The mere mention of the phrase evokes iconic films like Thelma & Louise, songs like Born To Be Wild and books like On The Road.
The freedom of experiencing the open road at your leisure is a huge attraction for the seasoned or newbie traveller. It’s a great way to see a different part of the world and, if you’re anything like the rest of us, these days you’ll want to capture it all on Instagram.
To help you choose, Dubai-based wecashanycar has analysed over 12 million Instagram posts with #roadtrip over the last five years and has revealed that you may not have to travel as far as you think for those summer grid goals.
For the first time, the UAE’s very own Hatta is now one of the most Instagrammed road trips in the world, competing with the classics such as Route 66 and Australia's Great Ocean Road.
1. Great Ocean Road, Australia - 87,190 posts
This one comes as no big surprise. Australia’s Great Ocean Road regularly features as one of the world’s top road trips by travel bloggers! And, with an impressive 87k posts, this amazingly scenic 400-mile journey is a surfer’s paradise. Twelve Apostles and Otway National Park are definitely Insta-highlights.
2. Route 66, USA - 62,680 posts
If you’re after bragging rights, then the iconic Route 66 road trip should definitely be on your to-do list. It’s an epic journey, covering 2,448 miles over eight US states. Along the way, you’ll experience a stunning blend of unique landscapes and notch up some great experiences at all the memorable, out-of-the-way, pit-stops.
3. The Outback, Australia - 42,918 posts
The 1,864-mile Australian Outback route proves that Australia is a firm favourite with road trippers. Experience the unique and untouched beauty of this vast landscape. There are honestly too many highlights to mention, but try to include Uluru and Bungle Bungles (or Purnululu National Park).
4. The Big Sur, USA - 33,416 posts
If you’re looking for a road trip that’s a little shorter, but still packed with plenty of viewing points and photo opps, then The Big Sur could be the right option for you. 33k Insta posts make this unforgettable 90-mile journey a twisty magnificence of sun and sea. You can expect spectacular views of the California coastline, including highlights like Point Sur Lighthouse and Pfeiffer Beach.
5. Monument Valley, USA - 31,332 posts
If you’re wondering why Monument Valley looks so familiar it might be because this famous landscape has featured in many movies. With its majestic sandstone buttes and mesas, shaped by wind and water, it’s difficult to take a bad photo. 31k Insta posts reveal the endlessly impressive memories captured at look-out points, like John Ford’s Point and the Forrest Gump Point.
6. Pacific Coast Highway, USA - 28,107 posts
Experience the beauty of the Oregon coastline with the Pacific Coast Highway. This classic road trip revels in the natural countryside between San Diego, California and Seattle, Washington. Some of the best scenery includes the famous drive-through tree tunnels. It’s also a great opportunity to visit some famous cities, like San Francisco and Los Angeles.
7. Hatta, UAE - 25,929 posts
The UAE isn’t all about deserts and super-tech cities. This hidden gem is just 265km outside of Dubai. The beauty of Hatta has achieved almost 26k posts and is a firm favourite with roadsters looking a bit of outdoor adventure. Visit the rock pools for swimming, go kayaking in the dam or mountain biking in the mountains. Hatta is the ideal spot for adventure and nature lovers alike. Find out more about the best UAE road trips.
8. Tuscany, Italy - 21,277 posts
A road trip through Tuscany is Italy’s ultimate gastronomic tour through the wine country and is an experience to be savoured. Delicious pit-stops and breathtaking country views are what make this a favourite road trip and one of the most popular in Europe. Many roadsters agree, clocking up 21k posts of memories captured between Siena and Florence.
9. Sicily, Italy - 14,628 posts
Right on the heels of Tuscany and, keeping it in the Italian Family is the island road trip of Sicily. Historically rich in culture and stunning archaeological sites spanning 2,700 years, Sicily will surprise and delight intrepid travellers with a wealth of picturesque towns and villages that can be enjoyed along the way.
10. North Coast 500, Scotland - 12,674
Rounding off our top 10 list is the gorgeous North Coast 500, and it certainly doesn’t skimp on scenic beauty. This aptly named 500-mile highland road tour features the very best that traditional Scotland has to offer, taking you through some must-see highlights, like Inverness and Loch Ness.