Ten of the most underappreciated road trips in the world

We know the wonders of a trip through the valleys of Utah, the Amalfi Coast in Italy, or along the California coast. But many roads offer beauties of all kinds around the world.

“Road trips are becoming a popular way to see the world, especially in the post-Covid era as more people feel uncomfortable traveling by public transportation,” says Alex Kindred, auto insurance expert at Confused.com. “However, as road trips become more popular, so does the traffic along the road. Choosing an underrated route is a great way to experience the fun of a road trip while avoiding congestion.”

I am now in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and a beautiful farm road between Ben Yan and Geneva strikes me unexpectedly. There are many of these scenic routes, so look for them and ask the locals wherever you are.

A study by confused.com analyzed the 50 best rated engines that contain less Google searches over the past 12 months, to reveal the world’s most underappreciated road trips. (Six US tracks rank in the top ten.) Here they are:

Top 10 Underrated Road Trips:

Parameters: ranking, road trip, country, percentage of “good” reviews, annual search volume, overall score/10

1- Causeway Coastal Road, UK; 98.1%; 23700; 9.19

The most underrated road trip is The coastal road of the UK Bridge in Northern Ireland. Although 98.1% of Tripadvisor’s reviews of the trip were positive, the road trip had only 23,700 searches in the past 12 months. The trip takes in many famous sights such as the Glens of Antrim, as well as well-known filming locations from Game of thrones.

Closely followed in third place are two road trips in the United States. Foothills Parkway in Tennessee offers stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee Valley.

On the other hand, the Lamar Valley offers the opportunity to spot wildlife, and is sometimes referred to as the “American Serengeti”. Drivers may get a chance to see wolves, bison, antlers, badgers, and bears.

The US Trail Ridge Highway, the Berthoth Highway, the San Juan Highway and the Needles Highway also rank in the top ten.

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2 – Via de Crete, France; 98.5%; 131,200; 8.27

Second place is the Route des Crêtes in France. Despite the amazing and highly reviewed views this wilderness trek offers, this trek has been searched only 131,200 times in the last year.

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3- Foothills Parkway, United States; 97.5%; 68700; 8.17

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3- Lamar Valley, United States; 97.4%; 68000; 8.17

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5- Trail Ridge Road, United States; 98.6%; 156400; 7.86

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6- Berthoth Highway, United States; 98.2%; 142300; 7.66

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7- Via Napoleon, France; 100.0%; 270200; 7.45

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7- San Juan Skyway, United States; 95.7%; 24780; 7.45

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7- Needles Highway, United States; 97.9%; 140500; 7.45

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10- Great St. Bernard Pass, Italy; 96.4%; 82800; 7.25

“If you’re planning an upcoming road trip, the route isn’t the only thing you need to think about before embarking on your journey,” says Kenred.

“If you are planning to drive your own car all the way, it is important to check your car insurance to make sure your car is fully insured overseas. Alternatively, if you are planning to rent a car for your trip, always check how much your car rental overseas will cost. It can be Car rental is a huge cost, especially when combined with the cost of fuel, which again varies from country to country.

“When driving abroad, drivers should also make sure to take their valid driver’s licenses with them. It is also important to research the driving rules within the country they are visiting, as well as to check if they need an IDP to drive there.”

(To hear more about the pleasures and tips of getting stuck on the road, listen to my award-winning travel podcast, places i remember: Episode 18 of a road trip in France / Belgium. Episode 32, On a Road Trip Along the California Coast; – Episode 34 Learn about road stumbling in a recreational vehicle; Episode 52 Chasing the Blues from Mississippi to Memphis. Follow on Apple, Spotify, wherever you listen to the podcast, or on my website at the link in my bio.)

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