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Road Trip Inspo - Part I

13 May 2024 Experiences, Couples, Family, Self Drive, Solo Traveller, Travel Tips
Picture yourself with the window down, the sun on your face and the promise of new experiences around every bend. Road trips are not just about the destination but about the journey itself - the moments shared with loved ones, the sights discovered along the way, taking detours whenever something catches your eye. Whether you're cruising with your partner, your family or a group of friends, road trips offer a diverse range of experiences, from coastal drives to mountain passes. It’s time to buckle up and get inspired for your next adventure.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, United States

Spanning across 755km in the eastern United States, this scenic two-lane road connects the wilderness of North Carolina to Virginia. It seamlessly connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park. With a leisurely speed limit of 73kph, there's ample time to soak up the beauty of the route, navigating its twists and turns with ease. Along the way, numerous viewpoints offer perfect spots for picnics and - for the adventurous - there are plenty of hiking trails to explore. Don't miss the chance to stop at Mabry Mill, a historic site built in 1908 by Ed and Lizzy Mabry, offering insights into the area's rich history. And be sure to visit Linville Falls where the water plunges into a deep gorge.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, United Sates

The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

On the west coast of Ireland, you’ll find the Wild Atlantic Way. At 2,600km long, it would take 32 non-stop hours to traverse, making it the longest defined coastal touring route in the world. Drive within sight of the sea, passing dry-stone walls, cosy cottages and deserted beaches where Atlantic waves crash into remote islands. Meet locals at charming pubs and have a Guinness after a day of driving and exploring. Also, don’t forget to indulge in local seafood, like Atlantic salmon.

The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Trollstigen Pass, Norway

The Trollstigen Pass, nestled in the heart of Norway's landscapes, is a mountain road also known as the 'Troll's Ladder'. This road ascends to an 852m peak and is only open during the summer months, snaking its way through rugged terrain and offering stunning views at every turn. It takes you from Åndalsnes to the village of Valldal in Sunnmøre, passing through vast, untamed landscapes with panoramic vistas that you’ll remember long after you return home.

Trollstigen Pass, Norway

The Japanese Alps, Japan

Do you want to explore Japan without the tourist hordes? Explore the Japanese Alps from the comfort of your own vehicle, allowing you to travel at your own pace and make stops whenever you like to admire the scenery. Begin your adventure in Kanazawa, renowned for its captivating art museums and exquisite regional handicrafts. Then, venture southward to Ainokura, where you'll encounter charming thatched-roof houses nestled between rice fields and mountains, offering a glimpse into traditional Japanese life. Continue your journey to Mount Hotaka, where you can ascend the Shinhotaka and enjoy panoramic views from an evaluation of 3,000 feet. And after a day of exploration, unwind with a soothing dip in one of the many natural hot springs.

The Japanese Alps, Japan

Coral Coast, Western Australia

Driving through Western Australia is an adventure in itself, as you often feel like you have the road to yourself. The Coral Coast stretches 1,250 km from Perth to Exmouth and has ample opportunities for detours along the way. Begin your exploration by visiting Kalbarri National Park, where you can take The Loop Walk to see Nature’s Window, offering stunning views of the gorge. As you continue northward, stay alert for emus crossing the road, before ultimately arriving at your destination, Exmouth, where you can experience the thrill of swimming with whale sharks. Make sure to include a visit to Turquoise Bay, known for its crystal-clear water and white sand. Don’t forget to bring your snorkelling gear to explore the abundant fish and coral reefs.

Coral Coast, Western Australia

Ready to hit the road? Reach out to your Travellers Choice agent and start planning your next road trip today.

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