30+ Best Road Trips for Couples Around the World

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by Anisa // 0 Comments

When you travel on a road trip, you have more flexibility and the opportunity to see more hidden gems.  It can also be a fun way to connect with your partner and collect special memories.

If you are looking for a romantic vacation, why not try a road trip? You can take your time and enjoy each other’s company. It’s one of the best ways to travel together.

The question is where? I’ve reached out to my travel blogger friends to compile a list of the best road trips for couples around the world.

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Best Road Trips for Couples

You are not short on options when it comes to romantic road trips! I received recommendations from around the world.  Whether you are looking to explore the mountains, coastline, river valley, desert, quaint villages, or iconic spots, there is something for you on this list.

While this list is aimed for couples, many of these road trips would also be fun for families, groups of friends, or even solo travelers.  It is organized by region to help you find a road trip in the area you plan on visiting.

Once you have chosen the route to take, be sure to check out our guide on how to prepare for a road trip and grab our free traveling planning checklist.

Best Road Trips for Couples in Europe

#1 Iceland Ring Road

Recommended by Suzanne from Meandering Wild

iceland ring road
The Ring Road in Iceland is one of the most famous road trips in the world, for good reason!

The ring road of Iceland is an iconic road trip that you don’t want to rush.  It is possible to complete the road trip in 5 days, but this is a huge amount of driving with very little time to explore. Taking your time and doing it over 10 days to two weeks makes it much more enjoyable and allows you to enjoy the spectacular landscapes and magical moments.

This romantic road trip starts and finishes in the capital city of Reykjavík and follows Ring Road 1 all the way around the country. The main stops in the south are the various waterfalls on the Golden Circle as well as the geyser that erupts every few minutes at Haukadalur Geothermal Area. From here the next large stop is the black sand beach at Vík and onwards to the Diamond Beach and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This is a special place with huge diamond shaped icebergs that wash up on the black sand beach.

diamond beach in iceland
You can see why this spot is called Diamond Beach.

The north of the island has a large geothermal area and some beautiful geothermal pools. These are much quieter than the Blue Lagoon in the south and have stunning views out over the sea from the water. The north is also the place to go whale watching and spend time on the sea with these spectacular creatures.

On a road trip like that there are many places to stay, but looking for remote vacation rental properties and staying away from the larger hotels makes it both cheaper and a more intimate road trip.

#2 Romantic Road Germany

Recommened by Diana from Travels in Poland

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle helps this road trip live up to its romantic name.

As one of the most well known road trips in Germany and one of its most popular, the Romantic Road Route is an absolute must for couples. Blazing across small villages and picturesque towns, the beauty of the countryside paired with the historical castles and some spectacular views prove that this road trip is one for the books.

The total route is a bit over 350 km and begins in the town of Wurzburg. As a good first stop, Wurzburg has a beautiful baroque style, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Schonborn as well as an array of vineyards that make it a picture perfect stop for couples who are wine lovers and enjoy tasting local varieties of wine.

One of the most beautiful small towns on the route is also one of the most mentioned towns to visit in all of Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This fairytale town truly romanticizes the beauty of Germany showcasing medieval architecture as well as walkways and splendid views from taller structures. A visit here is sure to last beyond one night, and s great place to stay is the Hotel Reichskuchenmeister Das Herz von Rothenburg.

Other fantastic spots along the route include visiting Dinkelsbuhl a town with an intact city wall, Weikersheim with a Renaissance palace and Burg Harburg, a castle that rises from a hilltop with amazing views.

The Romantic Road comes to an end at Germany’s most famous castle, Neuschwanstein Castle. The view from St. Mary’s Bridge provides the perfect picture opportunity and tours of the inside of the castle are available at specified time slots. If staying nearby, you can choose a property close to the castle such as Hotel Weinbauer or a bit further out.

The Romantic Road Route is a great mix of vineyards, castles, charming towns, and lovely picturesque walks. It’s a beautiful adventure and a wonderful way for couples to experience the history of Germany.

#3 Moselle Valley Roadtrip

Recommend by Derek and Mike from Robe Trotting

koblenz germany
This road trip starts in Koblenz where the Moselle and the Rhine meet.

