World’s Best Road Trips

Lighthouse B&B in Maritime Quebec. Photo by Janna Graber
This road trip in Quebec includes a stop on the island of Ile Verte, where you can stay overnight at the Lighthouse B&B. Photo by Janna Graber

Maritime Quebec: Canada

Whales, islands and lighthouses are part of life along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, one of the world’s longest rivers. Maritime Quebec has more than 3000 km of coastline, 40 lighthouses, 10 national parks and dozens of small towns and cities. This road trip in Quebec travels through some of this beautiful region, even stopping at islands along the way.

Alaska Highway: USA

A different setting greets those who follow the Alaska Highway, which runs for some 1,300 miles from Canada into the U.S. state of Alaska. The route passes through the Rocky Mountains and offers glimpses of abandoned towns which serve as reminders of prospectors who came to the area seeking gold at the end of the 19th century. Another attraction is the opportunity to look for wildlife including black bear, moose and bison.

Route des Grandes Alpes: Switzerland

People seeking the beauty of soaring mountains rather than seascapes often head for the European Alps. The Route des Grandes Alpes (Road of the Big Alps) runs from Lake Geneva, Switzerland to a town near Nice, France. It traverses 17 of the highest mountain passes in Europe. Because of its altitude, the road is open only between June and October, when the snow which blankets the area has melted.

Roman Gate, Via de la Plata: Luna Marina,
Visiting a Roman Gate at Via de la Plata in Spain. Luna Marina,

Via de la Plata: Spain

There also are trips which are memorable for attractions through which the road runs. History buffs enjoy the Via de la Plata (Silver Route) in Spain. It follows an ancient Roman road and travelers may stop to view villas, walls and other artifacts remaining from when the Romans invaded the region in the second century BC.

Stelvio Pass: Italy

The route through the Stelvio Pass in Italy is only 15 miles long, but is perched at a height of 9,000 feet, and requires drivers to navigate 48 sharp switchbacks. It packs a lot of challenge into a short distance. Some adventurous people who live in the area often make the drive just for the challenge it presents.

The Castle Trail in Scotland takes visitors past dozens of castles dating back centuries. Photo by Visit Scotland
The Castle Trail in Scotland takes visitors past dozens of castles dating back centuries. Photo by Visit Scotland

Castle Trail: Scotland

In Scotland, a sense of history resides in castles that date back to medieval times. The Castle Trail in Scotland leads visitors to 19 historic structures.

Balmoral Castle was built in 1390 and has been a residence of Britain’s royal family since 1852. Construction of Castle Fraser began in 1575 and continued until 1636.  It is one of the grandest fortresses in Scotland.

Driving through the French Alps. Photo by Auvergne Rhone-Alps
Driving through the French Alps. Photo by Auvergne Rhone-Alps

French Wine Trail: France

Food and wine lovers also can combine memorable road trips with opportunities to please their palate. French cuisine long has been recognized as among the most outstanding in the world, and each region of that country has its own special ingredients and preparations. Visitors may map out a driving route which allows them to sample a variety of local specialties or confine their trip to one area.

The same is true for French wines. France ranks third behind Italy and Spain, and just ahead of the United States and China, in the amount of wine produced each year. In terms of quality, French wine long has been recognized as among the very best.

The districts of Burgundy and Bordeaux are famous for the both their food and wines. People may plan a driving trip in either region, or both of them, which provides a true gastronomic treat.

Whatever interests have special appeal to a person – outstanding food and wine, history, magnificent scenery or many other subjects – it’s likely that there is a driving trip, and probably many of them, somewhere in the world which focuses on that topic.

Author Bio: After gallivanting throughout the United States and to more than 75 other countries around the world, and writing about what he sees, does and learns, Victor Block retains the travel bug. He firmly believes that travel is the best possible education, and claims he still has a lot to learn.  He loves to explore new destinations and cultures, and his stories about them have won a number of writing awards.