Which countries are best for road trips? See the top 5 in the world
Some travelers are now rethinking their plans to fly because they have seen the Covid-19 variant of the highly transmissible micron.
While travel bookings are surging this year,Some are still sticking to one of most important trends emerging from the pandemic: The road trip.
Anja Benson (public relations manager, Holidu), stated that driving can reduce your chance of being exposed when you interact with large groups.
Road trips also give travelers the chance to “clear their minds — something that many will be keen to do after almost two years of being cooped up inside,” she added.
Holidu created this list to encourage travelers to take to the roads. It’s “Cross-Country Road Trip IndexPublished December 12, 2008. We analyzed various factors, including road quality and gas prices in 118 countries.
The website also considered the number and quality of UNESCO World Heritage Sites within a country, along with the ranking of the 100 most populated cities worldwide. BestCities.org.
All of these factors were equally weighted in the ranking. Benson said that when two countries are tied, the one with the most road infrastructure won the title. This is because Benson believes “having good roads to drive on” is an important factor for every roadtripper.
These are the five top countries, as well as famous routes to each country.
You are at home 29 of the 100 best-ranked cities in the worldThe United States has many landscapes for road warriors. These range from deserts and mountains to forests and glaciers.
It also ranks eighth for quality roads.
U.S. Route 66
- Popular Route: Chicago to Santa Monica Pier, California
- Distance approximately 2,450 miles
The old U.S. Route 66 stretched across three time zones and eight states — Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Route 66, also known as “America’s Mother Road”, was closed down in 1985 by American transportation officials. They decertified the route and voted for its removal. Although the route is still easily traced by drivers, the highways now have different names.
Roy’s Motel & Cafe along historic Route 66 in Amboy, California.
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Anyone who does can see St. Louis’ Gateway Arch. half-buried cars at the Cadillac RanchOutside of Amarillo Texas, and Route 66 relics on Flagstaff walking tours, Arizona.
There are many small towns that offer old-fashioned diners, vintage barbershops, and remnants of 20th-century Americana along the way.
Pacific Coast Highway
- Popular route: San Diego (California) to Olympic National Park in Washington
- Distance approximately 1,250 miles
Pacific Coast Highway — called “the 101,” “Highway 1” or “PCH,” depending on the location — extends much of the length of the U.S. West Coast, providing breathtaking views of the coastlines of the Pacific Ocean.
It passes through national parks and beaches, as well as picturesque coastal communities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as other cities such as Santa Barbara and San Francisco.
You can relax on famous beaches like Huntington Beach and Long Beach.
Bixby Bridge at Pacific Coast Highway near Big Sur in California
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A shorter route can be taken by drivers who start in San Juan Capistrano (Southern California) and stop at Leggett (northern San Francisco). This is about half of the trip, and still covers most California coastline.
Mexico, a country known for its beaches and vibrant culture, is home to 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 7. The number of Heritage sites is the highest in the world.
Mexico, like its northern neighbor, has both mountain and desert ranges. It also has jungles, which give it an edge when it comes to the number of animals present in the country — another factor in the road trip ranking.
Baja California Peninsula
- Popular route: Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas
- Distances of approximately 1,625 mi
Baja California, which is located south of California in Mexico, has been recommended by many travel guides.
Cabo Pulmo is a popular stop for road trippers. While most diving is for the experienced diver, you can still see Mexico’s marine life.
Cabo Pulmo is a great place to whale watch, as humpbacks and gray whales are often spotted around the lagoons.
Yucatan Peninsula Loop
- Popular route: Cancun, back to Cancun
- About 1,460 miles
The Yucatan Peninsula is a great place to visit for its culture, history and many famous beach resorts.
Drivers can choose their own path, but common routes include a stop to see the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza — designated one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” in 2017 — and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Mayan monuments of UxmalThe Spanish colonial port town of Campeche.
Tourist stands in front of the alga-tinted pink Los Colorados lakes in Yucatan.
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Travelers can also stop at Playa Del Carmen and Tulum on their way to Cancun. The Las Coloradas collection of pink lakes is another picturesque spot, but visitors are not allowed to swim there anymore.
