You may assume that the United States and a long road trip go hand-in-hand. But the first ever road trip by car actually took place in Germany. In fact, Europe has some of the world’s most stunning routes for road trips, with plenty to do and see along the way. If you’re wanting a little more inspiration for your next trip to Europe consider these 20 historic sites everyone should see in Europe!
YourParkingSpace.co.uk has put together a pretty awesome infographic, with information about some of the best European road trips (check it out below). Here are a few reasons why you may want to head to Europe next time you get the urge to hit the open road:
This incredible route is located in Italy, and this mountain pass is one of the highest and most dramatic in Europe. In 2008, Top Gear voted it as one of the best driving roads, and you’ll struggle to keep your eyes on the road as you gawk at the Swiss and Italian Alps.
Luckily, you can take a break at the Albergo Tibet Hotel and whip out your camera for stunning shots of the pass.
Old Military Road
If you’ve always wanted to drive through the Scottish Highlands, this is your chance. Old Military Road is considered by many to be the best driving road in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll be in the middle of the Cairngorms National Park, so be prepared for steep gradients and twisting hairpin turns.
This drive takes almost two hours, but you’ll want to keep an eye out for the different wildlife here. Expect to see grouse, snow rabbits, and deer.
You’ll start at the Bridge of Cally, before travelling into the Cairngorms National Park. Wave to the Queen as you pass Balmoral Castle, and then enjoy views of the highlands on your way to Grantown-on-Spey.
In Switzerland, you’ll find Susten Pass- known as one of the best roads in the world. Expect to enjoy challenging switchbacks, incredible forward views, and sweeping valley roads. This is a quick drive, at just an hour long, and open for drivers between June and October. Since it’s only open seasonally, it can get super busy- particularly on weekends. Go mid-week to avoid most of the traffic.
You’ve probably heard of the Black Forest in Germany, and it’s particularly popular as a road trip spot for bikers. Route 500 travels north through sweeping, fast sections with tight switchbacks and dense forest trails.
Head out in the morning if you can, since this route is also busy during the day. If you don’t hit traffic, the whole route will take less than an hour. Take your camera, as there are some gorgeous views at the highest point, with lots of places to park and enjoy the scenery.
Check out some more of the best European road trips in the infographic below. Have you taken any of them? Let me know in the comments!