Spring is just around the corner which marks the period of lighter nights, warmer days, and better driving conditions. If you’re thinking of hitting the road on a four or two-wheeled adventure this article offers some fantastic inspiration on where to head to.
The first step, of course, is to choose your vehicle and ensure the vehicle you choose is road trip ready to burn up all those miles.
On the one hand, driving a fancy convertible with the wind in your hair is the summer dream, and though new cars tend to be safer there’s a lot more character to be derived from driving an older classic, or even hitting the road with a motorbike to feel the full thrill of the road.
If you are thinking about going on a motorbike tour, something to consider is the option of having your motorbike shipped out in advance, and then getting a flight to the start point, as this way you won’t be driving down boring freeways just to get to the start point and it also opens the road for international adventure too.
The one thing you will need to do, however, if you’re thinking of taking a bike is to learn more about what maintenance equipment and spare parts you’re going to need with you – as unlike a car, bikes often require a little more maintenance and fine tuning, particularly on long trips.
Now that you’ve picked your vehicle of choice it’s time to start thinking about location. Here are seven great options from around the world:
- IRELAND’S WILD ATLANTIC WAY
The Wild Atlantic Way, in Ireland, is the longest coastal route in the world, running 2,500km up the Western Coast. There’s an incredible amount to see and do in what is a relatively short distance – that can easily be covered in a week, if you’re time limited or a month if you want plenty of time to explore. Each day offers spectacular views of emerald hills, crystal clear waters, rural beaches and the uniquely friendly cultural experience of the Irish.
- CALIFORNIA STATE ROUTE 1
The best time to take this drive is definitely in summer, in fact it might be the best summer road trip in the world as the route takes you right along the Pacific Coast.
The route starts just north of San Diego and meanders through Los Angeles, Long Beach, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Big Sur and San Francisco. This route is just 745 miles but it packs a real punch as you drive along this exceptional coastline.
- CANADA’S COWBOY TRAIL
If you’re looking to get away from it all then you can follow this Canadian route through Southern Alberta to the lunar landscape of the badlands and where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful route with a lot of variety in terms of scenery and different landscapes.
- FLORIDA KEYS
The US 1 from Miami to Key West is a 150 mile ocean drive that takes in a variety of little islands sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. The most awe inspiring section of this drive is the Seven Mile Bridge.
- US ROUTE 20
If you want to travel coast to coast then this is the route for you. Route 20 is the longest road in America covering a distance of 3,365 miles from Newport (Oregon) to Boston (Massachusetts).
If you have time to explore Yellowstone National Park this makes a lovely pit stop, as covering 3,365 miles is not something you want to rush. That said, the route is fast and easy to drive meaning you should be able to cover it in two to three weeks if you’re in a hurry.
The best way is to take your time though, so that you can experience ‘Real America’ along the way.
- ROUTE 66
Perhaps the most well known “road trip” in the world, Route 66 is now celebrating its 100th birthday, as one of the first numbered roads in the US. This from Chicago to Santa Monica covers 2,451 miles and takes you through what could easily be the set of an old western movie; a trip on many people’s summer bucket lists and an opportunity for plenty of adventure.
- MONUMENT VALLEY
If you start out on Route 17 in Phoenix you can visit Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, and the cowboy landscapes found on the Arizona/Utah border. Then, as you progress down to Route 191 you will enter Winslow via a short stretch of Route 66.
If you’re taking this trip you might want to consider taking a Jeep Safari along Diamond Creek Road, as this offers the chance to drive along the bottom of the Grand Canyon!