With Summer just around the corner, now’s the time to be planning your great getaway, and what better way to get away from it all than to go on a great summer road trip. If you’re thinking of hitting the road this summer, this article offers some international inspiration on where to head to.
- IRELAND’S WILD ATLANTIC WAY
The WIld Atlantic Way is the longest coastal route in the world, running 2,500km up the Western Coast of Ireland. There’s an incredible amount to see and do in such a short distance and each day offers spectacular views of emerald hills, azure seas, rustic beaches and a unique culture.
- ECUADOR: QUITO TO GUAYAQUIL
Here, you’ll pass roads surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains, fiery volcanoes, and villages full of some of the warmest people you’re likely to ever meet; be sure to check out Courtyard Guayaquil upon arrival, as this is a great place to rest up and treat yourself after a couple of weeks on the road.
- CANADA’S COWBOY TRAIL
If you’re looking to get away from it all you can follow the route through Southern Alberta to the lunar landscape of the badlands to where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful journey with a lot of variety in terms of scenery and activities en-route.
- FLORIDA KEYS
The US 1 from Miami to Key West is an ocean focused 150 mile drive that takes in a variety of the keys (little islands) sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. The most amazing section of this drive is the Seven Mile Bridge.
- US ROUTE 20
If you want to travel coast to coast then Route 20 is known for being the longest road in America covering a distance of 3,365 miles from Newport (Oregon) to Boston (Massachusetts). Going around Yellowstone National Park makes a lovely pit stop but covering 3,365 miles is no small feat. The route is fast and easy to drive; you should be able to cover it in two to three weeks – but the best way would be to take a little longer, so you can experience the Real America along the way, rather than just sit on the tarmac.
- MONUMENT VALLEY
Starting out of Route 17 in Phoenix you can visit Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon, and cowboy landscapes on the Arizona/Utah border. Then, progress to Route 191 to enter Winslow using Route 66. The top tip for this trip is to take a Jeep Safari along Diamond Creek Road, as this way you get to drive along the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
- ROUTE 66
Perhaps the most famous “road trip” in the world, Route 66 will soon celebrate its 100th birthday, as one of the first numbered roads in the US. Ending in California this trip from Chicago to Santa Monica covers 2,451 miles mostly through what could be the set of an old western movie.