Travel plans may be in the distant future in minds, but once they open up the world again here’s some great ideas for a road trip, hit up all five of these top highways to drive in the world.
The Alcan Highway – Canada/USA
This scenic highway is one of the most beautiful trips you can take on an open road in Canada. The roadway opened up in 1948 as a connector to the mainland USA and it’s state of Alaska. The Alaska Highway was the engineering marvel of World War II and was once described as the largest and most difficult construction project since the Panama Canal. The Alcan Highway is 2,224 Km/1382 miles long and stretches from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to
On your trip you’ll pass through Fort Nelson, Watson Lake and Whitehorse before hitting the Alaskan border. You’ll have to wait for the borders to open up to get the full experience into Alaska as it is a US state and requires a passport to enter.
On this trip, you’re likely to see a lot of wildlife, mountains, lakes and northern lights.
Pacific Coast Highway – USA
You can start this journey just south of Canada in Seattle, Washington and make your way to San Diego, California. This trip is one of the most popular because of it’s coastal scenes, wildlife, logging, national parks and 206 kms of California.
Notable stops along the way:
- Olympic National Park, Washington
- Astoria & Fort Clatsop, Oregon
- Redwood National Park, California
- San Francisco, California
- Los Angeles, California
Route 1 – Iceland
Route 1 or the Ring Road is a national road in Iceland that runs around the island and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. Having driven in Canada your whole life, you’ll really resonate with Iceland’s climate and road conditions, all 1,332 kms of Route 1. The route also takes you past many great attractions and offers plenty of options for detours around the island which allow you to explore hidden gems.
And if you think our northern lights are amazing, you’ve got to see Iceland’s; they are simply marvelous.
Milford Road – New Zealand
Described to many as an unforgettable journey into the heart of Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area, the Milford Road in New Zealand is a must-travel for any road trip enthusiast. Give yourself plenty of time to travel the roadway as you’re surely to see striking and significant features and national treasures revealed along this route. Although the route is relatively short in comparision to other highways featured on this list, only 120 kms, it’ll feel like you need a lifetime to take it all in.
This is the kind of trip you take more than once in a lifetime. At first glance you may think it nothing more than what you see in Canada’s Rockies, but you’d be mistaken. This roadway is more dangerous and more breath taking. Really the pictures do not do it justice, but here’s a few nonetheless.
Chapman’s Peak – South Africa
Chapman’s Peak Drive is known as one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world, it winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast on the south-western tip of South Africa. This trip is short, incredibly sweet and for the serious adventurers.
At only 9 kms long, the drive has 114 curves and is often regarded as the most rewarding toll road in the world. On one side you have a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and on the other the Western Mountains of the Cape Peninsula.
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