One of Europe’s most romantic road trip routes is the enchanting journey along the Moselle River Valley. The Moselle River flows out of the Vosges mountains into northeastern France, Luxembourg and a gorgeous stretch through western Germany. The most romantic stretch is from the city of Koblenz to beautiful Trier.

Beginning in Koblenz, couples can admire the meeting point of the Moselle and the Rhine. There, the views are simply breathtaking and they can be enjoyed by riding one of the cable cars that criss-cross the river junction below. One of the most scenic lookouts is Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, a defensive site that’s over 2,000 years old.

From the starting point of Koblenz, couples can make a stop at Burg Eltz, a romantic hilltop castle. With a short hike through the forest, it’s the perfect afternoon stop as you continue to Cochem, Germany, a quaint river town with a medieval castle and wine making legacy.

You can visit a medieval castle when you stop in Cochem.

In fact, as you drive along the river you’ll be surrounded by steep hills with row after row of wine-producing grapes. A wine tasting in Cochem is one of the most romantic things you can do in the Moselle Valley. It’s also a perfect reason to stay overnight in the lovely town of Cochem.

As you make your way towards Trier, the oldest city in Germany, stop for lunch in another river town, Bremm. This picturesque stop along the river road has some of the steepest wine hills and prettiest restaurants.

As you make the final stretch to Trier, you will be floored as you enter the ancient Roman gates, Porta Nigra. Besides the Roman architecture, Trier Cathedral has Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque influences. All of these architectural elements make Trier a beautiful final stop on this romantic road trip through the Moselle River Valley.

#4 Provence Road Trip in France

Recommended by Nadine from Le Long Weekend

During the summer, the lavender fields are one of the highlights when roadtripping in Provence.

There are few places more romantic than the South of France, especially when witnessed during the golden light of spring and summer. The region of Provence is brimming with historical attractions, bucolic villages, creative cities and breathtaking beauty at every corner.

To sample the best of the region, take a circular road trip from Avignon (where you can get the TGV direct to/from Paris). Spend a couple of days staying in the cultural city, touring the historical centre with its pedestrian streets, covered daily market and cosy cafe terraces.

Then head east towards the magical Luberon Valley. Be sure to stop in the antiques capital of L’isle-sur-la-Sorgue, before carrying onto Gordes and the stunning Abbey de Senanque nearby. Take a stroll through Roussillon with its rust-coloured buildings, and pause for a romantic dinner with a view at Bistrot le 5 in Menerbes.

Continue your journey to the Valensole plateau, where, in summer, you’ll find a heavenly scene with lavender fields stretching out as far as the eye can see. Stay a night under the stars of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, and be sure to take a drive through the dramatic Verdon gorge. Head south through wine country to Bandol, before calling into Cassis for a night or two and hiking (or a boat tour) through the calanques.

Continue up to Aix-en-Provence, one of the most beautiful places in France, where you’ll find evidence of Cézanne’s legacy in the galleries and museums before continuing to les Alpilles and St-Remy-de-Provence with its pale stone buildings and bustling market. Treat yourself to a night at the Chateau des Alpilles and visit Les Baux de Provence and the interactive art show at Carrieres de Lumineres before finishing your road trip back in Avignon.

 #5 Burgundy Road Trip

Recommend by Norbert from the France Bucket List

Cote de Nuits Vineyards
You can visit the Cote de Nuits Vineyards and many more during a road trip in Burgandy.

The Route des Grands Crus in Burgundy France is a great road trip for couples who love wine. This road trip from Beaune to Dijon (or vice versa) is the ideal itinerary for some relaxing days of sightseeing, delectable regional food, and wine tasting. Along the way, you are going to explore the vineyards of some of the world’s best wines and also visit small towns, wine museums, and chateaus.

For this Route des Grands Crus we recommend a minimum of 4 days but of course you can make it longer by spending an extra day at Beaune or Dijon. Both places also have wine museums so you can learn more about the Burgundy wines.  Then, explore some small towns like Nuits-Saint-Georges, Chevrey-Chambertin and the Château Clos de Vougeot.  

If you don’t have your own car, you can take the train from Paris to Dijon and rent the car in Dijon to avoid the crazy traffic in the capital. Also, you have more chances to find better deals in Dijon than in Paris.

