6 international road trips you wouldn't think to take but definitely should

Feb 26 2020, 12:46 pm

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With planes and trains being some of the most popular and abundant methods of travel, the tried and true road trip often falls to the side.

But there is a quiet, humble charm in packing up the car, creating an epic playlist, binging on snacks and hitting the open road.

Whether or not you have a specific destination in mind can be part of the fun, either you uncover some awesome undiscovered locations, or you build the excitement further and further as you drive closer to your coveted destination.

No matter what, you’re bound to create some legendary memories.

With that in mind, here is our list of 6 international road trips you wouldn’t think to take but definitely should.

The Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada

 

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Often viewed solely as the direct route to Whistler, Highway 99, known more commonly to locals as the Sea to Sky Highway, boasts outstanding views of British Columbia’s diverse and stunning natural landscape.

It takes drivers through the mountain town of Squamish, where they can see for themselves the breathtaking  Mount Garibaldi, the Stawamus Chief mountain, and the Tantalus mountain range.

If you have time to stop, we highly recommend taking the Sea to Sky Gondola to experience panoramic views of the extensive forests and mountain peaks, as well as where the mighty Squamish River meets the Pacific Ocean below.

The Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts, USA

 

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What originated as a Native American trade route before the arrival of European settlers has since become one of the most scenic road trip routes in the Northeastern United States.

The trail offers a multitude of viewpoints where you can admire the awe-inspiring terrain of Massachusetts, including the Bridge of Flowers, glacial potholes, and Tannery Falls.

This road trip route is especially ideal for nature lovers who are passionate about immersing themselves in nature completely with various nature parks with an abundance of trails to explore.

The Golden Circle Route, Iceland

 

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Iceland has experienced a substantial boom in popularity in recent years as a tourist destination, and the best and most practical way to explore the island is by car.

The Golden Circle features an abundance of sightseeing opportunities through three distinct, albeit beautiful, locations: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

Perhaps a favourable feature of this route is its length. None of the attractions are more than two hours from Reykjavík and you can visit them all in one day.

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

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The Cameron Highlands is the perfect road trip destination for those looking to explore the natural splendour of the Malaysian state of Pahang.

With adorable towns scattered throughout the mountains, the surrounding areas are made up of plantations for various products, including tea and a variety of fruits and vegetables.

It is also an ideal destination for those who enjoy hiking with multiple coloured trails outlining various routes through the densely forested mountains.

The Captain Cook Highway, Australia

Featuring extensive ocean views along with the lush foliage of the Daintree Rainforest, the Captain Cook Highway between Cairns and Daintree in Queensland, Australia is a must-see road trip to experience the natural wonders of Australia firsthand.

Play an active game of I-spy with the various wildlife and roadside attractions, and be sure to visit the adorable village of Port Douglas and take a break to explore Mossman Gorge.

Once you have made your way to Daintree, it is an absolute must to venture to the Great Barrier Reef and discover the breathtaking underwater world.

Overseas Highway, Florida, USA

 

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You don’t need to be a strong swimmer to enjoy this sight sea-ing experience.

The Overseas Highway in Florida is undoubtedly a unique road as it essentially journeys through a large portion of the most popular holiday destinations in Florida, including Islamorada, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and the Turtle Hospital.

Be sure that you have plenty of daylight to drive this road trip route to ensure that you don’t miss a second of the gorgeous views of idyllic blue waters and various water sports and activities taking place.


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