Hit the road! These are the best destinations for campervanning
Posted on 01/03/2019
One of the best ways to explore the world is by campervanning. Firstly, it's often cheaper than other modes of transport, and the cost-benefit ratio is high as you can see so much more. Taking a campervan gives you the freedom and flexibility to follow your nose and stop whenever and wherever you want, something that's usually not provided by regular tourist agencies. Campervanning is the ultimate way to explore some of the world's most scenic roads and destinations, especially those off the beaten path. If you're feeling adventurous enough to hit the road like a true hippy, take a look at our list of the best destinations to put your long-distance driving skills to the test.
1. New Zealand
With stunning landscapes, New Zealand seems custom-made for the ultimate road trip. Drive across impressive scenery, from green rolling hills, magnificent fjords used as film locations, through mountains and along the rocky coast with deserted beaches. New Zealand is a free camping nation, meaning you can literally park almost anywhere you want. Camping is a very popular activity among both the locals and overseas visitors, so during your stay you'll easily find plenty of useful information about camping sites.
There are a lot of various options and routes for a road trip here. Firstly, decide which part of the island you wish to explore, the South or the North Island. You might think that they're identical in terms of landscape and climate, but they couldn't be more different.
The South Island
New Zealand's South Island is larger and best known for its impressive inland mountains and fjords and its nice coastline. During the journey across South Island, you'll see postcard-perfect Lake Wanaka surrounded by scenic mountains and hills. Also, you'll get to experience the charm of Queenstown and stand in awe ofTwelve Mile Creek. New Zealand's wine country, famous for its vineyards and lakes, is located on the north side of the island. One of the most famous sites is the Marlborough Sounds, an ancient series of sunken valleys.
The North Island
The North Island is famous for its beautiful coastline with lots of white sand beaches and hot springs. Drive along the gorgeous sun-kissed coastline and stop for a refreshing swim at some of the most incredible beaches. The most popular beaches can be found in the Bay of Islands, Northland, and around the Coromandel Peninsula. On this route visit the country's largest city, Auckland, and Tongariro National Park famous for volcanic landscapes. Also, spa lovers will enjoy the part of the island around Rotorua, known for natural hot springs and geothermal and mud pools.
The land of chateaus and Michelin-star restaurants might seem an unlikely choice, but it's actually a great place to park your campervan! In France, experience the beautiful coast, valleys, quaint villages and feel the charm of the countryside. And when you get tired from driving, stop to eat some fresh baguettes and croissants or local cheese combined with wine. Sounds like a perfect road trip, right? France offers a ton of different routes and each one is beautiful and unique in its own way.
The Loire Valley
One of the most beautiful drives is the Loire Valley, where you can find some of the most impressive castles in the country. Local villages here are magical and will make you feel like you're in a medieval fairytale. Close to Loire is the wine region of Bordeaux, a playground for all wine lovers. Stop and taste the world's best wines at bargain prices.
Another famous route in France is the famous French Riviera in the south of the country. The beautiful beaches, amazing food and picturesque French villages you'll see along the way guarantee a memorable trip. Enjoy the beautiful cities of Avignon, Nice, Cannes, Arles or Aix-en-Provence.
3. The United States
Thanks to movies and modern pop culture, the United States is an iconic destination for a road trip. It's the coolest way to explore the country's varied landscapes and historic sights. The list of routes to take across the US might seem endless, because the country is so big and offers so much to see, but here are just a few that are sure to have you packing your bags.
Route 66 is the legendary, classic US road trip, starting at Lake Michigan and taking you all the way to sunny California. Enjoy the open road and fabulous scenery around you, stop at classic diners along the way and feel like you're in a Hollywood movie! Although the highway can no longer be driven in its entirety, many of the roads have been absorbed into state highway networks and can still be driven today.
Pacific Coast Highway
Another famous route is the Pacific Coast Highway, taking you from San Francisco to sunny San Diego. This route is shorter, lasting around three days. Highlights along the route are Olympic National Park, Three Capes Loop and Redwood National Park. See stunning coasts, seaside towns, forests and vineyard-filled valleys. This breathtaking highway offers endless coastal activities, stunning landscapes and a relaxed Californian vibe.
