We love driving and exploring new places, well we should do as those two activities take up the majority of our blog name! So, when we recently came across Chill Insurance and their ‘Irish drives eBook series’, it got us thinking about our favourite road trips. Road trips give you the freedom to explore in your own time, allowing you to take the ‘other’ road and just seeing where you end up. We must admit although this usually ends up being good fun, things can become eventful, like having to dig your car out of black volcanic sand in an 80mph snow storm.
San Francisco To San Diego, USA
One of the classic USA drives, the 600-mile Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to San Diego takes in one amazing destination after another. Try whale watching in Monterey before driving the twisting roads of Big Sur. Visit the vineyards around Santa Barbara before arriving in La La Land itself. if you fail to get a role in the next Hollywood blockbuster then continue down the coast to ‘classy‘ San Diego, thanks to Ron Burgundy, from the film Anchorman for the description.
The Ring Road Of Iceland
The 850 mile Route 1 ring road around Iceland is a perfect trip to experience the beautifully rugged landscape of this volcanic island. From snow-capped mountains and glaciers to black sand beaches and of course, waterfalls.
We would recommend taking at least 7 days to complete the route, maybe slightly longer if you want to make the most of all the route has to offer. We particularly loved glacier hiking on Svínafellsjökull, Goðafoss, Lake Myvatn and Akureyri. In the summer months a standard car is fine but when we visited in February we were glad we had a 4 wheel drive.
The Ring Of Kerry, Ireland
The Ring of Kerry is a beautiful 110-mile circular drive in the South West of Ireland. Although it can be done in a day, like all these road trips the longer you take, the more you can discover and enjoy. The best place to start is Killarney, spend a night there first to get experience the Irish craic at a couple of its traditional music pubs. If you are not suffering too much from the night before get an early start and head to the rugged Killarney National Park for some spectacular views but don’t forget your raincoat.
New Orleans To Memphis And Nashville, USA
After experiencing the drink, jazz, food and voodoo of New Orleans take Highway 61, the Blues Highway north to Memphis. Stop off in Natchez to visit the grand antebellum mansions and don’t forget to wear your best hoop skirt embellished with as many ribbons and bows that you can fit. Also, if you are interested in American Civil War history the city Vicksburg is definitely worth a visit. For those with more time, take the old Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile scenic drive through three states.
Memphis needs no introduction with its rich musical heritage and famous for a young singer called ‘Elvis’, you may have heard of him! Finally, get your cowboy boots on and head east down the I-40 to Nashville and an evening at the Grand Ole Opry.
Venice To The Dolomites, Italy
We know, Venice with all its canals doesn’t sound like the best place to start a road trip. We actually start from Venice Marco Polo airport which is only a short flight from the UK, you can get some great views of Venice and the Grand Canal as the plane comes into land.
Taking a trip into the beautiful Dolomite mountains of Northern Italy is probably the last thing most visitors to Venice think about, but the snow-capped mountains and exclusive resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo (host of 1956 Winter Olympics) are only two and a half hours away. Not long after leaving Venice the scenery starts to change and the mountains start to loom up on the horizon. Make sure to take your time and being Italy, there is always somewhere to stop and grab a coffee and enjoy the view.