Great Ocean Road is by far one of the most scenic road trip routes in the world! This adventure takes you from the surfing town of Torquay along the beautiful Australian coast to Allansford.
Let your eyes feast on the rugged and magnificent landscapes along the coast. Stop to catch a wave with the dolphins at a secluded beach and spot koalas and kangaroos in the forest.
Melbourne is the cultural hub of Australia and the most popular city. This is a perfect start to your Great Ocean Road road trip adventure. Experience the citys splendor touring the rooftop bars, watching a footy math at Melbourne Cricket Ground (australien football), exploring the green parks, hipster cafes and by watching the sunset from a beach in St. Kilda. Don't miss the trendy Fitzroy area or the beautiful Brighton Beach.
Great Ocean Road officially begins just outside the surf town of Torquay, just about an hour drive south of Melbourne. Learn to surf in Torquay and hit the amazing surf spots on your way to Apollo Bay.
The stretch between Apollo Bay and Port Campbell is not the longest, but perhaps the most recognized and memorable part of Great Ocean Road. The coastline is beyond stunning and the iconic Twelve Apostles is a must when driving through Port Campbell National Park. Don't forget the off route trip to Cape Otway Lighthouse - Australia's oldest lighthouse with a beautiful location.
Be sure to make a stop in the cosy harbour town Port Campbell before continuing the trip towards Warrnambool. The stretch of road is called Shipwreck Coast because logically because of the many wrecked boats and ships. Not far outside Port Campbell you will find London Arch, a collapsed natural bridge of rocks resembling the real London Bridge. Enjoy this part of the route by stopping along the route to enjoy the fresh sea air and the view. If you are lucky and travelling between May - October, you may spot the migrating whales that travel these waters each year.
The city Allansford is the official ending of Great Ocean Route, but there is plenty to explore on the road to Adelaide. The next stop on this road trip is the charming Port Fairy, just a 30 min. drive outside Warrnambool. Have a lunch by the ocean and take a stroll through the cosy streets of this fisher town. Continue towards the mountains and valleys of Grampians National Park. This national park is a beautiful sight and don't forget a hike to Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt. Spend the night at Halls Gap north east of the park and sleep in the beautiful surroundings of nature.
The adventure continues as you cruise towards Horsham and the biggest waterfall in all of Victoria - MacKenzie Falls. Next stop is the famous Naracoorte Caves National Park with its big collection of fossils before relaxing and enjoying the local wines of the Coonawarra wine-area. Penola just south of Coonawarra is a perfect spot to spend the night.
The trip continues From Penola via Naracoorte and Padthaway to Adelaide. Keep your eyes alert for more wineries around the road towards Padthaway and continue on Dukes Highway before arriving at your final destination; Adelaide. The 5th biggest city in all of Australia has plenty to explore and is a perfect setting to digest your awesome road trip memories.
A classical road trip that makes a trip down the beautiful coastline of California seem boring? Route 66 is iconic, historic and full of surprises.
Think everything you've ever wanted to see in the States, from; big cities beats to grand American burger joints and prairies with windmills and wild horses. Route 66 is the mother of road trips - while you chase the dream, you better prepare for the ride!
Route 66 begins its grandeur in the windy city - home to the 1920-30ies gangsters. Chicago isn't a freighting city despite its name and history. This all-American city hosts a variety of sights, amazing restaurants and cafés and a love for basketball; remember MJ (the Jordan one!)? Do not miss the chance so watch the Chicago Bulls play home court. Pay a visit to one of the cities retro blues-bars before jumping in your car and packing for the road.
Springfield is your first iconic Route 66 stop! The city was hometown to Abraham Lincoln and you can get a glimpse and a tour of this historic American president. While enjoying the city don't forget to taste the famous corn dogs and experience a real American drive-thru restaurant.
Route 66 surprises you with both big and small attractions. At this particular stop, you can take a trip down the Mississippi river or get a glimpse and a snap of the enormous Gateway Arch. The Ice-cream store called Ted Drewes is a gem that should definitely be on your list.
This little town is a secret escape on Route 66. Make a trip to the Rainbow Bridge and The Eisler Brothers Country Store. This store is said to be one of the stops on Pixar's research tour for the successful motion picture movie Cars (2006).
