While right now might not be the best time to hit the road (stay inside, everyone!) it’s never too early to start planning your future adventure. If you feel very claustrophobic trapped in your house, you might be itching to start your car and have a road trip of your life. So, if you crave the freedom and wind in your hair, here are some of the best road trips you can take in 2020 or 2021.
Northeast Fall Color Road Trip
This interesting road trip is full of surprises—there’s a mountaintop here, a small town there and some beautiful scenery everywhere. Starting in New York and ending in Maine, this >400 miles route will take you next to some gorgeous sights. Don’t miss Mount Washington, the tallest point of the Northeast. If you love hiking, you can even pack your backpack and try a portion of the Appalachian Trails.
Atlantic Road, Norway
If you ever find yourself in Norway and have only a few hours to spend exploring the north, hit Atlantic Road. This route is only 8 kilometers long, but it crosses various small islands and impressive bridges. If you travel by plane, you can land at Kristiansund Airport, so that you’re very close to the Atlantic Road.
Gibb River Road, Australia
Made in the 60s for the purposes of transporting cattle, this 660-kilometer road goes directly through the heart of Western Australia from Derby to Wyndham. This adventure is perfect for all wilderness and history lovers because you’ll get to see countless cattle stations, gorges, waterfalls, sacred sites, rock art and interesting characters. Keep in mind that this is a serious 4WD trip, so make sure to get plenty of useful 4×4 accessories like auto electrical and lighting gear, navigation gadgets and many other necessary things for your long trip. Safety and comfort should be your priority always.
The Atlas Mountains, Morocco
This route will familiarize you with all the beauties Moroccan nature has to offer. The Atlas Mountains are surrounded by well-maintained roads, so you can just rent a car and hit the road. Locals are very welcoming and kind and safety is pretty good. Once you reach the heart of the Atlas Mountains, get ready to be welcomed with numerous hiking and biking spots, but don’t miss to visit the Majorelle Garden and the Ouzoud Falls. If you have time, you can even visit a Berber village!
The Nha Trang-Quy Nhon, Vietnam
This road is surrounded by towering mountains on three sides and a breathtaking bay on the fourth, which makes the Nha Trang-Quy Nhon one of the most popular destinations in Vietnam. The length of this road is just right—comfortable 134 miles. And if you wonder here in June (on odd-numbered years), you can even visit Nha Trang Sea Festival that lasts an entire week.
Route 40, Argentina
Route 40 is a true giant of a road trip and it cuts Argentina right through the middle, top to bottom. It will take you over hundreds of bridges and rivers, more than a dozen national parks and many cities. All in all, expect to feel exhausted yet very pleased with yourself after you defeat this South American road trip. However, be aware of the unpredictable road conditions, so it’s best to grab a vehicle that’s suitable for everything from smooth tarmac to potholes and gravel. Some spots have very little stops, so make sure to stack up on necessities like gas, food and water and let your mind wander as you enjoy the uninhabited land.
Start planning your next road trip now and you’ll be more than ready to hit the road once you get a green light. Whichever spot you choose, you’ll enjoy an adventure of a lifetime!