Africa

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Garden Route, South Africa

Hugging the eastern coastline of South Africa, the Garden Route takes you through the nation’s hits. There are farm stalls brimming with local produce, reserves with wildlife like elephants, ostriches, and monkeys, and memorable scenery throughout. Hiking, swimming, and surfing are all on offer, and you can finish days with a local glass of wine from one of the many wine farms along the way.

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Guide to South Africa
Guide to South Africa
For an Intimate Look at South Africa’s Booming Art Scene, Head to the Townships
For an Intimate Look at South Africa’s Booming Art Scene, Head to the Townships
Guide to Cape Town
Guide to Cape Town

North America

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A Loop out of Anchorage, Alaska

This seven-day journey that starts and ends in Anchorage is an outdoorsy road-tripper's dream. You’ll be awestruck by Denali National Park, as well as the less-trafficked and equally beautiful Wrangell—St. Elias. You’ll meet sled dogs and sample Alaska’s bountiful produce at organic farms along the way. If you’re really adventurous, take a detour on a bush flight and enjoy Alaska’s small-town delights—and its famous salmon. You’ll want to make time for a glacier trek, so don’t forget your fleece and hiking boots.

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Guide to Alaska
Guide to Alaska
Over the Fjords and Far Away: A Remote Alaskan Lodge Takes You Deep Into the Wild
Over the Fjords and Far Away: A Remote Alaskan Lodge Takes You Deep Into the Wild
The Ultimate Ways to Discover Alaska’s Vast Wilderness
The Ultimate Ways to Discover Alaska’s Vast Wilderness

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Perhaps the most iconic of road trips, California’s Pacific Coast Highway takes you all along the state’s picturesque coastline. Winding through beach towns, big cities, and miles of untouched coast, PCH is the perfect way to see the Golden State. There are aquariums, a castle, and, of course, jaw-dropping scenery on this route. Be sure you plan enough time to take it slow, watch for whales, and, when you’re at the car rental, spring for the convertible.

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Guide to California
Guide to California
The Future of the Great American Road Trip Is Electric
The Future of the Great American Road Trip Is Electric
15 of the Best Audiobooks for Road Trips
15 of the Best Audiobooks for Road Trips

San Juan Skyway, Colorado

This quick jaunt among the 14,000-foot peaks of southwestern Colorado has no shortage of dramatic vistas. The roads are not for the faint of heart—10,000-foot passes beckon. Stomach-churning heights give way to sprawling pastures and waterfall-flecked canyons. Hot springs and tiny mountain towns also make this road trip an irresistible stunner.

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Guide to Colorado
Guide to Colorado
The Sweetest Small Towns in the U.S. to Visit This Summer
The Sweetest Small Towns in the U.S. to Visit This Summer
Colorado’s Best National Parks and Monuments
Colorado’s Best National Parks and Monuments

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina

A five-day journey along the Parkway from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Asheville, North Carolina, showcases the wonders of Appalachia. You’ll sample local cheeses, seasonal, farm-to-table cooking, and barbecue. Down-home bluegrass music plus local crafts make for a truly authentic trip into this scenic, mountainous region. There’s no shortage of hikes, ranging from easy to difficult, including an opportunity to set foot on the storied Appalachian Trail.

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Guide to Virginia
Guide to Virginia
The Best Tools for Planning a Road Trip
The Best Tools for Planning a Road Trip
Download and Buckle Up—These Are the Best Podcasts for Your Next Summer Road Trip
Download and Buckle Up—These Are the Best Podcasts for Your Next Summer Road Trip

South America

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Patagonia Lake District, Argentina and Chile

Outdoor adventures await throughout the Lake District in northern Patagonia in Argentina and Chile. From white-water rafting to heli-skiing to hiking, there’s something for everyone no matter the season, all amid charming, European-style towns. National parks, volcanoes, and the eponymous lakes dot the route, offering arresting views and more places to stop and explore than you’ll have time for. Locally sourced steak and trout will keep you fueled up on this weeklong journey.

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Guide to Chile
Guide to Chile
How Chile’s Oldest Grape Became the Unlikely Star of a Natural Wine Movement
How Chile’s Oldest Grape Became the Unlikely Star of a Natural Wine Movement
6 Essential Stops Along Chile’s Epic Route of Parks
6 Essential Stops Along Chile’s Epic Route of Parks

Europe

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Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

A drive along Ireland’s windswept coastline brings endless opportunities for nature walks and hunkering down in cozy pubs. You’ll encounter live traditional music and plenty of chances to get on the water, from boat tours to kayaking. Dolphin and whale-watching tours, too, are on your route. Castles and colorful villages also take center stage on this trip. Although our itinerary covers five days, you could easily take two weeks to discover this massive, 1,600-mile route.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Driving in Europe
Guide to Ireland
Guide to Ireland
How to Get an International Driver’s Permit
How to Get an International Driver’s Permit

North Coast 500, Scotland

This 516-mile loop out of Inverness showcases the rugged beauty of northernmost Scotland. Cathedrals, historic sites, and distilleries abound here, and you’ll need at least five days to wind your way around the scenic drive. Accommodations range from rustic to country luxury to castle estates, so there’s something for every type of traveler. Fill your plate with loads of seafood and game, then burn it all off with hikes, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.

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Guide to Scotland
Guide to Scotland
5 Tips for Planning (and Surviving) a Mega Road Trip
5 Tips for Planning (and Surviving) a Mega Road Trip
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Scotland Is Now Home to One of the World’s Best New Road Trips

Diamond Circle, Iceland

This less-traveled circuit in northern Iceland showcases the highlights. Waterfalls and colonies of puffins await alongside opportunities for whale-watching. Days filled with delectable seafood, ancient rock formations, and soaring views create the kind of trip that will have you stopping every few miles for a photo op. No trip through Iceland would be complete without geothermal baths, so a good soak is on your agenda as well.

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The Ideal Iceland May Only Exist in Your Mind
The Ideal Iceland May Only Exist in Your Mind
Guide to Iceland
Guide to Iceland
How to Plan Your Ideal Icelandic Adventure
How to Plan Your Ideal Icelandic Adventure

Australia

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Great Ocean Road

Spend at least three days on a leisurely tour of Australia’s Great Ocean Road, a spectacular coastal route that runs south out of Melbourne. There are pristine beaches, yes, but also a stunning national park with waterfall hikes and zipline adventures. Add beachfront hotels and restaurants and you’ve got the makings of a truly special road trip, particularly if you take the time for a beach day or two as you explore. On this drive, you’ll want to remain beach-ready. Pack plenty of sunscreen.

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Guide to Australia
Guide to Australia
Guide to Melbourne
Guide to Melbourne
How the Australian Outback Is Poised to Become the Next Great Adventure Hub
How the Australian Outback Is Poised to Become the Next Great Adventure Hub