04/03/2024

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The Top 20 Best Scenic Drives Around the World

The Top 20 Best Scenic Drives Around the World

Italy
Bolzano-Cortina d’Ampezzo – This is a must for mountain lovers. This drive is fringed with rugged cliffs and limestone walls. The 100 km drive cutting through the Dolomites in the Italian Alps is breathtaking and full of twists and turns.

Switzerland
Great St. Bernard Pass – from Martigny to San Bernardino, 56km, one of the most famous passes in Alpine Europe. The Swiss section of the pass road begins in French-speaking Martigny and ends in Italian-speaking San Bernardino.

Furka Pass – travel southwest to northeast you’ll see the frozen mass of the glacier that feeds the Rhone. This road follows a high altitude frontier between the German and Italian speaking Switzerland.

The Netherlands
Flower Route – Haarlem-Leiden, 25 miles. This drive has one of the best concentrations of flower fields to be seen. Fields along the road have beautiful strips of colour from the start of the flowering season which is late January to the end in early May. Stop and purchase from roadside sellers.

North America and Canada
Tennessee and Mississippi – Blues Highway Drive. Drive north along Route 61 between Memphis and Vicksburg along the Mississippi river. This is a truly musical drive. Music is everywhere you turn. Soul, gospel, R &B spills out of churches, cars, bars. This is where the road sings

Hawaii. Belt Road – farmland, beaches, lava flows, soaring mountains. Drive around the Belt Road and see it all. From Kailua-Kona to the windswept ruins of the Puukohola Heiau experience a varied landscape like no other in America

Hawaii. Hana Highway – a 52 mile drive from Kahului to Hana. A 4 wheel drive is ideal for this journey. The ocean on your left, whilst on the right is a jungle of bamboo and fruit trees and beautiful waterfalls. Be sure to make many stops en route to really make the most of the spectacular scenery that awaits you on this drive.

Alaska. Seward Highway – for blue glaciers, sharp mountains, waterfalls and whales, this drive has it all. Anchorage-Seward, 204 kilometres

Dalton Highway – Livengood-Prudhoe Bay, 414 miles. Cross the Yukon River, pass over the North Slope and end at the Arctic Ocean. It’s a mostly gravel thoroughfare. Don’t expect to see many services but do expect dramatic scenery. Recommended for the more experienced driver.

Florida Keys – Overseas Highway. Mainland Florida-Key West, 181 kilometres. This highway stretches across a massive expanse of water with the Atlantic on the left and the Gulf on the right. Highway 1 is typical America with burger bars selling,milkshakes and fries to gift shops where you can purchase seashell necklaces

Vermont Cheese Trail – Plymouth Notch-Websterville, 450 kilometres. Sample the best cheeses imaginable en-route. Why not call in on some of the half dozen cheese makers en route. They all offer tours and you can purchase the products.

Colorado – ghost towns, fossil beds, towering mountains and a gorge await you on this trip heading west on U.S. 24 from Colorado Springs.
June to September is the best time to drive this 225 mile loop which includes Cripple Creek, South Park City and St Elmo.

Alberta Canada – from the fringe of the great plains you will climb through the magnificent mountain scenery of Banff and Jasper National Parks experiencing forest, crag and glacier. Elk bears and other wild animals can be seen during this fantastic 264 mile drive.

Kentucky. Bourbon Trail – wind through bourbon country on the bluegrass byways. Smell the mint growing by the roadside as you drive through, stop for a look at the white water rapids. Louisville, Bardstown and Frankfort connect in a large triangle. There are many distilleries to try on this road trip.

Brandywine Valley – Pennsylvania and Delaware. Drive through scenic chateau country where narrow twisting roads are shaded by overhanging branches. You wont see billboards here, just wildflowers lining the roadsides.

Cape Cod Massachusetts – 160 miles. Starting on Cape Cod canal on the capes Northern coast and passing through many stop offs such as Provincetown and Chatham you will end at Woods Hole. You should allow 3 or 4 days to enjoy this journey. Best taken from Spring to Autumn when the temperature is moderate.

Lakeside Drives
Finger Lakes New York – taste your way from vineyard to vineyard amidst the rolling hills. The Finger Lakes region is a mix of rich farmland and small towns.

Cascade Lakes Oregon – incredible scenery on the 83 mile drive from Bend Oregon to Sun River. Enjoy classic Cascades landscapes, murmuring streams and glittering lakes.
Australia

Western Australia has some amazing drives including Beverley to County Peak where you will drive through the Jarrah forests and the gorgeous landscapes of the Dale River.

An hour South of Perth is the Rockingham scenic drive. Why not explore Blackwood river region in Australia’s South West. The drive from Balingup to Nannup and Bridgetown is spectacular.
Things to consider when renting a car abroad

Whether you are looking for car hire at Heathrow airport, or indeed anywhere else in the world, there are a number of things to consider. Try to book in advance as it will be cheaper than paying at the counter. Ask about late penalties, fuel charges etc when booking, check out weekend specials. Check age restrictions when booking as some agencies charge a surcharge if under 25 or over 70. Check if you will need an international driving permit-IDP. It’s simply a piece of paper that translates your information into 10 different languages.

It is also worth checking out the speed limits for the country you will be driving in as they vary greatly, as do the limits on drink driving. As in any country however, we would always stress not to drink at all when driving.

When planning to hire a car for driving abroad think about the journey you will be making. If it isn’t an overly long drive, a smaller car may suit and will be cheaper. For longer drives think about comfort and space. In hot climates air conditioning is a must.

If you don’t have sat nav, invest in a decent road map and always plan your route before setting off.