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Classic American road destinations, Death Valley and The Pacific Coast Highway both have names that promise a promising adventure. Death Valley and the ghost towns, narrow canyons and open deserts around it are like an invitation for tough guys and people to escape the bars of society, while the Pacific Coast Highway promises the clear beauty of American beauty by the sea – dramatic cliff walls, beaches, secluded bays, mountain forests and protected wildlife.
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These road trips are made for a honeymoon. In the best case, the car is something slim, open and Italian. The clear sea, the bright villages and stone churches of the Amalfi Coast between Positano, Sorrento, Ravello and Amalfi are well equipped with small boutique hotels, hidden bays and intimate café terraces where you can watch the sunset and realize the dream of the classic Eloper. A trip along the French Riviera between Nice and Monte Carlo smells of Playboy chic, especially if you happen to win money in one of the casinos lining the route. For lovers of the title, the Romantic Road from Heidelberg Castle to Neuschwanstein Castle runs along the old trade route between medieval towns and fairytale castles.
The Karakoram Highway follows the route of the ancient Silk Road to one of the world’s highest mountain passes between some of the world’s highest landscapes around K2, Nanga Parbat and Gasherbrums I-IV. The Carretera Austral or Southern Highway runs on a largely unpaved odyssey through Patagonia, stopping in remote towns.
The journey between Marrakech and Essaouira over the Atlas Mountains is a little out of your way, but the journey south, through spectacular desert scenery, between the snow-capped celestial scratches of the Atlas Mountains and along ridges over lush, hidden valleys, takes you to the edge of the Sahara and into the Atlases before the coast of Essaouira lies before you.
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For picturesque days full of distractions and attractions and evenings in comfortable B&Bs, a trip along the Irish Antrim Coast Road, past the Mourne Mountains, Carrickfergus Castle, Bushmills, Dunluce Castle, the Giant’s Causeway and the Glens of Antrim, or on the America’s Blue Ridge Parkway, though the Great Smoky Mountains, are great family trips.
Finland’s 1000 Lakes Trip is an eight or nine day Scandinavian family classic. From Helsinki, it winds its way around the beautiful lake country, between the 187,000 lakes, with overnight accommodation in cosy country towns. The Reykjavik Akureyri Route with Geyser, the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is another excellent choice for sightseeing and you can do it in one day by taking snapshots along the way or driving slowly and admiring the sights.
Hawaii’s Hana Highway, from Pa’ia to Hana, is a much shorter journey, but with much to see, from bamboo and eucalyptus groves at waterfalls to panoramic views of the Pacific that you will remember for the rest of your life, while the Overseas Highway from Miami to Key West, which runs 113 miles across 43 long, flat and straight ocean bridges, is equivalent to island hopping.
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Follow the unpaved tracks of Che Guevara between Santa Cruz and Vallegrande as he traveled through Bolivia and finally calmed down, or follow the Viking’s first incursions into Canada on the Viking Trail. Passing the Nordic landing site at L’Anse aux Meadows, and through Gros Morne National Park, for rock art and staying there, this trip also takes you between pretty coastal towns, most of which have a local Viking museum where the local relics can be housed.