The cost of motoring is on the up, with fuel and insurance prices spiralling. However, this doesn’t seem to have dampened the popularity of the road trip holiday, which is still a very popular holiday choice for a large number of motorists. This could possibly be a result of it becoming engrained in recent popular culture as a holiday possibility on the back of the popularity of television programmes such as Ewan McGregor’s ‘Long Way Round’.
We therefore take a look at the top 5 most spectacular road trip holiday locations from around the world:
5. Death Road, Bolivia
Photo by Szymon Kochanski
This 70km stretch of narrow winding road is certainly not a trip for the faint hearted, with the road not having any safety barriers or fencing to separate those brave enough to traverse it from the 800 metre vertical drop which is just inches away. There is at least one fatality every two weeks along this stretch of road, with countless numbers of vehicles littering the landscape at the bottom of the drop. Even if you are an adrenalin junky, please take care and don’t get over confident when traversing this treacherous stretch of road.
4. The White Rim, USA
Photo by Rob Lee
While Death Road is known for its treacherous nature, the White Rim Trail located in the Canyonlands National Park in Utah is known for its remarkable scenery and the driving challenge. Stretching out over 100 miles, the White Rim Trail passes by remarkable visitor attractions such as Indian ruins and also offers a spectacular view of the Colorado and Green rivers. It is recommended that you allocate up to two days to devote to this region if you happen to visit and take a four wheel drive vehicle which will make traversing the sandy desert slightly easier.
3. Great Ocean Road, Australia
Photo by Joe Shlabotnik
Only one word can be used to describe the Great Ocean Road in Australia; breath-taking. Running for 243km along the coastline in the state of Victoria, the road was built by soldiers who had returned from the First World War. It has since been listed as an area of Australian Nation Heritage and holds the record for being the largest war memorial in the world. The Great Ocean Road is a fine memorial to their efforts and really has to be seen to be believed.
2. Stelvio Pass, Italy
Photo by mfurdyk
The Stelvio Pass is the steepest climb up the Italian Alps, with an elevation of 2757 metres. Covering 75 km in total and with 48 hairpins, the Stelvio Pass is a notorious car breaker. You really should make sure that you have a breakdown cover policy in place prior to setting off. MoneySupermarket.com recommends comparing deals through as many different providers as possible in order to make sure you are getting the cheapest breakdown cover policy available. However, it is not just a car breaker; and can be extremely challenging for even the best of drivers with maintaining concentration at all times being a necessity. Nevertheless, you may consider it all worthwhile in order to behold the breath-taking scenery.
1. Col de Turini, France
Photo by goron
Whether we like to admit it or not France is the homeland of Motorsport, with the first ever Grand Prix’s having been held in the country on the 22nd July 1894. It was organised by the Le Petit Journal and covered a distance of 128km between Paris and Rouen. France has remained at the forefront of motor racing, playing host to the legendary Le Mans 24 hours race and of course the Monte Carlo Grand Prix in the glamorous principality which is situated in the South of France. Located just one hour’s drive from the principality is the ultra-challenging Col de Turini stretch of road which actually has been used as a stage on the Monte Carlo Rally on numerous occasions.
The picturesque location was also used as the location of the 1997 James Bond film Goldeneye; playing host to one of the franchises most famous chase scenes. This really is a must visit destination for all petrol heads.