Oklahoma is home to some of the best stretches of road on the route, and other Route 66 enthusiasts from around the world will, without doubt accompany you. Make a stop at Route 66 Vintage Iron Motorcycle Museum and the national Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Howdy y 'all! Everything is bigger in America and that really comes to show in Texas. Test your stomachs stretch-ability at Big Texan Steak Ranch - if you can devour the 2 kg steak within an hour you'll get it free. For an authentic cowboy experience, stop by Amarillo Livestock Auction and meet a real cowboy!
From Amarillo towards Santa Fe in New Mexico, you must stop at the Cadillac Ranch: 10 classic Cadillacs' "planted" nose-down - truly weird and photogenic! Continue to Santa Fe, one of the country's oldest cities. Please take some time to slow down and enjoy one of New Mexico's hot springs.
Time to get your hands dirty and learn a thing or two about the Indian culture and history! A third of the population in Gallup are from Indian origin and a local guide can show you around the beautiful ruins of "Sky City" in Acoma Native American Reservation. A beautiful experience.
This fantastic 1.900 m deep canyon-area is a true natural wonder. Get ready to be touched by the beautiful and rough nature and learn a thing or two about the area. No words necessary - this is a highlight of the tour.
The route has come to an end - sounds kind of sad, but really; welcome to L.A! Get your sneaks on and start spotting the rich and famous, visit Universal Studios and surf the waves at Santa Monica or Venice Beach. Take a hike to the famous Hollywood sign, and enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean and the metropolis of Los Angeles at your feet. Don't want the trip to end? Highway 101 is right at your feet.
Cruising California is simply the ultimate road trip. The Golden state is huuuge and almost like a mini-continent in itself.
This itinerary takes you along the beautiful Highway 1 along the coast from the City of Angels and up to San Francisco. From there pop by Napa Valley to chill in the wine country and then go inwards and uphill to the majestic Yosemite national park and further down to Death Valley. Spend your dough or just look at other people spending their dough in a casino on Las Vegas' strip before swinging by magical Joshua Tree desert and spin the last turn of your wheels by the beach in San Diego.
Fasten your seatbelt and put the music ON!
You will never get bored in the City of Angels! Chill out in Venice Beach or cruise around Hollywood Hills with the top down on your convertible. Immerse yourself in the bustling cultural life and check out all the cool museums and festivals.
And don't miss out on the Pride Parade, the flamboyant street festival. Yes - L.A. truly has it all.
The drive from L.A. to San Francisco can technically be done in a day, however to make the most of it we recommend you spend at least one night camping or renting a cabin to enjoy the stunning vistas around Big Sur.
Make sure you have time to see Pfeiffer beach and the iconic Bixby Bridge.
The colorful San Francisco is a brilliant and fascinating city of open-minded people, scary steep hills, green parks, stunning views, rich cultural life and one of the most famous and impressive bridges on Earth: the Golden Gate Bridge.
Lafayette Park and Buena Vista Park are great places to have a picnic during your city day. Check out the Presidio and Lincoln Park as you continue your exploration.
Haight Asbury district is where you should go as here the summer of love 1968 was born. This center of these loving currents is still a very entertaining and colorful place in San Francisco. You'll find lots of vintage stores and Hendrix tributes.
Beautiful wine country Napa is just a short drive out from San Francisco and a perfect place to chill and relax. It is rather expensive there though so you might want to make it a day trip rather than spend the night. Unless you wanna go all out and splurge on a out-of-the-world dinner experience at one of the many Michelin-star restaurants in the area.
St.Helena is a quaint and cute little town with nice places to grab lunch or pick up some local wine.
Don't miss the world's best milkshake and a classical American diner experience at Gott's Roadside!
The magnificent Yosemite National Park is about 3 hours drive from Napa - and it is a truly beautiful drive too. The landscape changes dramatically during the way and if you're visiting in summer you'll be greeted by crisp fresh air, green and lush forests and rumbling waterfalls.
Make your way up to Glacier Point for a truly majestic view.
Do note that this is one of America's most beloved tourist attractions so there can at times be a lot of people at the typical sightseeing spots.
In sharp contrast to the lushness and greenery of Yosemite stands Death Valley, a part of the Mojave desert. The valley is aptly named since it is indeed the lowest, driest and hottest area in the whole of North America.
Enourmously fascinating to experience - but be sure to have a full tank and stock up on water beforehand!
Way out in the Nevada desert, there lies a city built solely for parties and pleasure. When you enter the Las Vegas scene, you won't believe your eyes. The flashing lights, wild parties, and glamourous casinos are dizzying, yet intriguing. In Sin City, you can do almost anything you can imagine.
