It doesn’t matter anymore if it’s the road less traveled; with summer upon us and covid-19 refusing to allow the world to travel far and wide, road-tripping is our only refuge. Thanks to Instagram, the idea of a road trip has turned into one that gets everyone excited. Right from a long, cross-country journey with your friends or a trip to your nearest beach with the family, the options are many and certainly the safest. International travel isn’t going to be on the cards for a long time to come, but that shouldn’t stop you from fuelling your wanderlust. As per research provided by Pentagon Motor Group after analyzing more than 7 million Instagram hashtags to find the world’s most stunning routes, Australia’s Great Ocean Road was dubbed the most beautiful road trip in the world. This was followed by California’s Big Sur and Jebel Hafeet in the United Arab Emirates, proving that no matter which part of the world you reside in, there is a scenic road trip waiting for you. Let’s explore the top 10 most Instagrammable road trips according to Instagram and let the daydreaming commence:
10. Icefields Parkway, Canada, 144 miles, 781 pictures per mile
More than 100 ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls, dramatic rock spires, and emerald lakes dot the stretch of road from Jasper to Lake Louise making it a breath-taking drive. Take a day off your busy lives and spend it on this drive through Banff National Park, from pristine Lake Louise to the ski resort town of Jasper.
9. Olympic Peninsula Loop, USA, 300 miles; 798 pictures per mile
The Olympic National Park is defined by the picturesque 300-mile loop which includes an awe-inspiring variety of terrain, including glacial lakes teeming with salmon and beaches with tidepools and driftwood. It is a spectacular way to see the natural beauty and wildlife of Washington State.
8. Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland, 1,553 miles; 853 pictures per mile
Extending along the western coast of Ireland, the Atlantic Drive is not only the most spectacular wild stretch of coastline but also one of the most scenic drives in the world, replete with rocky headlands, cliffs, and inlets, highlighted by water shooting up from blowholes. Continue the fun on offshore islands with megalithic sites to explore and pubs where you can kick back with a fireside pint.
7. Going-to-the-Sun Road, USA, 50 miles; 940 pictures per mile
This is the first road in the world to achieve a status as a National Historic Place, National Historic Landmark and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. It’s an unforgettable experience for several reasons but the most prominent being the possibility of witnessing wildlife sightings on their trip across the Sun Road!
6. Blue Ridge Parkway, USA, 469 miles; 1,148 pictures per mile
The parkway is America’s longest linear park, running for 469 miles (755 km) through 29 Virginia and North Carolina counties, linking Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This beautiful place is flanked by old-time farms and towns coupled with a stunning landscape in fiery shades.
5. Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa, 5.5 miles; 3,425 pictures per mile
Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular coastal drives in the world made truly mesmerizing owing to the presence of whales and dolphins splashing in those deep-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Cape Peninsula on the other. It is fondly known as “chappies” in Cape Town.
4. Hai Van Pass, Vietnam, 13 miles; 4,298 miles pictures per mile
The highest pass in the whole of Vietnam, the Hai Van Pass is known as a “ribbon of perfection” and was dubbed one of the “best coastal roads in the world. sweeping views of the South China Sea make it a scenic route and preferred choice for motorcyclists and selfie-takers alike.
3. Jebel Hafeet, United Arab Emirates, 7 miles; 4,840 pictures per mile
With 60 bends and an ascent of about 4,000 feet into 7 miles, this stretch of road is just over 7 miles long. It’s a 2.5-hour drive that takes you to the peak and its palace for sunset. Saying it is stunning is an understatement, and claiming no Instagram filters necessary is accurate. A bonus at the end of the road is a palace belonging to the country’s rulers, which makes a great photo opportunity.
2. Big Sur, USA, 90 miles; 5,226 pictures per mile
Spectacular natural features and pristine scenery make this winding, two-lane road a perfect location for a road trip offering the best of both worlds with mountains on one side and expansive ocean views on the other end offering endless photo-ops to visitors. To name a few, there are natural wonders like ancient redwoods and migrating whales to lighthouses and Bixby Bridge, an art deco marvel that’s starred in a car commercial.
1. Great Ocean Road, Australia, 157 miles; 8,418 pictures per mile
Stretching over 242 kilometers, the route brings forth unmatched natural beauty, shipwreck stories, and surfing culture. Its frequently changing and dramatic landscapes and views make it Australia’s most famous coastal journey that will introduce you to the iconic 12 Apostles, rock stacks that rise spectacularly from the crashing Southern Ocean, and even a Koala or two.
[Via: Tatler Hong Kong]