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The Most Scenic Road Trips In The World!

The Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

The Atlantic Ocean Road is 5.2-mile part of the County Road 64 that runs through an archipelago. It connects small inhabited islands in Averoy with the mainland at Eide, Norway. It consists of 8 bridges, causeways, and viewpoints. This might be the shortest road trip route in our list but this road is famous for several things. For one, the bridges in the Atlantic Ocean Road are considered the Norwegian Construction of the Century while also being tagged as one of the most dangerous roads in the world due to the twists and arches on this road.

Highlights: Askevågen viewpoint, Storseisundbrua bridge, Myrbærholmbrua, Kjeksa, Eldhusøya, Hågå

Distance: 5.2 miles
Duration: less than half an hour
Suggested length of the road trip: 3-4 hours to enjoy the view
Best time to go: June to August

Insider tip: Drive an hour south of Atlantic Ocean road to Alesund. Alesund is considered as one of the prettiest towns in the world and it’s worth checking out. From Alesund check out the Aksla viewing point to enjoy the scenery of this little charming coastal town.

Cape Town to Garden Route, South Africa

One of the best things to do in Western Cape, South Africa is to go on a road trip from Cape Town to Garden Route. Known for its scenic roads, Western Cape boasts diverse landscapes, scenic mountains, sand dunes, wildflower reserves, national parks, game reserves, wine farms, and the postcard-perfect coastal views.

Highlights: Twelve Apostles in Camps Bay, Gordon Bay, Hermanus, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna Lagoon, Tsitsikamma National Park, Gansbaai

Distance: over 250 miles
Duration: 6-7 hours non-stop
Suggested length of the road trip: 2 weeks
Best time to go: September to December. It is not too cold anymore but at the same time, it’s not too hot and crowded yet. Spring season is also a lovely time to do a road trip as you will enjoy the wildflowers on the road.

Insider tip: Rent a car if you can. There are lots of areas in South Africa where public transportation is very limited and having your own car is handy.

North Coast 500, Scotland

Consider as one of the most beautiful roads in the world, the North Coast 500 highlights the best sceneries in Scotland. Known for its rugged coastlines, historical castles and charming rural villages, this road shows the most unspoiled part of Europe. There also lots of things to do along the road that consists of visiting heritage sites, beaches, castles, museums etc.

Highlights: Castles (Inverness Castle, Castle of Mey, Ardvreck Castle), the wildlife along the road and forest, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Fairy Glen, and Clashnessie waterfalls, and the beaches such as Achmelvich and Sandwood Bay

Distance: 516 miles
Duration: 13-15 hours non-stop
Suggested length of the road trip: 7 days
Best time to go: May to October for warmer weather and a better chance of finding everything open

Insider tip: Bring insect repellant as the mosquitoes can be quite annoying. Also, bring a rainproof jacket and always dress up on a layer as the weather in Scotland can be fickle.

Ring Road, Iceland

One of the best things that you can do in Iceland is to take a drive to the Ring Road. The Ring Road encircles the entire country covering 828 miles of Route 1. This Ring Road itinerary comprises of rugged coastlines, majestic waterfalls, geysers, and beautiful glaciers.

Highlights: Kerið Crater Lake, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skógafoss Waterfall, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon, Vatnajokull Glacier, Námafjall Hverir. Golden Circle can be added although it’s a bit out of way.

Distance: 828 miles
Duration: 16-18 hours non-stop
Suggested length of the road trip: 2 weeks
Best time to go: June to August for better weather. However, if you want less crowd and to see the Northern Lights, September to October is recommended.

Insider tip: Make sure to fill up your tank before leaving major towns as you might have issues finding a gas station in the countryside. And always bring cash with you.

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

The longest defined coastal route in the world, Wild Atlantic Way covers 9 counties. This tourism trail is about 1553 miles covering over 1000 attractions that range from castles, beaches, rugged cliffs, and amazing harbors.

Highlights: Mizen Head, Skellig Islands, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Loop Head, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Malin Head, Fanan Head, Horn Head, Aran Islands, Slieve League, Killary Harbour, and Clifden

Distance: 1553 miles
Duration: 30-35 hours non-stop
Suggested length of the road trip: 3 weeks at least but if you only have less than a week.
Best time to go: June to August

Insider tip: Make sure to take a company with you that can substitute you with driving. Distances are not that far between attractions but if you are going to drive the whole route, driving every day can be quite exhausting.

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