Skip to Content

Brilliant Road Trips Ideas For The Road Trip Of A Lifetime

Sharing is caring!

Looking for some great ideas for road trips? Interested in the best road trip destinations in the world? I have taken some awesome road trips. I bet you would enjoy them.

AMAZING IDEAS FOR ROAD TRIPS

Here’s my collection of top road trips I believe anyone should take once in their lifetime.
My selection of best road trips covers some of the best US road trips and best European road trips. I strongly believe they should be on any list of the top best road trips ever.

Best road trip ideas

1. TUSCANY ROAD TRIP

Tuscany road trip is one of awesome ideas for road trips

Tuscany is famed as one of the most beautiful regions in the world and one of the best road trip destinations. And I agree with it.

If you want to visit some of the most beautiful towns in Italy, the most romantic places in Italy, charming medieval hilltop walled towns, picturesque villages, scenic hills, panoramic fields, charming vineyards, adorable farmhouses, old fortresses and castles, finest Italian villas … while sampling flavorsome traditional Tuscan food and sipping popular Italian drinks, then pack your bags and take a road trip to Tuscany.

My Tuscany road trip was one of the most amazing trips I had ever taken. It covered the ‘crème de la crème’ of Tuscany: Florence, Sienna, Pisa, Viareggio, San Gimignano, Volterra, Lucca and the celebrated Chianti region.

The best time to take a road trip to Tuscany is from May to October. Although July and August are the peaks of the tourist season, May and September are the best months for visiting Tuscany Italy because of ideal temperatures and fewer crowds.

READ MORE: Tuscany Road Trip

Amazing road trip to Tuscany should be on any list of the best ideas for road trips

2. PACIFIC HIGHWAY SAN FRANCISCO TO LOS ANGELES ROAD TRIP

San francisco to los angeles road trip is one of amazing ideas for road trips

California is one of the best places to road trip in the world.

But driving the scenic route from San Francisco to Los Angeles is the ultimate US road trip.

If you are looking for the best scenic road trips in the USA, you should consider taking a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles via Pacific Highway 1. Or a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco via Pacific Highway 1.

Scenic San Francisco to Los Angeles drive is packed with stunning coastal views, pristine beaches, nature trails, unspoiled forests, lovely vineyards, upscale golf courses, luxury multi-dollar mansions, and picturesque Californian seaside towns.

My unforgettable San Francisco to LA road trip covered fascinating San Francisco, heavenly Monterey Peninsula, iconic Big Sur with the famous Bixby Creek Bridge and McWay Falls, romantic Cambria, Morro Bay aka the Gibraltar of the Pacific, stunning Santa Barbara, celebrities-loved Malibu, lovely Santa Monica and magical La La Land.

San Francisco to LA road trip is unquestionably the most scenic road trip in the US.

The best time to take San Francisco to LA scenic drive is April and May for sunny days without crowds.

READ MORE: Los Angeles to San Francisco Drive

Amazing San Francisco to Los Angeles road trip should be on any list of the best ideas for road trips

3. ANDALUCIA ROAD TRIP

Awesome Andalucia road trip is one of amazing ideas for road trips

If you are looking for the best ideas for road trips in Europe, please consider taking a road trip to Andalucia.

Andalucia is one of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the world.

Intriguing history, impressive architecture, lovely art, diverse geography, sandy beaches, lovely climate, exuberant fiestas, passionate flamenco, shocking bullfighting, and tasty gastronomy/tapas put Andalusia on the list of the best of the best places to take a road trip.

If you are dreaming of great road trips, the Andalucia road trip is a dream road trip I believe everyone should take once in a lifetime.

My Andalucia road trip covered spectacular Seville, Granada, Cordoba – 3 ultimate southern Spain destinations, Jerez de la Frontera – the heart of Andalusia,  Iznajar, Arcos de la Frontera, Ubrique – exquisite and genuine Andalusian ‘pueblos blancos‘, amazing Cadiz, marvelous Ronda and lovely Malaga – the capital of Costa del Sol.

If you spice your trip with some mouthwatering Spanish food, especially some Spanish delicacies like Spanish seafood dishes, most likely you will be coming back to Andalucia for the rest of your life.

The best months to take an Andalucia road trip are spring months (March, April, May) and autumn months (September, October, November) for pleasant weather.

READ MORE: Andalucia road trip

Perfect Southern Spain Road Trip is one of the best ideas for road trips

4. USA SOUTHWEST ROAD TRIP

Photo of the Cathedral Rock in Sedona among many incredible Arizona photos proving why you should visit Arizona

If you are searching for great ideas for road trips in the US, my ultimate USA southwest road trip might suit your taste.

Awe-inspiring US southwest is one of the best US road trip destinations.

Therefore, California to Arizona road trip is one of the most fun road trips and one of the best U.S. road trips you can treat yourself with.

Amazing Sedona, majestic Horseshoe Bend, surreal Antelope Canyon, breathtaking Grand Canyon, incredible Death Valley National Park, and one-of-its-kind Yosemite National Park are the top must-see places on a USA road trip!

