The Best Coastal Road Trips Around the World

The open road is calling people! It’s time to have your own road trip adventure this summer by driving along one of these iconic coastal roads. Enjoy the big blue sea on one side and the ever changing scenery on the other. With an endless possibility of stop offs along the way, you could never get bored, so what are you waiting for? Get driving!

California’s Highway 1

Perhaps the world’s most iconic coastal road trip. Do it in style by renting a mustang in San Francisco and driving south along Highway 1 to Los Angeles. It might be pricey, but the natural beauty of the Golden State cannot be beaten.

Make sure to make stops in Carmel-by-the-Sea for the 17-Mile Drive and tasty Mediterranean food at Dametra Café, San Luis Obispo a.k.a. “America’s happiest city”, Santa Barbara for a charming walk around down town and Malibu to feel like a true beach bum.

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii

The Road to Hana, connecting Kahului to Hana is more than 50 miles of turquoise surf, bamboo forests, red ochre hills, waterfalls and lush rain-forests. This road is not for the faint hearted though. It takes three hours to travel and from the sky looks like it was carved into Maui by a giant running his finger along the island’s curve. Take your time and make plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the scenic jungle and beautiful beaches.

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland

Not as well known as some of the other road trips featured on this list, but definitely not one worth missing out on. Northern Ireland is beautiful, and for fans of Game of Thrones, it’s your chance to explore some of the filming locations in the iconic TV series, like Ballintoy, which was used as the harbour of the Iron Islands. Also in Ballintoy is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Built by salmon fisherman, it crosses a chasm 100 feet above the safe – cross if you dare!

Of course the most famous stop along the way is the UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can stand tall atop the 40,000 basalt columns or hike along the cliff-top trail.

The Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

The 150 mile Great Ocean Road was built as a memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War One but now serves as an exciting 1-2 day road trip. Starting in the surf town of Torquay, it winds along past Lorne to Port Campbell, the home of the 12 Apostles. Sadly the Apostles are slowly disappearing into the sea, so now is the time to go. As you travel down the coast, be sure to stop off at the iconic surf point at Bells Beach, made famous by the cult classic film Point Break.

Oregon Coast Highway 101, USA

One of the most famous landmarks on the Oregon coast at Cannon Beach is Haystack Rock, a.k.a. Goonie’s Rock after it featured in the 1981 film The Goonies. Travel two hours south of Cannon Beach to Cape Kiwanda at Pacific City. Pacific City is a chill surfer’s cove with waves breaking around sea stacks and features a brewery right on the beach.

Be warned though, the Oregon weather is unpredictable and the clouds could roll in at any moment.

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