California’s Highway 1
The Pacific Coast Highway; particularly the breath-taking Big Sur section – is the road trip of dreams. With the rugged coastline dotted with hidden coves and the ocean as far as the eye can see to your right, and the Santa Lucia Mountains to your left, you’ll be forgiven for stopping for photo opportunities every few miles. If you happen to be travelling in the latter few months of the year, you may even spot the biannual grey whale migration – one of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles.
If you fancy going on this exhilarating tour, why don’t you check out Kuoni’s Taste the West Self-Drive?
Linking Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica in California and crossing eight states, the ‘Mother Road’ was once the main route between the eastern and western states. While much of Route 66 has been bypassed by multi-lane interstates, you can still experience the pioneering age of motor travel and pass diners, motels and gas stations along the 2400-mile stretch. Favourite stops include the cowboy culture of Oklahoma City, the fascinating Petrified Forest near Holbrook and the incredible Grand Canyon.
Check out Kuoni’s Historic Route 66 Self-Drive, if a suggested 18-night road trip taking you to lesser-visited locations such as Springfield, St. Louis and Albuquerque sounds like your trip of a lifetime.
If you want a sea view close to home…
The Military Road | Isle of Wight
If time is of the essence, and you want an instant fix of incredible views, then this road trip is the one for you. Offering a panoramic view of the south-west coast of the Island, the ‘Military Road’ (A3055) stretch is iconic.
Built in the 19th century in an attempt to combat any potential threat from Napoleon, this road is steeped in history, and only made better by the stunning views of the chalk cliffs at Freshwater Bay – you can also park your car and absorb the break-taking views.
Tip: as the cliffs crumble slightly more every year, try and do this road trip before any roads are closed!
If you’re after scenic views in the UK…
Glencoe | Scotland
If you find yourself pining after iconic views, then a visit to Glencoe is unmissable (and it’s so close!) For a mesmerising start, we suggest visiting An Ceann Mor; these views will put the size of Loch Lomond into sharp perspective.
You are also able to access the Arygyll Coastal Route, a scenic route that will take you over to Fort William (the gateway to Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak).
This is the perfect route for people who want unparalleled scenery, seafood, sea air and stunning sunsets.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie abroad…
Trollstigen | Norway
If you’re looking for tourist activities to do in Norway, Trollstigen needs to be at the top of your list.
Boasting 11 hairpin bends that are not for the faint hearted, beautiful waterfalls and exceptional Instagram worthy views, this mountainous route is lined with jagged stones and an abundance of greenery which attracts many of its visitors.
A tourist hotspot, the quietness engulfing this landscape makes the views even more serene.