Roads Less Traveled

No matter which country you visit, the best way to see the sites is by going on the road.

While flying from one destination to another is quicker and probably more convenient, you miss a lot when you’re high above the mountaintops whereas if you drive, you can see more of the country. Hire a car and explore the roads less traveled.

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Manali Leh Highway, India

The Manali Leh highway is one of two ways to reach the Leh-Ladakh region, but it’s much more than just a road on a map. The Manali-Leh highway is also considered to be the most difficult motorable terrain in India, offering all the thrills of an adventure road trip if you plan carefully enough. The snow-capped mountains, distant valleys, and the cool mountain breeze set the scene for your amazing 478 km road trip. This is a popular highway, so you’re likely to make friends with cyclists, motorists, and maybe even a few hitchhikers on your pitstops.

Romantic Road, Germany

The Romantic Road that travels through Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in Germany got its name from the fact that the Romans originally used this road to march through Europe. As a coincidence, it’s also a popular honeymoon destination. There are many historic sites to explore along the Romantic Road, including the picturesque Dinkelsbühl’s old town, which has somehow managed to stand still and retain its charm since the Thirty Years War.

Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

The longest coastal route in the world runs 2500 km up the west coast of Ireland, with spectacular views of enormous sea cliffs and incredible beaches as your scenic backdrop. Even while driving, it can take between two and four weeks to complete this trip, so make sure you plan a few stops to some Irish pubs along the way. Also, it would be a shame to see all those amazing beaches and not stop to take a dip. There’s so many offbeat things to do on Wild Atlantic Way that it may take you even longer to finish.

Route 66, USA

It’s not often that a road is considered retro, but Route 66 has managed to make a name for itself amongst road enthusiasts.

Also known as the Mother Road, Route 66 was once the main route from Chicago to California. It served as a pass for those who were migrating west, particularly during the 1930s. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway, and those same businesses later suffered when it was removed from the United States Highway System in 1985.

Now, Route 66 has experienced a revival on the back of the nostalgia train. Drivers have their pick of motels to stay in overnight, plenty of stops to eat in, and it’s the best way to see America.

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