This highway stretches 2,448 miles and has twenty-two must-see landmarks. It starts in Chicago, Illinois and ends in Los Angeles, California, spanning a sizeable chunk of the USA with lots of roadside landmarks in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.
As for essential sights, make sure you stop off at Chloride, Arizona, a ghost town from the Old West, or enjoy the neon lights, including maybe getting lunch at the 66 Diner, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The sea views and the pier in Santa Monica, California mark the end of the iconic Route 66, just half an hour away from Los Angeles.
This highway runs almost the whole length of Argentina along the Andes. It starts just on the border with Bolivia (Quiaca) and snakes all the way down to Cabo Vírgenes (Santa Cruz) at the tip of Patagonia.
Stretching more than three thousand miles, it’s one of the longest routes. It winds through eleven provinces, twenty-one nature parks and twenty-seven mountain passes.
In the province of Catamarca, you can turn off onto the Route of the Seismiles, flanked by fourteen volcanoes soaring over 20,000 feet in height.
When it comes to attractions, one must-see is the Perito Moreno Glacier particularly in the summer, between November and March.
This coast road, also called Strada Statale 163, runs between Sorrento and Amalfi and commands breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Dotted with historical villages, the stunning Amalfi Coast is famed for its terraced vineyards on lower slopes.
There are almost 75 miles of curves for adventure seekers, including winding coastal roads and a mile long climb to the peak of Mount Tre Calli.
Recommended stops: Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and Capri.
The great thing about this road trip is that you can decide to take just the Norwegian stretch or also venture into Sweden and Finland. The final destination always remains the same, which is the northernmost tip of the North Cape.
If you go via Sweden, there are 1,219 miles of road ahead. On the Norwegian side, the fjords and their breathtaking views are the major tourist attraction. What’s more, this route takes in the Atlantic Road in Eida, where you’ll get to marvel at bridges that are true feats of engineering.
And from May to July, the famous midnight sun will light up your route.
This is a drive of just under two hundred miles starting off in the Cabo de Gata Nature Park, home to some stunningly beautiful cliffs. Meanwhile, the province of Almeria boasts desert-like landscapes such as Tabernas, where dozens of westerns were filmed.
In the Sierra Nevada, the route snakes through the Alpujarra region, famous for its whitewashed mountain villages including Pampaneira, Bubión, Capileira and Lanjarón.
Just twenty-seven miles away is Granada, a great place to stop and soak up the true essence of Andalusia, such as its delicious cuisine and culture. Then get ready to fall in love with the spectacular Alhambra palace complex.
This is a mountain route of almost 1,000 miles winding through the Swiss Alps, linking the towns Thusis of Bellinzona.
The road here is more than 6500 feet above sea level. You’ll get to admire nature in its purest form, including vast swathes of forests, mountain scenery, marshland dotted with tiny lakes and even areas with glaciers.
Stop off in pocket-sized villages to savour some Gruyère cheese and Guetzli cookies or learn about the customs of places such as Appenzell, which still cherish deep-rooted Swiss traditions.
This route of almost 250 miles from Croatia down to Montenegro is packed with history and multiculturalism.
Start off in the Croatian resort of Split and head south to the stunning beaches of Dubrovnik along a road that commands spectacular views of the islands off the Dalmatian Coast.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the cities of Sarajevo and Mostar are well worth a visit. The road here passes through lofty mountains and impressive gorges. Once in Montenegro, you’ll be enamoured by national parks with canyons, soaring mountains and breathtaking bays.
This 180 mile coastal road runs along the Southern Ocean between Melbourne and the town of Peterborough. You can drive it in just one day, but why rush? You wouldn’t want to miss out on viewing the golden beaches, shipwrecks, whales, fishing villages and tropical rainforests.
What’s more, the coast is lined with massive limestone stacks that tower up from the ocean amid crashing waves. The Twelve Apostles are a great example of these, even though four have now eroded away. And for surf lovers, stop off at the beaches of Torquay to catch some amazing waves.