Holidu’s survey ranks Canada 6th in the World for its “natural resources,” which includes its national parks.
Also, the country scored well for its infrastructure road network, with cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal earning top marks. Best Cities list.
- Popular route: Victoria, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Labrador
- About 4,860 miles
Trans-Canada Highway, which runs through every province in Canada, is known to be the longest and most popular national highway. The scenic views and breathtaking scenery along the Trans-Canada Highway can be enjoyed for up to a month.
Autumn colors on the Trans-Canada Highway in British Columbia near Golden. Canada
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For many roadtrippers, Glacier National Park hiking is an unforgettable experience. It is accessible all year round, with campsites opening in June and the ski season starting November through April.
Sea to Sky Highway
- Popular Route: Horseshoe Bay to Whistler (both in British Columbia).
- Distance: About 75 miles
A road trip along the Sea to Sky Highway — officially Highway 99 — is filled with natural, cultural and outdoor sport attractions.
Road trippers often drive for several days, even though the drive is relatively short. Travelers have the opportunity to make stops at scenic spots like the Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish. It takes visitors to 885 metres (2,900 feet), above the sea level, and offers panoramic views of coastal mountains.
The gondola is open to families that come for skiing, hiking, and snowboarding during winter.
Malaysia has been ranked number five in Asia for its affordable housing, fuel, and food costs.
According to Holidu’s Benson, “One of the things that Asia has for road-trippers is valuefor money.” Malaysia comes in at $1.87 per gallon, making it the seventh-cheapest country for gasoline.
Kuala Lumpur – Cameron Highlands
- Distance: About 125 miles
It takes half a day to drive from Kuala Lumpur’s buzzing capital city to Cameron Highlands, high up in the mountains.
Cameron Highlands has many tea plantations, hiking trails and is much cooler than the rest of Malaysia.
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Strawberry picking season typically lasts between May and August. But, visitors who come at other times of the year can still visit the local bee- or butterfly farms.
Cameron Highlands are also known for their tea plantations. For those who want to relax and enjoy afternoon tea, the region is surrounded by rolling green hills and English-styled cottages.
Petaling Jaya to Langkawi
- Distance approximately 300 miles
This road trip covers most of Malaysia’s western coast, from Petaling Jaya — a city on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur — to the islands of Langkawi, which are accessible via ferry.
Langkawi Sky Bridge features a popular curved suspension bridge.
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Travelers can take a breather from the scorching heat by stopping at the Taman Eko Rajimba Kanching waterfalls, which have seven levels. You can reach the airport in half an hour. Selangor Fruit ValleyThe 646-hectare, tropical fruit farm has a petting area and tram ride.
Road trippers passing the Argentinian capital city of Bueno Aires — ranked No. 64 on the List of 100 best cities — can “explore its mansion-lined cobblestone streets, bustling boulevards and its nightlife that goes on until dawn,” said Benson.
For those looking for quieter travels, the Yacutinga Rainforest and Andes Mountain Range are great options.
- Popular route: Cabo Virgenes, Patagonia to La Quiaca, Jujuy province
- Distances approximately 3230 miles
Argentina’s Route 40 has been described as one of the most memorable road trips anywhere in the world.
Ruta de los Siete Lagos is also called Route of the Seven Lakes in Argentina.
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Route of the Seven Lakes, one of the main highlights of the route, is probably the Route of the Seven Lakes. The lake area offers many opportunities for visitors to spend a day discovering the mountains, villages and blue waterfalls.
There are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way, including Los Glaciares National Park — the country’s largest national park — and the Cueva de las Manos, or “Cave of Hands,” with cave drawings of human hands executed between 9,500 to 13,000 years agoAccording to UNESCO,
Salta to Buenos Aires
- Distance: About 925 miles
This is the most popular route for travelers. They spend the weekends in Mendoza which is Argentina’s wine country. Many of the vineyards here produce the country’s signature wine grape — Malbec. It is popular to ride horses and enjoy breathtaking views.
Mendoza Wine Region, Argentina: Vineyards
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Tourists looking for adrenaline thrills also flock to the area, as there are many options to paraglide and whitewater-raft on the Mendoza River.