10 Most Popular Road Trip Destinations in 2019
Are you thinking about going on an amazing holiday, but not sure where to go? Take a look at 2019’s 10 most popular road trip destinations you need to visit and make those travel dreams a reality!
From Blue Lagoon in Comino, to the world famous Blue Grotto, Malta is a dreamy paradise smack bang between the Mediterranean and Sicily. The public transport system in Malta is famously never on time however hiring a car is a super cheap option. It’s a win-win, if you think about it. If your dream holiday consists of al fresco dining, cobble streets, sunny days at the beach and amazing nightlife, then guess what? Malta will be your dream destination. You can fly into Rome and road trip down to the south of Italy and hop on a ferry to Malta or, fly in direct to Malta airport and pick up your car hire there.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast – you may not have seen this magical place in person just yet, but you definitely would have seen it sprawled across the accounts of high profile Instagrammers. For a road trip to remember, pick up your car hire in Rome. Your first stop should be Naples! Wine, dine and eat copious amounts of Pizza. You can also check out the ruins of Pompeii and the historic city centre. An amazing next stop is Sorrento, a vibrant and diverse town. You’ll drive along iconic roads and see amazing views. Positano is one of the most trendy places in the world. Think aqua water, beachy vibes and stunning scenery. Other must-see stops are Salerno and Tivoli.
Great South West Edge, Australia
From Perth to Esperance, the Great South West Edge of Australia is a stretch of road that is filled with white sand beaches, unbeatable views, national parks and unforgettable roads. From Lucky Bay – a beach where you’ll find adorable kangaroos, to the stunning rock formations at Sugarloaf Rock, and the pink Lake Hillier, there are countless camera worthy destinations dotted all the way down the west coast of Australia. You can pick up your car hire in Perth and start your road trip from there, heading south.
With breathtaking winding roads, world-renowned restaurants and vibrant nightlife, Lisbon is an iconic paradise that has become a travellers hot spot over the past few years. The range of traditional landmarks and up and coming architecture and culture means you’ll get the best of both worlds in Lisbon. You can fly into Lisbon Airport and pick up your rental car and road trip to Cascais and Sintra to Lamego and Porto.
Known for its cenotes (underground water reservoirs), Tulum is an ideal summer road trip destination in Mexico. If you are looking for picturesque and camera-worthy scenery as well as an amazing location to relax and unwind, you need to add Tulum to your road trip bucket list. Cancun is pretty close by as well which you can drive to. From reef snorkeling, exploring cenotes, to the Playa Paraiso (beach), Tulum Ruins, and drool-worthy food, you’ll be in heaven right here in this must-visit travel destination. Pick up your car rental from Tulum Central and start exploring cenotes!
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Filled with an abundance of sea life, Kaikoura is a coastal town located in the South Island of beautiful New Zealand. This coastal town is known for its whale, dolphin, seal and albatross habitats that can be found at any time of the year! There are a ton of tours you can go on to take a closer look at these stunning animals. When you visit this location, you’ll see why Kaikoura has become a popular holiday destination. Maybe it’s the breathtaking scenery that New Zealand is absolutely filled with, or maybe it’s the amazing weather and wildlife. No matter what you’re looking for, this location has probably got it, if we’re honest. Pick up your rental car in Christchurch and travel along the coast north to get to Kaikoura.
New Orleans, USA
Keen on neverending nightlife, historical architecture, an awesome music scene and of course, the famous Bourbon Street? New Orleans really has it all. Locals recommend hanging out in the French Quarter. Aside from the French Quarter, make sure you check out the Garden District, New Orleans Museum and Art Gallery, and simply explore these vibrant streets. There are countless places to pick up a rental car regardless if you are travelling from other states or flying into a nearby airport.
From exploring Scotland’s stunning scenery to its majestic castles and driving routes, Scotland really knows how to impress. From coastal delights, impressive wildlife and even island hopping, Scotland is a tourist hot spot, and for good reason. Guess what? If you didn’t think Scotland could get any better, you can even see the Northern Lights right here. Road trip around Scotland, relax in the countryside, explore the world-famous wineries and distilleries for an amazing road trip experience. Depending on where you are wanting to begin your road trip, you can pick up your rental in either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport.
From the Brandenburg Gate, to the bustling arts scene, plethora of gardens, cathedrals, concert halls, museums and art galleries, Berlin is a vibrant capital city. Full of quirky things to do from exploring abandoned airports, checking out Reichstag’s Dome (Germany’s parliament) and the culture and history, Berlin is definitely worth the visit. Whether you are spending a few days or weeks here, you’ll never run out of things to do. Flying into Tegel airport? You can pick up your rental from right here.
Great Smoky Mountains, USA
Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains are known as one of the most popular national parks in the world? You’ll find this breathtaking park in North Carolina and Tennessee. While you are exploring the area with your rental car, make sure to drive through Newfound Gap Road and hike the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Cades Cove and Clingmans Dome. After experiencing the Great Smoky Mountains to its fullest, you’ll see exactly why this location is being added to countless travel itineraries. Nashville and Memphis airport have car rental options for you.
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These places seems a piece of heaven on earth. Every pictures looks so magical and contented in itself!!
I love Tulum, a wonderful place for family vacations