My favourite three spots for travelling by car are:
1. Ring Road in Iceland. Breathtaking landscapes, changing outside your window, perfect roads, cosy hot-springs and comfortable camping sites and hotels – Iceland is probably on the top of my list for an adventurous, yet comfortable road trip.
2. California, USA. I would say that the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to Los Angeles is one of the most romantic roads I’ve been to. If you have more than a week, I would also extend this road trip to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park. I am fascinated by how many different microclimates, landscapes and beautiful winding roads are concentrated in just one state.
3. Namibia. I’ve been on a road trip around Namibia once, but I’d love to go again and again. You’ll probably drive a lot (we drove over 4,000 kilometres in just 2 weeks), because the country is vast and deserted, but the landscapes you’ll see on your way will leave you speechless. The roads are mainly gravel, but in great condition. The camping sites are the best I’ve been to in my life and the animals on the road are fascinating. Just don’t drive at night and don’t get out of the car in the National Parks outside the camping and lodge areas – the wildlife is very real and very wild there.
4. The Dolomites. The beautiful mountain range in the Southern Alps is a great place for a short road trip – it took us three days to visit some of the most picturesque spots like Pragser Wildsee, Karersee, Seceda Mountain and the Three Peaks of Lavaredo. I have to admit that it is not the most relaxing drive, because of all the bends, but it is definitely a very fun one and the driver is always rewarded with wonderful views and South Tyrol hospitality.