My ultimate American southwest road trip started in Los Angeles and took me to renewed Palm Springs in California through the Sonoran desert to magical Sedona, spectacular Horseshoe Bend, surreal Antelope Canyon, and the unearthly Grand Canyon in Arizona, thrilling Las Vegas in Nevada, to fascinating Death Valley, majestic Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia, breathtaking Yosemite NP and captivating San Francisco in California.

Indisputably, California – Arizona – Nevada – California route is one of the best road trip routes in the USA.

READ MORE: SW USA Road Trip

The Perfect USA Southwest road trip goes from Los Angeles in California to Arizona and Nevada and back to California  ie Yosemite NP and san Francisco

5. LAS VEGAS TO DEATH VALLEY ROAD TRIP

Las Vegas to Death Valley road trip is one of best ideas for road trips

Nevada and California are fun places to road trip in the USA.

Las Vegas in Nevada and Death Valley in California are some of the most unique and exciting places to visit in the US.

Sin City is the Entertainment Capital of the World. Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth, the driest place in the US, and the lowest place in North America. 

Both are must-see places once in a lifetime.

Walking the Las Vegas Strip, watching the glorious dancing waters of Bellagio fountains, appreciating replicated St. Mark’s Square of the Venetian, admiring Cirque du Soleil’s performances, or trying the luck in the Sin City is a must-do once in a lifetime.

Supernatural Zabriskie Point and mysterious rolling stones on the Racetrack Playa are must-see places once in a lifetime. Breathtaking Dante’s viewpoint, cruel but sublime Badwater Basin, quirky Devil’s Golf Course, eye-catching Artist Palette, Sahara-like Mesquite Sand Dunes, and Mars-like volcanic Ubehebe crater are places to go once in a lifetime.

Visiting spectacular Death Valley National Park in California from Las Vegas in Nevada on a road trip is an absolute must.

The best time to visit Death Valley is from mid-October to mid-May. December and January are the peak months.

Hmm, how does the idea of New Years’ holidays in Las Vegas with a road trip from Las Vegas to Death Valley resonate with you?

READ MORE: Las Vegas to Death Valley road trip

Amazing Las Vegas to Death Valley Road Trip belongs to the list of the ultimate road trips ideas anyone should take once in the lifetime

6. SAN FRANCISCO TO YOSEMITE ROAD TRIP

Visiting Yosemite from San Francisco by a camper van

Looking for some more good places to go on a road trip?

To say it once again, one of the brilliant places with an abundance of the beauty of nature and excitement for great road-tripping is without a doubt California.

Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most spectacular national parks in the world.

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the US and one of the most beautiful cities in the world overall.

Luckily, Yosemite and San Francisco are within 3 and a half hours’ driving distance.

Jaw-dropping Yosemite NP is a unique place in the world shaped by glaciers, erosion, and weather for 30 million years. Words don’t do justice to the beauty and glory of Yosemite National Park.

The best way to see the greatness of Yosemite NP and the surrounding area is to rent a car in San Francisco and enjoy the beauty of San Francisco to Yosemite road trip!

Only a few road trips in the world might beat the marvelous San Francisco to Yosemite road trip!

READ MORE: San Francisco to Yosemite road trip

Amazing San Francisco to Yosemite road trip is one of the best road trip ideas

7. PUGLIA ROAD TRIP

Polignano a Mare is one of the best places to visit in Puglia Italy
Polignano a Mare (Photo by ⒸWorldTravelConnector)

Gorgeous Puglia in southern Italy is one of the most beautiful Italian regions.

Beautiful Puglia is a region of dramatic white cliffs, crystal clear azure and turquoise seas, impressive white and golden sandy beaches, majestic pebble beaches, rocky mountains, green forests, stunning whitewashed towns, Romanesque and Baroque architecture, hundreds-years old olive groves, extensive vineyards, incredible fortified farmhouses, unique stone huts, and four World Heritage sites. 

The region covers the impressive land between two beautiful seas (the Adriatic sea and the Ionian sea), one gulf (the Gulf of Otranto), and a water passage (the Strait of Otranto). Puglia is one of the best road trip destinations for beach lovers, nature enthusiasts, culture travelers, and gourmands (delicious Apulian cuisine and Puliglia food will make you appreciate the tastiness of authentic Italian food even more!).

My Puglia road trip was one of the most beautiful trips I’ve ever taken! My Puglia road trip covered UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Alberobello and Monte Sant’Angelo), the Baroque City of Lecce (nicknamed ‘Florence of the South’), Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church in San San Giovanni Rotondo (the third most-visited Catholic pilgrimage site), the White City of Ostuni, cliff-standing Polignano a Mare, whitewashed seaside town of Monopoli …and spectacular Matera (a UNESCO site on the Basilicata- Puglia border).

If you are looking for some best road trips to take, please add a Puglia road trip to your bucket list! Visiting incredible Puglia by car is a must-do in a lifetime!

READ MORE: Puglia road trip

Ideas for best road trips
Amazing road trip routes

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.