It’s true that planning a road trip at this moment is somewhat unrealistic due to all the travelling restrictions regarding the pandemic and the need to protect ourselves and others, but we should be optimistic and believe that the current restrictions will be lifted soon and that we’ll be able to hit the road once again. So, as you’re forced to remain in your home, use this opportunity to plan your next big road trip adventure. To help you choose the best routes, we’ve prepared several suggestions which you should definitely consider.
The Silk Road, China
The international trade route that connected China and the Mediterranean for almost two thousand years is today one of the most popular and famous travel routs in the world. The whole route spreads over more than 4,000 miles across countries, but you don’t have to drive the whole distance. Instead, you can focus on taking a 7-day road trip in Northwest China, where you can explore some of the most evocative sites of the Silk Road.
Take the sleeper train from Lanzhou to Dunhuang, home to the famous Mingshsa Hill, Crescent Moon Lake. Also, visit Mogao Caves, featuring 492 Buddhist cave temples. From there, driver to Yumen Pass, a.k.a. Jade Gate, which is actually the extension of the Great Wall. Return to Dunhang and head towards the Rainbow Mountain in the Danxia Scenic Area. Finally, continue your trip to Xining, where you can see Kumbum Monastery, where you get to admire the beauty of religious sculptures made with Tibetan yak butter.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Being one of the countries with most amazing landscapes, Australia simply had to be included. Among many scenic routes, we’d like to recommend the Great Ocean Road, which winds through historic seaside towns, along breathtaking beaches and amazing national parks. At the end of this 200-km route, you’ll find the Shipwreck Coast, home to some of Australia’s most spectacular natural scenery.
The road starts at the town of Torquay, just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Nearby, there is Bells Beach, one of the world’s greatest surfing beaches, while just beyond Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet is the famous Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch, which honors the returned soldiers who constructed the famous road after the First World War. The best time to visit the Great Ocean Road is in the off-season, in order to avoid extremely high temperatures and crowds. What you need to do, though, is make sure your car is in perfect condition for the demanding conditions in this part of the world. Also, make sure you know where you can get the state-of-the-art motor accessories, which you might need for your trip.
Around Las Vegas, USA
If you’re based in the US, you might want to consider a road trip around Las Vegas, which would allow you to do and see many interesting things. Start the journey in Vegas, since most sites are close to it and you can also find affordable flights into Vegas. We recommend you first visit the Grand Canyon and continue towards Page, Arizona to visit Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Horseshoe Bend is a short hike down to see the Colorado River as it bends around in a horseshoe shape. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon carved out by water.
Another site worth visiting is the Zion National Park, which is great for hiking. You can also visit the Narrows, another slot canyon, or you can go on a hike to the famous Angel’s Landing. Finally, take a 40-minute drive to Kanab Canyon from the main entrance to the park. From there, it takes about 4 hours to get back to Vegas, where you can try your luck in one of many casinos.
London to Edinburgh, UK
Those residing in Europe could drive from London to Edinburgh and enjoy natural and historic sites along the road. The drive takes you through most of England and you can visit cities like York, Liverpool or Manchester, as well as some incredible UK national parks like the Lake District, Peak District, or the Yorkshire Dales. Driving between the two cities, instead of flying, will allow you to see some areas of the country that few tourists take the time to. While thousands of tourists flock to Oxford or Cambridge, far fewer take the time to explore cities like Newcastle or wander between the villages in the Scottish Borders region.
These are just some ideas for you to consider while preparing your next road trip. Hopefully, we’ll soon be able to travel more freely and you should use that opportunity to experience some of the most scenic and attractive routes in the world.