Pacific Coast Highway, USA
A 485-mile California dream of a drive, the Pacific Coast Highway stretches from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to Los Angeles. Roll down the window and slip on shades to drive past golden beaches thrashed by waves, cliff-hugging Big Sur and billionaire’s folly Hearst Castle.
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Glasgow to Skye, Scotland
Even driving rain can’t dampen the beauty of the 215 miles of dramatic Highland scenery between Glasgow and Skye. Allow a day to take in shimmering Loch Lomond, Glencoe’s rugged splendour and the ever-changing greenery of Skye’s mountains.
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Great Ocean Road, Australia
Vertical limestone cliffs, luxuriant rainforest and the occasional koala await on Australia’s 160-mile Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Warrnambool. Make time for breaks on deserted golden bays, the Otway Ranges’ giant sequoia treetop walks and the Twelve Apostles rock stacks.
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Hana Highway, Maui, Hawaii
Clinging precipitously to volcanic cliffs, Maui’s Hana Highway is a rollerc oaster of a road with 617 hairpin bends and 56 narrow bridges. The sublime 50-mile route takes in the pounding surf of Pacific beaches, waterfalls and lush jungle with mangos so close you can almost pick them.
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French Riviera, France
For sheer James Bond feeling, choose an open-top car to cruise the 112 miles from Hyères to Menton on the French Riviera. The road swings giddily past cliffs and palm-fringed bays, lemon groves and yacht harbours. Celebrity spotters stay in hotels in ritzy Cannes and Monaco.
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Icefields Parkway, Canada
Discover the remote wilderness of the Canadian Rockies on the 143-mile route from Lake Louise to Jasper. When the snow melts, Icefields Parkway is one of the top 10 drives in the world, blazing past waterfalls, glaciers and soaring peaks. Look out for elk and bighorn sheep.
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Garden Route, South Africa
Leave Table Mountain behind to follow the coast east past placid lakes, rainforest and white-sand beaches on the 500-mile Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Factor in breaks for whale watching at Port Beaufort and elephant encounters in Knysna. May to November is the best time to travel.
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