfect for road trippers with a love of music and a good time. Also known as the Blues Highway, it passes through the blues capital of Memphis on its way south and ends in the party town of New Orleans.
The Pan-American Highway:
The Pan-American Highway is the longest driving route in the world. Stretching from the southern-most tip of South America all the way to the northern US state of Alaska, this road trip is not for the faint heated or having less time to spare. Passing through many different countries and ecosystems, the experience of driving the Pan-Am is as varied and diverse as the landscape itself.
However, the Pan-American Highway isn’t between Panama and Colombia necessitates the use of a boat to travel between the two countries. Boat or no boat, the Pan-American Highway is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest Journeys.
Skeleton Coast, Namibia:
The Skeleton Coast’s name is not even the coolest thing about it. The coast, namd after the large number of historic shipwrecks of of it, is a surreal and isolated strip of mist covered sand-dunes. Driving along the Skeleton Coast is an experience like few others, as the dramatic and changing landscape captivates and impresses.
Lava ridges and granite peaks break out of the sand dunes periodically and animal-loving road trippers can spot rhinos and elephants from the safety of their vehicles. This trip along Africa’s southwest coast is surreal and unmissable.
Road trips area great way to see the world. Taking the time to explore and discover new routes is a wonderful part of road tripping and researching destinations is just the start of many a great adventure.