Throwing your bags in the trunk and your cares to the wind – there’s nothing quite like hitting the open road. With road trip season in full swing, we bring you three unforgettable slices of Highway that you really have to see to believe. Grab your music and your maps, and we’ll see you out there.
1. The Road to Hana
Lush foliage, thundering waterfalls and jaw-dropping ocean views, the Road to Hana along Maui’s north shore has legendary status. While the 600 hairpin turns along may be mentally taxing, the journey is one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. To get the most out of the trip, make an early start and bring plenty of provisions – food options along the way are limited. Don’t try to take in every single beauty spot and picture opportunity along the way – instead download the very informative Gypsy app to help you plan your stops ahead of time. If you’re not super confident behind the wheel, consider taking part in a guided tour instead of driving yourself.
Pro Tip: Make sure you leave Hana by 3pm so you can navigate the twists and turns along the road back before it gets dark. You really don’t want to be attempting the journey back in pitch darkness.
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2. Lavender Trail, Provence
In July and August the fields of Provence turn from green to vibrant purple, as the region’s lavender crop comes into bloom. With the sun overhead and the fresh lavender scent in the air, there’s no better way to spend a summer’s day than exploring the picture-perfect towns and villages that dot the surrounding landscape. Start out from Ile sur la Sorgue (which itself boasts a wonderful market and chic cafes), before heading east to the charming village of Simiane La Rotonde. Next up is Sault, where you can park the car and enjoy a 5km walking tour of the lavender fields, or visit one of the distilleries, where the plants are turned in to essential oils and perfumes. From there you continue along the circular route back to Ile sur la Sorgue, skirting along the base of Mont Ventoux as you go.
Pro Tip: Make sure you take in Senanque Abbey near Gordes, one of the most popular places to stop and snap that perfect lavender field photo.
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3. To the Edge of the US: Florida Keys
One of the great American Road trips, the highway from Miami to Key West takes you from the pastel colors of South Beach, past mysterious everglades, and across the famed Seven Mile Bridge. Once you reach the keys with their romantic names (Sugarloaf, Saddlebunch, even No Name Key), you’ll find many places to stop and take in the colors and endless ocean views. But the main destination is Key West, the southernmost point in the continental US, where painted clapboard houses look like paper cutouts against the deep blue sky. Stop for a bite at Cafe Marquesa then stop in at the Hemingway Home and Museum.for a fascinating look at the author’s life.
Pro Tip: Park your car once you arrive in Key West and hop on a rental bike to explore the town at a more leisurely pace.
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