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Er wordt zelfs een “Flower Route” aangeprezen: “Tulips, hyacinths, narcissi, and daffodils of every color stretch to the horizon along this drive through western Holland.” Leuk, maar we zoeken het natuurlijk wat verder van huis. Voor de petrolheads die bezig zijn met een sabbatical is dit wellicht een leuke opdracht: bezoek alle routes die hieronder staan aangegeven. Daarbij gaan we er van uit dat je de 10 beste Autobahn-stukken en de 10 meest bijzondere straten ter wereld al bezocht/ervaren hebt. Verder ervaringen of tips kunnen in de comments.
Amalfi kustlijn, Italië: Wind your way through the villages, beaches, and mountains of Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline.
Banff en Jasper, Canada: One of the crown jewels of western Canada, here you’ll take in exhilarating vistas of forest, crag, and glacier.
Big Island, Hawaii: Warm beaches, cool highlands, active lava flows, and lush jungles await.
Black Hills, South Dakota: Let the stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife of South Dakota surprise your senses.
Blues Highway, Tennessee: Listen as the Blues Highway sings while you travel through the heart of gospel and soul country.
Borderlands, Texas: Welcome to Big Bend, one of the last true frontiers in the lower 48.
Bourbon Trail, Kentucky: White-water rapids and grazing thoroughbreds line your journey through Kentucky’s distilleries.
Brandywine Valley, Mid-Atlantic: Take a road trip through the mansions and gardens of the early 20th century’s New World royalty.
British Columbia: This tour has a bit of everything: first-rate museums, strait crossings, and spectacular scenery.
Cabot Trail, Canada: Get away from it all in Cape Breton, the prize of Nova Scotia.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Take your time hopping from one clam shack to the next around vintage Cape Cod.
Cascade Lakes, Oregon: Step back in time as the volcanic landscape of central Oregon’s desert plains conjure up prehistoric visions.
Cheese Trail, Vermont: Visit the farmstead alchemists in the Green Mountain State for great food, fun, and scenery.
Smoky Mountains, Cherohala Skyway, Tennessee: Follow a mile-high ridge in the Unicoi Mountains for amazing views of mountains, foliage, and waterfalls.
Cornwall, England: A hybrid of historical attractions and natural beauty, this is England at its most unique.
Creole Country, Louisiana: This is deep Creole country, with a culture as abundant as the oaks and magnolias lining the streets.
Dalton Highway, Alaska: A mostly gravel road does not do justice to the vastly dramatic scenery that lies along its winding path.
Finger Lakes, New York: The wines of this region stand alongside California’s best, and the scenery is likewise first rate.
Florida Keys: The 113-mile (181-kilometer) drive from mainland Florida to Key West induces sensory overload.
Forgotten Florida: Stroll along through the “real Florida” and glimpse an older, simpler Sunshine State.
Ghost Towns, Colorado: If you’re not careful wandering through Colorado’s ghost towns you just might catch gold fever.
Hallowed Ground, Virginia: Drive through America’s rich history, visiting presidential estates, mountain vistas, battlefields, and rolling pastures.
Hana Highway, Hawaii: Maui’s Hana coast delivers black-sand beaches, plunging waterfalls—and a doozy of a drive.
Hill Country, Texas: Head down south for a visit to Texas’s famed hill country, quirky cowboy towns and all.
Hudson Valley, New York: Follow the trails of Indians, adventurers, George Washington, and Gilded Age millionaires.
James River, Virginia: Wind your way deep into American history and see the forces that shaped our nation.
Lighthouse Coast, North Carolina: Take in the fresh sea air along the Outer Banks, where nature still rules this tendril of barrier islands.
Low Country, Georgia: Few regions in the United States pack in as much history, culture, and natural beauty as the Low Country.
Manitoba Prairies: The region’s richest farm country provides the backdrop for rolling prairie hills and river valleys.
Mississippi River, Midwest: Artistic offerings combined with small-town Americana make for the best of the Midwest.
Montreal, Canada: Brush up on your French as you cruise through Montreal’s picturesque wine country.
Mount Hood, Oregon: The views here are just as spectacular today as they were when the first settlers arrived.
Navajo Lands, Arizona: Watch the serene culture of Native Americans come alive in a drive through Hopi and Navajo lands.
New Old West, Arizona: Saddle up at this bastion of true Americana where the Old West meets the new.
North Island, New Zealand: Get into the adventure with some of the most varied and rugged landscapes on Earth.
Olympic Peninsula, Washington: The Olympics and their peninsula of 3,600 square miles are still surprisingly, romantically wild.
Ozarks, Arkansas: Deciduous forests create a kaleidoscopic palette of crimsons, saffrons, and ochres.
Pacific Coast Highway, California: Strap in and get ready for an exhilarating driving experience along this twisting, cliff-hugging route.
Pioneer Trail, Nebraska: Follow a trail dotted with pioneers’ legacy: historical villages, preserved log cabins, and lots of memorabilia.
Pirate Route, Jamaica: Once the home of pirates galore, today’s treasures of Port Royal, Jamaica, are historic and scenic delights.
Provence, France: Discover the arts, foods, crafts, and vistas that make this one of Europe’s most inspiring regions.
Rocky Mountains: Drive from the snowcapped peaks of northern Colorado to the endless high plains of Wyoming.
San Luis Valley, Colorado: For a trip into history, few parts of the American Southwest can top this stretch of the Rockies’ front range.
Santa Barbara Loop, California: Soak in the Mediterranean climate of this Pacific gem, complete with broad beaches and yacht harbors.
Sawtooths, Idaho: Climb more than 5,000 feet into the terrain of the Sawtooths where elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats await.
Seward Highway, Alaska: There’s enough visual overload here to fill a hard drive with digital pictures.
Shipwreck Coast, Michigan: Behold the power of Lake Superior from a string of quiet roads along the upper peninsula
Southwest’s Four Corners: Witness the sculpted horizons of the southwest, where man-made boundaries mean nothing to the rugged lands.
Wichita Wild West, Kansas: Revisit the Wild West with a drive through rough-and-tumble cowboy life.