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Six of the best road trips around the world


If there is one thing on your checklist this year, it should be an epic road trip. What a great way to travel with the roof down, the warm sea breeze blowing through your hair and your favourite playlists on repeat.

 

Research from Booking.com has revealed that almost a third of people around the world took a road trip in 2016 and are likely to take one in 2017. Not to mention 28% of Australians say that they are thinking about taking a road trip in 2017.

 

With this in mind, Booking.com highlights some of the world’s greatest road trips and the best places to stay to start or end your journey on a high. From the Pacific Coast Highway in US, one of the most scenic drives in the world to China’s over-water highway, there is a route for everyone. Just take your pick.

 

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Pacific Coast Highway - San Francisco, United States

The Pacific Coast Highway is a must on your road trip checklist. This legendary route along the iconic California coast from San Francisco down to San Diego is known for having some of the most scenic views in the world. Over 1000km long, the Pacific Coast Highway does not disappoint - expect to see stunning coastal views, picturesque seaside villages, untouched forests and sunny wine vineyards along the route. Top endorsements for San Francisco by Booking.com travellers are sightseeing, scenery and city trips. The top nationalities that travelled to San Francisco in 2016 include British, Chinese and German and the top types of accommodation booked were hotels, motels and hostels.

Where to stay: The Cornell Hotel de France

 

Hidden Highway - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

The Hidden Highway is the perfect choice for travellers looking for a relaxing road trip surrounded by the beautiful English countryside. Travel through one of the most rural and scenic routes in Britain, where you can expect endless green fields dotted with rose-clad cottages, medieval castles plus quaint villages and farmers markets. The journey is 280km long and a good stop off is the famous town of Hay on Wye, which hosts the annual Festival of Literature every summer. Top endorsements for Shrewsbury by Booking.com travellers are history, shopping and architecture, a great mixture for a relaxing road trip. The top nationalities that booked Shrewsbury in 2016 include Australian, German and Irish and the top types of accommodation booked were hotels, guest houses and inns.

Where to stay: Meeson Hall 

  

Great Ocean Road - Melbourne, Australia

 

Challenging the Pacific Coast Highway for its spot as one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world is the Great Ocean Road route, with its jaw-dropping scenery along the southern coastline. Tracing the shore between Geelong and Warrnambool, expect cliff-hugging turns, seascapes to die for and lush rainforests in your rear view mirror. The 275km route starts in the surf capital of Torquay; be sure to visit the natural beauty Apollo Bay and the Great Otway National Park, where you can swap the wheels for a spot of walking. Top endorsements for Melbourne by Booking.com travellers include shopping, food and restaurants. Top nationalities that booked Melbourne in 2016 are Chinese, Kiwis and British and the top types of accommodation booked were hotels, apart-hotels and hostels.

Where to stay: Discovery Parks – Geelong

 

Southern Scenic Route - Queenstown, New Zealand

The Southern Scenic Route combines everything from deserted beaches, native forests, rolling hillsides, waterfalls, lakes and snow-covered peaks - full of breath-taking views around every corner. The 610km route starts at Queenstown to Fiordland, Ta Anau and the iconic Milford Road to Dunedin. Top endorsements for Queenstown by Booking.com travellers are scenery, adventure and relaxation. The top types of nationalities that booked Queenstown in 2016 were Australian, Chinese and British and the top types of accommodation booked were hotels, hostels and apart-hotels.

Where to stay: Element Escapes Apartment

 

Amalfi Coast - Sorrento, Italy

Not for the faint-hearted the route along the Amalfi Coast presents narrow-winding roads along steep clifftops, although passengers will be rewarded with stunning views of rugged shorelines, pastel-coloured fishing villages, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves. This 60km stretch of coastline between Sorrento and Salerno is hemmed by high mountains and offers idyllic waterfront boutique hotels and unspoilt coastal towns. The top endorsements for Sorrento by Booking.com travellers are scenery, food and sightseeing. The top nationalities that booked holidays to Sorrento in 2016 were English, American and Argentinian and the top types of accommodation booked were hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses.

Where to stay: Grand Hotel Royal 

 

Overwater Highway - Xingshan, China

If a long distance road trip is not for you, but you are still seeking scenic views, then the Overwater Highway is your best option. Forget walking on water, how about driving on water! Labelled as the overwater highway, the seven mile road linking Xingshan County in Hubei to the high speed motorway of G42 is built in the middle of the river and follows the natural curve of the valley. Even though this is the shortest route in our round-up of epic road trips passengers will still be treated to breath-taking views of the valley and nearby fishing villages. The top nationalities that booked holidays to Xingshan in 2016 were Taiwanese, British and Russian and the top types of accommodation booked were hotels.

Where to stay: InterContinental Tangshan

 

*According to data collected by Booking.com with 12,781 respondents across 13 markets in September 2016. Respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016 and had to be planning at least one trip for 2017. All respondents had to consider themselves part of their travel decision-making process.

 

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Published: 15 June 2017


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