Sunglasses, open windows, flying hair, and the fresh air, no matter where in the world, the desire to escape and surrender to the world’s vastness has become a common thing among travelers. To experience this feeling, here are five places in the world for ecstatic and scenic road trips:
1) Garden Route, South Africa
Close to Cape Town, this road runs along the south coast of the country and attracts many travelers. It is 200 kilometers from Mossel Bay to Tsitsikamma National Park. Along the way, it is possible to do various activities such as hiking, canoeing, diving, and skydiving. The most frightening but most famous option is bungee jumping. The Bloukrans bridge of 216 meters is the highest in the world to offer this sport commercially. In addition, the region around the highway offers other attractions, including safari. For instance, in Addo Park, you can see elephants from your own car.
It is hard to believe, but there is an even nicer way to see the French Alps: through the four wheels.
The path to the Great Alps is 684 kilometers long. It starts in Thonon-Les-Bains, a small town in the southwest of France, and ends in Menton, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, on the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, the road passes Lake Léman and the emblematic French Riviera. But beware! The route only remains open between June and October, when there is no snow on the road. Another great way to enjoy this path is by bike, as it promises a mild summer climate
3) Highway One, United States
This road, also called the Pacific Coast, runs along the west coast of the United States and connects to the city of Dana Point to Oxnard. It offers breathtaking landscapes that reveal the coastal slopes along the Pacific Ocean. However, the stars of the trip are Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, and Long Beach.
The most beautiful part of the highway is the Big Sur region. Here you will find waterfalls, hills, hot springs, paths, and beaches, all in nature reserves and state parks. However, one of the most indispensable points of the route is human-made work. Bixby Bridge has impressive architecture when crossing a cliff.
It is only 189 kilometers and small, but enough to be known for its beauty and the feeling of fear you might experience when driving through it. This is since the road has very sharp curves, which goes from Mendoza, in Argentina, to Santiago, in Chile. The magic of this road actually lies at the top. The Andes Mountains are the main feature of this landscape. Therefore, a car trip along this path promises a mesmerizing view of the mountains’ white-tipped peaks. Along the way, it is still possible to visit several villages, such as Uspallata, and other natural beauties, including the artificial lake of Potrerillos.
5) Great Ocean Road, Australia
With a length of 243 kilometers, this road is absolutely beautiful. The road connects the cities of Torquay to Allansford. The highlight of the route is the natural limestone formations. There are several along the way, but the most beautiful and best-known of all is the Twelve Apostles group. However, now there are only eight of them left.
Whether you are looking for peace, nature, or the fresh air, these places will offer everyone something beautiful. And once you’re on the road, you won’t think of anything else! What are the other scenic roads you know about? Let us know in the comments below!