Some say either you hate or you love Vegas - regardless of whether you find this artificial world bizarre or amazing - it truly is an experience!
Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. The land is sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain, which makes for almost surreal feeling of wilderness.
If you're into hiking, climbing and camping you've found your spot.
San Diego is the second largest city in California, located close to the Mexican border, so the Latin-American influences are strong. This beach city has it all: Amazing surf, chilled vibe, vibrant nightlife - and - absolutely epic tacos and margaritas.
Facing the ocean in the warming sunset rays makes for a perfect backdrop for while swiping through the memories of the road trip of your life!
Bali is the perfect island for a road trip! Drive through amazing landscapes, catch some waves along the way, explore green rice fields or stop for some shopping.
If you do this road trip without stopping, it will only take a day or two to see it all. But of course it is way more fun to stop at the most amazing places!
Meditate, practice yoga, go surfing - or check out the sunrise with dolphins swimming in the water!
If you take the quick road from Sanur to Candi Dasa it wil take you around 75 minutes to get there. This is a big road and if you travel by motorbike, you can be quite vulnerable. The solution to that is to take the small inland roads. Mostly these are not listed on a map, so follow the road to Sukawati, Gianyar, Klungkung, Padang Bai and Candi Dasa. You will get lost, but in a beautiful area. The people are friendly enough to help you out if necessary. Stop for a nice lunch at a local Warung in Padang Bai. Candi Dasa is a great place to stay and relax or go snorkelling!
There are a few different routes from Candi Dasa to Amed. If you want to have amazing views over the ocean, take the coastal route! Did you know you will cruise past the most eastern land of Bali? Along the way you will pass a few nice highlights. Go and check out Jasri Beach or stroll around the Ujung Water Palace. If you continue you will find Amed, a village with several beaches - all nice gems to chill!
When you leave Amed and drive to Lovina, you will pass through Tulamben. This is the place to be if you want to go diving! There is a very special divesite with a shipwreck (the USAT Liberty) from the second world war. The rest of the drive is alongside the coast. The traffic can get quite busy at Singaraja, but it will not take long before you arrive in Lovina. Lovina is popular because you have a big pod of dolphins you can spot by sunrise. It is very crowded by tourists though.
When you spotted the awesome dolphins it is time to go to Pemuteran... More water activities! The coastal drive takes you an hour, but has a few awesome stops like the Banjar Hot Springs. The waters look very green, but they will get you clean. Pemuteran is your final stop for the day. Pemuteran is a gateway to national parks like West Bali and Menjangan. A tip if you want to save on budget: do not stay at the beach.
Time to get high! Drive through the hills to Negara to end in Medewi. This place is amazing for surf, surf and more surf! Take your time to hit the waves!
This road through the green lush areas of Bali is amazing. A long the way you can buy fresh fruits from farms. You will pass Munduk - a nice place to stay if you have time, like food and activities such as hiking. From Munduk you will take windy roads over vulcanos and lakes. If you can make it early in the morning, the views over Tamblingan and Buyan are simply amazing.
Experience the hippievibe in Ubud. Drive through the green rice fields and have a nice lunch with a great view. Go to the palace in Ubud to wash yourself in holy water. Visit the monkey forest. Ubud is great for food and shopping, but even greater for meditation and yoga. Enjoy!
The trip will go downhill from here... Luckily not literally, but the road will. Drive to beaches like Cangu, Seminyak and Kuta. The beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu all have different things to offer. If you drive to Kuta, it means cheap accommodation and lots of booze. Seminyak is a bit more luxurious and at Canggu you will experience the life of a surfer!
Make sure you swing by the beautiful Tanah Lot temple. It is a particularly stunning experience during sunrise or sunset. Then make you way to Uluwatu for fun-time! Go there on a Sunday and visit the great party's at Single Finn. During the day you can surf, chill at Dream Beach or watch pro surfers do their thing. From Uluwatu it is a short drive to Denpasar, where the airport is.
In the North Island, you will explore beautiful beaches, forests, caves and incredible geothermal activity.
The South Island, the focus is on the grand mountain scenery, adventure and extreme sport activities, historic architecture and wildlife encounters.
Throughout New Zealand, there are vine country and natural wonderlands to discover, while the big cities present you with cultural entertainment.
This is the place to start your road trip. A vibrant city of harbours, beaches, islands and extinct volcanic cones, Auckland is known as the "City of Sails". Catch a ferry to Waiheke to enjoy the beaches and vineyards or one of the other beautiful islands, enjoy excellent food in the viaduct or explore the local walking tracks. Don't miss the Sky Tower and a boat cruise!
