5 Best Self-Drive Destinations

5 Best Self-Drive Destinations
5 Best Self-Drive Destinations-driving

There are a handful of destinations around the world that lend themselves perfectly to a driving holiday. Some of these – such as Australia, New Zealand, and the USA – have been attracting self-drivers in there for many thousands of years, whereas others such as Chile, Namibia, and Iceland may be relatively new to the self-drive scene, but are no less inspiring. Today, we’ll be gathering up the 5 Best Self-Drive Destinations for you to know!

1. Onsen, Japan
5 Best Self-Drive Destinations-Onsen, Japan

Japan’s third-largest island, Kyushu, is bursting with natural attractions, from the volcanic peaks of Aso-Kuju NP and the waterfalls of Takachiho Gorge, to the hot springs of Kurokawa, nestled in the foothills of Mount Aso. On Audley’s Kyushu self-drive trip, experience all this and more, under your own steam.

2. Vineyard Valleys, Argentina
5 Best Self-Drive Destinations-Vineyard Valleys, Argentina

Follow the route of the Tren de las Nubes (train of the clouds), on Steppes Travel’s self-drive northwest Argentina trip. After a stop in vibrant Buenos Aires, head to Salta, to drive through the UNESCO-listed Humahuaca Gorge into a world of Andean villages, rainbow hills, orange deserts, flamingoes, and truly fine wines.

3. Kimberley, Australia
5 Best Self-Drive Destinations-Kimberley, Australia

Audley’s Kimberley Uncovered tour is one for bold travellers. From the striking Purnululu National Park, a UNESCO-listed paradise home to the imposing Bungle Bungle mountain range, to the beautiful coastal town of Broome, every destination will be a new adventure. Even the overnights, in remote bush camps and relaxing homesteads, are unforgettable.

4. Middle Earth, New Zealand
5 Best Self-Drive Destinations-Middle Earth, New Zealand

Join DialAFlight Middle Earth Hobbiton Adventure to do a virtual drive through the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. This Auckland-Queenstown road trip winds via the Hobbiton set, bubbling Rotorua, Tongariro NP (aka ‘Mt Doom’), Mt Cook, and more, with the dramatic landscapes that brought Tolkien to life ever-present out of the window.

5. Ring Road, Iceland
5 Best Self-Drive Destinations-Ring Road, Iceland

Have a solitary tour on the amazing 832-mile loop around Iceland along Route 1, best known as The Ring Road. A 10-day tour will allow you to travel at a slower pace, taking in the country’s majestic landscape, including striking glaciers, magnificent falls, national parks, weathered lava lands, and geothermal areas. It begins and ends in Reykjavik.

Bonus: Mountains and Glaciers of Alaska
5 Best Self-Drive Destinations-Mountains and Glaciers of Alaska

Starting in Anchorage, head north along the scenic Glenn and Park highways to the stunning Denali National Park, home to Mount McKinley and also one of Alaska’s best wildlife viewing spots where you’ll have the chance to see moose, caribou, and grizzly bears. From there, the journey continues north to the vast Alaskan interior and the former gold rush city of Fairbanks. Continue your drive into the heart of Alaska’s wilderness along the Alaska Highway to the remote town of Tok in the east of the state and close to the Canadian border.

While a sense of freedom is key to enjoying a self-drive, booking a tailormade road trip is perfect for ensuring that you don’t miss any of the best sights, that you secure the most characterful accommodation, and that you maximise your time.

Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit these 5 Best Self-Drive Destinations, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.


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