The Loneliest Road in America
Third most popular route is the US-50 highway, running from the East to the West Coast. It passes through 12 states, starting off in Ocean City, Maryland and ending in Sacramento, California. Stretching over 3,000 miles, the route runs through mountains and mostly rural areas. The Nevada section of the route is called the Loneliest Road in America, because it features miles and miles of empty mountains and small quiet towns, can make travelers feel like they're the only person left on Earth.
A road trip around Iceland is an unforgettable travel experience. With active volcanos, lava fields, horses, glaciers, geothermal springs, black sand beaches, massive waterfalls and even icebergs, Iceland is an epic destination for a truly awe-inspiring road trip.
The best route to fully experience the Land of Ice and Fire is the Ring Road. This road encircles the country and can be done in ten days. During this route you will get to see most of what Iceland has to offer, including the most popular tourist attractions.
The Golden Circle
No matter your itinerary, your first stop should be the sites of the Golden Circle, the Geysir Geothermal Area, Gyullfoss and Thingevllir National Park. These spectacular wonders of nature will leave you speechless. Here you can also find the famous Icelandic fountain geyser called Strokkur Geysir that erupts every 10 minutes, sometimes reaching up to 40 meters in air.
Stunning waterfalls, Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik
After that, see the impressive Seljalandfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, full of majestic natural beauty. During your trip, stop at the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara shore, visit the majestic canyons and ice caves. Don't miss visiting the capital city, Reykjavik, and the famous Blue Lagoon that is just an hour away from the city center. Bathing in this geothermal pond is really special, with mineral-rich waters surrounded by a dramatic volcanic landscape.
But you don't have to go far for the ultimate roadtrip. The land of castles, lochs and stunning landscapes is made for a memorable tour. The best route Scotland has to offer is the route through the Scottish Highlands. Known for its mind-blowing landscapes, majestic mountains, lochs, stunning islands and coastline, this region is tailor-made for the ultimate road trip experience. the Highlands are also filled with glens, and the most popular of these narrow valleys is Glencoe. Explore the UK's largest national park, Cairgorms National Park, and be amazed with stunning beauty of its lochs, rivers, forests and mountains.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct
Harry Potter fans will fall in love with the Scottish Highlands, because a lot of scenes in the movie were filmed here. Hagrid's hut can be found in Glencoe, but the most famous movie location is in Glenfinnan. The recognizable Glenfinnan Viaduct is featured in almost every Harry Potter movie. It's the massive stone viaduct that the Hogwarts Express always crosses on its way to Hogwarts.
Loch Ness and impressive castles
Also, another must-see is the iconic Loch Ness, Scotland's largest loch by volume. Although Nessie may be just a myth, its impressive scenery is well worth a trip. If you're into hiking, stop at Ben Nevis, the UK's tallest peak. Along your way, you'll also get to see some of the UK's most spectacular castles such as Eilean Donan and Dunrobin.
The most practical, cost effective and flexible way to explore Australia's main attraction is by going on a road trip adventure. This huge and diverse country won't leave anyone disappointed. Hit the road either along coastline or deep into the heart of the Outback.
The Great Ocean Road
The most famous Australian road trip is the Great Ocean Road, stretching from Melbourne to Adelaide. This route holds the well-deserved title of one of the best drives in the world. The scenic coastal drive will lead you to the famous Twelve Apostles, rugged beaches, historic lighthouses and stunning landscapes at every turn.
The Red Centre Way
Another popular route is the Red Centre Way, offering the most recognizable version of an Australian road trip. Here everything is about red earth, swimming holes and incredible rock formations. The main highlights of the tour are the desert monoliths of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and lots of national parks. Take a swim in Ellery Big Hole, a natural pool wedged between red cliffs, ride a camel or just marvel at this unique and ancient landscape.