Driving north towards Bay of Islands, you'll pass Hatfield's Beach before coming across the towns of Waiwera (hot springs) and Whangarei (on the edge of a beautiful harbour). Take a rest stop in Kawakawa before moving on to the resort town of Paihia. A cruise to the outer islands is a must. The Bay of Islands is well-known as a great place to see dolphins. The giant Kauri trees are equally magical.
Under the green hills of the Waitomo region, you will find a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. The area's name comes from the Maori words wai (water) and tomo (hole). Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Choose your level of adventure, from a guided walk to blackwater rafting, caving and abseiling into the abyss.
Your journey to Rotorua will take you through a mixture of farmland, lakeland and forest. Once you get there, prepare yourself for mud pools, geysers and adventure. Rotorua is one of the world's most lively fields of geothermal activity. Explore the bubbing mud pools and geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, or get your adrenalin pumping with some of the great adventure activities on offer. Visit Te Puia to experience the Maori culture.
On the long, straight Desert Road from Taupo to Wellington you'll enjoy amazing views of Tongariro National Park's volcanoes. Wellington is New Zealand's capital city offers attractions like the Te Papa National Museum, the wonderful Botanical Gardens and the cool harbour area around Queens Wharf warehouses. The passage across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds is one of the most scenic ferry trips in the world.
State Highway 1 takes you through the coastal foothills, and then out into the picturesque Awatere Valley and on to Kaikoura - a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds. A whale watching tour can take you to see Humpback and Southern Right whales mixing with dolphins and orcas. Continue on the route inland which takes you past the entrance to the ski village Mount Lyford. Soak in the hot springs at Hanmer Springs or go for a scenic walk.
Christchurch is the South Island's biggest city. It has a history as an eclectic city of elegance and contemporary culture, but has unfortunately been struck by a number of large earthquakes in recent years. There is still plenty to explore though: Take a break from the road and cycle along the picturesque Avon River, mountain bike down well-worn tracks in the Port Hills and enjoy delicious dining options in the central city. Make sure to visit Sumner Beach and explore the Antarctic Centre.
From Christchurch it's pleasant drive down the coast to Dunedin and on a clear day the Southern Alps provides outstanding scenery for the journey. Dunedin is a nice stop where you can enjoy the historic public buildings, grand churches, extravagant homes and ornate hotels. Continue south and take the ferry to Stewart Island where you can spot kiwis on Ocean Beach, walk among the birds on Ulva Island and hike the tracks through the park.
Next up on your road trip is Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park and the famous Milford Sound. The road to Milford is one of New Zealand's most scenic drives, but it can be quite challenging, especially in winter (June - August). A cruise on Milford Sound will take you to see tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces, and colonies of seals.
Surrounded by stunning mountains and a crystal-clear lake, Queenstown is one of New Zealand's most popular destinations. It's the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungee jumping, jet boating, horse trekking, river rafting, river surfing, winter skiing and gourmet food and wine on offer. It is also a great place to base yourself to see some of the most stunning Middle-Earth filming locations.
You can't say you've seen New Zealand unless you've seen the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers! The road to the glaciers takes you via Wanaka and you will get the chance to see Fox Glacier. Allow plenty of time for the drive as there are plenty of remarkable scenery along the way. If the weather is clear, take a side trip to Lake Matheson for a stunning view of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook.
Greymouth is the largest town on the west coast and is known for its awesome seascapes. Classic west coast river and forest scenery leads you east from here. Rushing water, impressive bridges and tiny towns gradually give way to the misty mountains of the Southern Alps and eventually the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch.
Canada: the vast land of modern cities and nature wonders. One of the best ways to explore this huge country is by car, and there's no way you would then want to miss the iconic Rocky Mountains!
This majestic mountain range acts as a base for a multitude of different national parks and nature activities, making its exploring a MUST for any Canadian road tripper. So: fasten your seat belt and prepare for an unbelievable journey across this awe-inspiring terrain!
Start your epic road trip from Edmonton and drive towards the mountain to Jasper National Park. Experiencing Jasper is truly epic you'll find endless amazing views and wildlife. Try hiking or mountain biking, and don't forget to take a walk around the beautiful glacier lakes of Lac Beauvert, Lake Annette or Lake Edith. And, make sure to enjoy at least one of the awesome hot pools around the area!
