As every seasoned traveller knows, road trips are as much about the stories you bring home as the places you visit. According to Europcar, who have analysed 47 million Instagram images, these are the 10 trips you won’t forget in a rush:
1. Seattle to San Diego
Head from north to south along this 1,476 mile route that takes you through the best of USA’s west coast. Sound City itself Seattle is your first stop, before you’ll take in the views of Mount Rainier National Park, the wines of Napa and the wonder of the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll travel along the jaw-dropping coastal drive of Big Sur, through Santa Barbara and finish your expedition in San Diego.
2. LA to Las Vegas
Evoke the spirit of Hunter S Thompson along this iconic 324 mile drive. You’ll leave the sprawling metropolis of LA behind before finishing up in Sin City itself, Las Vegas. Along the way you’ll get back to nature at the Angeles National Forest before you meet made-made forests at Bottle Tree Ranch. Next the Mojave Desert beckons with a visit to Calico Ghost Town and the drive of your life at Red Rock Canyon.
3. Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
Journey from crazy to calm, with 309 miles of driving in between. The neon lights and the world famous strip of Las Vegas is where it all begins before you skip town to view the Hoover Dam at street and water level. You’ll then head out to the wilderness before learning about Route 66 and catching up with the Flintstones. What awaits you at the end will be the best of the lot.
4. San Francisco to Yosemite
Kick start with a little summer of love in Frisco (don’t let the locals hear you call it that) before heading behind bars at Alcatraz. You’ll then make the trip across the bay to the Oakland Zoo and to catch up with the cowboys of Oakdale. The true beauty of California will come to the fore at Red Hills, Tunnel View and the final resting point of Yosemite National Park, with its iconic half dome rock, star-filled night skies and cascading waterfalls. It’s 196 miles of classic California.
5. New York City to Toronto
Take in all the delights of New York State and one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan cities. This 493-mile North American expedition begins in the Big Apple before heading across the waters of the Hudson to New Jersey. You’ll soon be exploring the best of the state with hikes around Lucifer Falls and the peace and tranquillity of Seneca Lake, before you hit the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls, finishing up over the border in Toronto.
6. Route 66
Now this is real road-tripping. This rock star of routes sees you kick off in Santa Monica, CA, before experiencing the quirks of Seligman, Arizona, and the half-buried graffiti-covered Cadillacs at Cadillac Ranch in Texas. It’s then onto some natural wonders at Palo Duro Canyon State Park and a journey into the depths of the earth at Fantastic Caverns, before parking up at the end of 2,195 miles in arty Chicago.
7. Melbourne to Brisbane
Follow the backpackers, campervans, hitchhikers and adventure seekers on this 1262-mile trip up Australia’s east coast. You’ll kick off in hipster Melbourne where you can’t ignore the Neighbours tour (more Harold than hipster), then take in the views of Green Cape and the history of Central Tilba before arriving in glitzy Sydney with its iconic Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Darling Harbour. You’ll then take your leave to Brisbane via Myall Lakes National Park and the paradise of Coffs Harbour.
8. London to Paris
You’ll never forget this 344 mile trip between two of the world’s most famous cities. From London, you can drive through the Kent Downs which is an area of outstanding national beauty. Once across the channel, you’ll explore the historic buildings of Arras and two picture-perfect chateaus, before finishing up on the banks of the Seine in Paris for your culture, art and foodie fix. Oui!
9. Icelandic Golden Circle
Slip those snowshoes on and get ready for the ultimate 160-mile Icelandic adventure. You’ll begin your Scandinavian expedition in the capital Reykjavik, before heading to where it all began at Thingvellir National Park. After taking in the park’s tectonic plates, you’ll continue to marvel at the power of nature with trips to Geysir, Gullfoss, Secret Lagoon Hot Springs and Kerid Crater, before finishing your circular journey back in the capital.
10. Milan to Venice
Make your way from the streets of Europe’s fashion capital to the romantic waterways of Venice, with 263 miles of Italian life in between. This epic Italian expedition will begin with time to make the most of Milan, before heading to Roman-influenced Brescia, and on to the shores of Lake Garda, the balconies of fair Verona, and the beauty of Padua and Vicenza. Swap your car for a gondola in Venice and your trip is complete.