When you think about taking a road trip, you could be forgiven for only considering the United States. But Europe has some of the best road trips in the world, and since there are so many countries so close together, you could easily do multiple road trips in a short period of time.
The team at YourParkingSpace have put together a great infographic with some super interesting information about the best road trips in Europe. If you’re considering taking a road trip sometime soon, here are some of the most scenic options in the world:
If you’re looking for a high, dramatic mountain pass for your road trip, you can’t do much better than the Stelvio Pass. In 2008, Top Gear voted this as one of the best driving roads, due to the incredible views of the Swiss and Italian Alps.
There are 48 different switchback turns as you drive up the pass, and each has been numbered so you can keep track on your way up. While this drive will only take you around an hour and seventeen minutes, be sure to stop off on the way down- there are a few vantage points with amazing views.
Old Military Road
If you’ve been to Scotland, you may have heard of Old Military Road. Many people regard this as the UK’s best driving road, and you’ll travel through the Scottish Highlands, enjoying gorgeous views, hairpin turns, steep gradients, and more. The Old Military Road A939 and A93 travel through the Cairngorms National Park, where you may spot grouse, deer, and even snow rabbits.
This drive will take you less than two hours, and you’ll travel past Balmoral Castle, ending at Grantown-on-Spey.
The Susten Pass is widely regarded as one of the world’s best roads. This is often grouped together as one of the “Big 3” passes, including Furka and Grimsel. You’ll climb 2,224 meters as you enjoy incredible forward views, sweeping valley roads, and switchbacks. This trip will only take around an hour to complete, but the pass is only open between June and October. Since it’s so popular, you may want to travel mid-week so you can avoid the busiest periods.
Black Mountain Pass
Located in Wales, this road connects Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen with Llandovery, and is known as one of the best roads in Wales. You’ll travel through the Brecon Beacons National Park as you twist and turn over the Black Mountain. Expect to be entertained with plenty of switchbacks, hairpins, and sharp corners.
This is a short drive, at just 40 minutes. You’ll need to keep an eye out for livestock who have a tendency to suddenly appear on the road, especially when you’re coming around a blind corner.
This is an excellent option if you’re looking for a road trip that won’t be packed with people. While it’s a popular drive, it doesn’t often get busy, which means you can choose to spontaneously drive it whenever you like.