Tip: The camping areas are really modern, so a few nights here instead of in the town could make your experience that much more authentic.
Plan on an early rise, because on the way to the mountain town of Banff you should definitely make a stop at the Columbia Icefield. At an approximately 2 kilometers altitude, you can trek on the glacier that feeds the water to the beautiful lakes below. We definitely recommend the couple-of-hour long hike with a local guide!
Banff is a cozy mountain village with youthful vibes. Don't miss Sulphur Mountain, which you can conquer either with a gondola or an exciting hike up (or down) the mountainside.
These famous lakes are a must-see on this journey. Pack up your hiking shoes and make the two-kilometer hike up to the viewpoint on Lake Louise, and reserve enough time for the iconic pictures you will take at the Moraine Lake! Alternatively, you could also visit the lakes already before entering Banff.
Pick your favorite activity and head off to this amazing reserve! In Yoho National Park you can once again enjoy the wonders that Canadian nature has to offer.
For camping you might want to check out the quaint mountain town of Golden, and do NOT forget to ask about the river rafting opportunities! River rafting on the Kicking Horse River is an exciting experience that you will remember for a long time. The ride is not a Sunday cruise though, so hold on to the ropes!
After hiking through the wilderness, you can take a moment to relax your weary bones and dive into a small part of Canadian history.
While making a pit stop in Kamloops, you can visit the exhibition of the city's evolution through the gold rush up until modern days at the Kamloops Museum and Archives. Outside the you'll find an archaeological site and a reconstructed village.
Afterwards, you might want to head to the high country and its alpine flower meadows for an epic sunset.
Now you're are getting closer to the sea! The Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park is a beautiful sight in the Hope area. It centers around the Othello tunnels and the Coquihalla river, since in 1914 the Kettle Valley Railway was pushed through here against many odds. Today you can walk the abandoned rail to the tunnels, enjoy a magnificent view of the rapids up on the canyon and have picnic on the downstream area of Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park.
Vancouver is a vibrant city which offers everything from amazing flower gardens to cool nightlife!
If you still haven't had of the nature scenery, we suggest you make the two-hour drive along the Coast Mountains to Whistler. The drive itself is already an experience, since the varied views are more than likely to catch your breath away! Winter time Whistler is famous for its skiing while it's equally great for summer hiking.
Ready for the most epic road trip you will ever go on. The road trip route also known as The Garden Route takes you through a South Africa in miniature, allowing you to experience all the highlights this mesmerizing country has to offer.
The journey kicks off in Cape Town where jump into your rental car and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. Along the route, you will experience beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages, pulsating cities, worn down townships, stunning sceneries and majestic wildlife. In short: South Africa in a nutshell.
Start your South African Journey by exploring youthful Cape Town. Catch the sunset from Table Mountain, visit the infamous Robben Island and have a glass of local wine in Cape Town's vibrant waterfront area. Be sure to take a surfing lesson while you are here, it is sure to come in handy later on the trip.
After exploring Cape Town, head out to Cape Point, where you can stand on the point where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. Climb into the lighthouse for the best view of both land and sea! Afterwards, continue to Simon's Town's Boulder Beach where you can say hi to the South African jackass penguin. (Yes, they are actually called that.)
Where you should go next depends on how adventurous you are. If you would like to have a chill day, then head off to Hermanus - a charming fishing village where you can spot whales between May and October. If you are up for some adrenaline, then head to Gansbaai to try shark cage diving - a truly unforgettable experience.
Next, travel inlands towards Oudtshoorn, a small town where you can experience life on the countryside and the awe-inspiring Cango Caves. Which is a network of limestone caves with tunnels and chambers stretching out over several kilometers. No doubt, you will be impressed.
Ready for more adrenaline? Continue on your way to Knysna where you can enjoy the quite small town atmosphere before you throw yourself off the Bloukrans Bridge in the world's highest bungee jump (216 meters). Afterwards, reward yourself with a delicious seafood meal, a regional specialty.
The time has come to head to Port Elizabeth, known as the friendly city. This is a great place to go diving or try sand boarding, but to get a better idea of how life is like for many South Africans, head out on a day trip to one of the surrounding townships. If you want to make a difference, this is your chance to get involved in some volunteer work.
For those wanting to explore more of what South Africa has to offer should definitely visit Durban. The city is renowned for its wonderful beaches and its great surf. Enjoy a traditional South African BBQ and take a sundowner on one of the many rooftop bars before you continue on your way.