Hit the Highway and Experience These Epic Road Trips Around the World
If there is one thing on your checklist this summer it should be an epic road trip! From United States, Pacific Coast Highway to China’s over-water highway, there is a route for everyone. Just take your pick!
Pacific Coast Highway - San Francisco, United States
This legendary route is a must on your road trip checklist. The highways hugs the Pacific Ocean and winds its way down the idyllic California coast from San Francisco to San Diego and is known for having some of the most scenic views in the world. With over 1,000km of stunning coastal vistas, picturesque seaside villages and untouched forests, the Pacific Coast Highway does not disappoint. Be sure to take a break and stop off at one of the many sunny vineyards scattered along the route.
Where to stay: You can find all the romance of France right in the heart of San Francisco at this family-owned hotel. Ideally situated just a short stroll from the vibrant Union Square, the Cornell Hotel de France presents a beautiful fusion of old-world charm and modern amenities - wake up to a full breakfast and admire prints of masterpieces from famous artists around the world. Be sure to check out San Francisco’s legendary Chinatown, take a ride on the city’s historic cable car and hire bikes to cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Hidden Highway - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Explore the dramatic landscapes of England and Wales on one of the most rural and scenic routes in Britain. Be immersed in endless green fields dotted with rose-clad cottages, medieval castles and quaint villages, all with gorgeous farmers markets. Take a pit stop in the famous town of Hay on Wye, which hosts the annual Festival of Literature every summer. The town has recently been dubbed ‘One Big Library’ and features the world’s largest second-hand antiquarian book centre.
Where to stay: The charming country estate of Meeson Hall, nestled in the Shrewsbury countryside, dates back to 1640. This historic property offers spacious and elegant rooms, private parking and bicycle hire. This old English manor is perfect spot to recharge your batteries after exploring the Hidden Highway. Get out the car and stretch your legs with a stroll around the estate’s eight acres of landscaped grounds and paddocks.
Great Ocean Road - Melbourne, Australia
Battling the Pacific Coast Highway for the title of most scenic coastal drive in the world is Australia’s Great Ocean Road. Set along the southern coastline, this is one drive where you’ll have to fight to keep your eyes on the road and not the scenery. Tracing the shore between Geelong and Warrnambool, expect cliff-hugging roads, seascapes to die for and lush rainforests and waterfalls at every turn. The 275km route starts in the surf capital of Torquay and winds its way along the coast of Victoria. Do not miss the Cape Ottaway Lightstation, Australia’s oldest lighthouse, or the towering limestone stacks of the Bay of Islands.
Where to stay: Spend the night in the heart of Australia’s most vibrant city at the QT Melbourne, located just 200m from the Regent Theatre and 500m from Federation Square. This gorgeous hotel features a rooftop terrace with incomparable views of Melbourne City, an onsite restaurant, café and bar, and luxurious rooms with flat screen TVs. Booking,com guests have rated the QT as one of the best locations in Melbourne.
Southern Scenic Route - Queenstown, New Zealand
The Southern Scenic Route combines deserted beaches, native forests, waterfalls, lakes and snow-covered peaks all into one breath-taking road trip. The 610km route starts at Queenstown, meanders down to Fiordland, and then explores the rugged southern coast through Invercargill and back up to Dunedin. You will fight over the passenger seat as every second of this journey will bring you unforgettably captivating views.
Where to stay: Start off your road trip right by staying in one of New Zealand’s most exciting cities, Queenstown! Check into the luxurious Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown - MGallery Collection. Ideally located just a seven minute walk from the beach and featuring indescribable views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.
Overwater Highway - Xingshan, China
If a long-distance road trip is not for you, but you’re still seeking scenic views, then the China’s Overwater Highway is the way to go. Forget walking on water, how about driving on it! The seven-mile road linking Xingshan County in Hubei to the high-speed motorway of G42 is built in the middle of the river and follows the natural curve of the valley. Even though this is the shortest route in our round-up, passengers will still be treated to incredible views of the valley and nearby fishing villages.
Where to stay: The luxurious InterContinental Tangshan in Wanda Square looks out to the scenic DaZhao Park and the Tangshan Seismic Memorial. Guests will adore the indoor pool, fitness centre and pampering spa treatments, and the famous South Lake and Tangshan Anti-Earthquake museum are both just a short drive away. The onsite restaurant, Phoenix All Day Dining, serves international dishes from live cooking stations, as well as a daily buffet breakfast.
*According to data collected by Booking.com with 12,781 respondents across 13 markets in September 2016. Respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in 2016 and had to be planning at least one trip for 2017. All respondents had to consider themselves part of their travel decision-making process.