Epic Road Trips
Experience Epic Road Trips around the World with Booking.com
If there is one thing on your checklist this summer it should be an epic road trip! What a great way to travel with the roof down, the warm sea breeze blowing through your hair and your favourite playlists on repeat. Research from Booking.com*, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has revealed that almost a third of people around the world took a road trip in 2016 and are likely to take one in 2017. Not to mention 12% of Britons say that they are thinking about taking a road trip in 2017. Below, Booking.com highlights some of the world’s greatest road trips and the best places to stay to start or end your journey on a high.
Pacific Coast Highway - San Francisco, United States
This legendary route along the iconic California coast from San Francisco down to San Diego is known for having some of the most scenic views in the world. Over 1000km long, the Pacific Coast Highway does not disappoint - expect to see stunning coastal views, picturesque seaside villages, untouched forests and sunny wine vineyards along the route. The top nationalities that travelled to San Francisco in 2016 include British, Chinese and German.
Where to stay: Discover the charm of France 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, free breakfast and admire prints of masterpieces from famous artists around the world.
Hidden Highway - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
The Hidden Highway is the perfect choice for travellers looking for a relaxing road trip surrounded by the beautiful English countryside. Travel through one of the most rural and scenic routes in Britain, where you can expect endless green fields dotted with rose-clad cottages, medieval castles plus quaint villages and farmers markets. The journey is 280km long and a good stop off is the famous town of Hay on Wye, which hosts the annual Festival of Literature every summer. The top nationalities that booked Shrewsbury in 2016 include Australian, German and Irish.
Where to stay: The splendid country estate of Meeson Hall dates back to 1640 and is nestled in the gorgeous countryside of Shrewsbury, offering spacious rooms, private parking and bicycle hire. The perfect spot to recharge your batteries after exploring the Hidden Highway, Meeson Hall offers a relaxing stay perfect for a getaway to the countryside.
Great Ocean Road - Melbourne, Australia
Challenging the Pacific Coast Highway for its spot as one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world is the Great Ocean Road route, with its jaw-dropping scenery along the southern coastline. Tracing the shore between Geelong and Warrnambool, expect cliff-hugging turns, seascapes to die for and lush rainforests in your rear view mirror. The 275km route starts in the surf capital of Torquay; be sure to visit the natural beauty Apollo Bay and the Great Otway National Park, where you can swap the wheels for a spot of walking. Top nationalities that booked Melbourne in 2016 are Chinese, Kiwis and British.
Where to stay: Fun and affordable - the Melbourne Central YHA is the ideal pit-stop for travellers on a budget. Boasting a rooftop terrace with BBQ facilities and amazing views of the city centre, this trendy backpacker hostel is located in the heart of vibrant Melbourne surrounded by street art, cafes and unique bars.
Southern Scenic Route - Queenstown, New Zealand
The Southern Scenic Route combines everything from deserted beaches, native forests, rolling hillsides, waterfalls, lakes and snow-covered peaks - full of breath-taking views around every corner. The 610km route starts at Queenstown to Fiordland, Ta Anau and the iconic Milford Road to Dunedin. The top types of nationalities that booked Queenstown in 2016 were Australian, Chinese and British.
Where to stay: Start off your road trip in the right way with a stay at the boutique and luxurious Element Escapes Apartment, ideally located just a short walk away from the beach and a half hour drive from Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski parks. A perfect getaway for skiers, hiking enthusiasts and travellers along the Southern Scenic Route looking to start as they mean to go on.
Amalfi Coast - Sorrento, Italy
Not for the faint-hearted the route along the Amalfi Coast presents narrow-winding roads along steep clifftops, although passengers will be rewarded with stunning views of rugged shorelines, pastel-coloured fishing villages, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves. This 60km stretch of coastline between Sorrento and Salerno is hemmed by high mountains and offers idyllic waterfront boutique hotels and unspoilt coastal towns. The top nationalities that booked holidays to Sorrento in 2016 were English, American and Argentinian.
Where to stay: The exquisite Grand Hotel Royal boasts a stunning beach-front location and lush palm-filled gardens and scenic cliff-top views. Take a dip in the outdoor pool and admire panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius. In high season, guests enjoy free access to the beach, and free use of parasols, sun beds and beach towels.
Overwater Highway - Xingshan, China
If a long distance road trip is not for you, but you are still seeking scenic views, then the Overwater Highway is your best option. Forget walking on water, how about driving on water! Labelled as the overwater highway, 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. The top nationalities that booked holidays to Xingshan in 2016 were Taiwanese, British and Russian.
Where to stay: The luxurious InterContinental Tangshan is ideally situated in Wanda Square and looks out to the scenic DaZhao Park. Guests will love the indoor pool, fitness centre and pampering spa treatments, and the famous South Lake and Tangshan Anti-Earthquake museum are 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.