To make the road trip more romantic, stay in a chateau instead of a hotel. Along this route, there are many private chateaus with beautiful grounds working as hotels and they usually have a restaurant on-site. These chateaus are not much more expensive than the best hotels and they are definitely more romantic. A stunning place to stay is Chateau de Challenges near Beaune but there are many more.

#6 Chateaux Road Trip in France

Recommended by Elisa from World in Paris

The Palace of Versailles in France
A visit to the Palace of Versailles is a wonderful way to start your romantic road trip.

This road trip in northern France explores some of the best palaces and fairytale castles near Paris. This circular road trip from Paris, takes a minimum of 3 days – more if you want to spend a lazy day in one of the suggested hotels – and it is perfect for couples who love sightseeing, romantic chateaus, and good food and wine. For a more romantic experience, add a couple of romantic days in Paris before hitting the road.

Start your road trip visiting Versailles, located 40km west of Paris. The Palace of Versailles is amazing and its beautiful gardens are a great place for a bike ride (rental options available on site) or a romantic picnic on the grass. For your night at Versailles, Hotel Le Versailles is beautiful and very central.

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Day two of this road trip explores the Château de Chantilly and its beautiful grounds. Also, take the time to visit other interesting sights like the Stables of Chantilly and the old town. For the second night of this road trip, book at the romantic Château-hotel d’Ermenonville, it’s a 25-minute drive from Chantilly.

Day 3 visits Château de Fontainebleau, the true home of the French Kings. Visit this impressive château, its magnificent gardens, and learn the history of the French Kings who lived in it. Finish this French road trip in style by flying over Fontainebleau on a hot air balloon. The point of departure is just out of the château and there are private options for couples, but you will need to book well in advance.

#7 Italy Road Trip: Venice to Rome

Recommended by Pamela from Directionally Challenged Traveler

sweeping views from the tower in San Marino
The views from the tower in San Marino is just on of the reasons to go on a roadtrip from Venice to Rome.

Winding country roads dotted with villas and wineries is the scene of one of the best road trips for couples. Driving from the floating city of Venice to the eternal city of Rome is a dream come true. A road trip through Italy is a must-do for any couple looking for a mixture of history, delicious food, and wonderful views!

You can drive from Venice to Rome in 3 to 4 hours – but take your time. Ten to fourteen days allows you to make some stops to explore. Starting from Venice, head three hours down the Adriatic coastline to visit San Marino. Spending a night in the micro country San Marino is recommended so you can enjoy all the wonderful sights and views.

The next day head east through Bologna, to the picturesque Cinque Terre for a night or two. Continue south to the Tuscany region for a silly photo at the tower of Pisa before continuing to Florence. Stay at the Hotel Bigallo for incredible views of the Duomo.

On your way to Rome, you can stop in the towns of Siena or Orvieto – or pop in for a dip at the Saturnia hot springs. Rome will delight couples with history, delicious foods, and an intoxicating personality. Don’t forget to visit Vatican City while in Rome!

A road trip through Italy is one of the best destinations for couples – from small towns boasting delicious local food to larger cities with rich histories – Italy has it all.

#8 Cotswolds Road Trip

Recommed by Lucy from Explore the Cotswolds

lower slaughter in cotswolds in england
Lower Slaughter is one of the quaint villages you can see during a road trip through the Cotswolds in England.

Explore the quintessential English countryside of the Cotswolds on this two-day circular road trip which takes in some of its most scenic countryside and prettiest towns and villages. With beautiful gardens, thatched cottages and plenty of country pubs to cosy up in, it makes a great romantic road trip for couples at any time of year.

Start your trip in the village of Broadway with a night at the Lygon Arms, a 16th-century coaching inn packed with character, with four-poster beds, beamed ceilings and log fires. The next day, walk up to the Broadway Tower, a hilltop folly that looks like Rapunzel’s tower and has views out across the Cotswolds.

Then head south along the ‘Romantic Road’ through the storybook village of Stanton. Stop off in Winchcombe to visit Sudeley Castle, once the home of Henry VIII’s last wife Katherine Parr who’s buried in the castle church.

Carry on south past Cheltenham, with panoramic views from Cleeve Hill along the way, to the historic wool town of Painswick to admire its stunning honey-coloured stone buildings and take a stroll through the Rococco Gardens.

Then travel southeast to Bibury where you’ll find Arlington Row, a row of weaver’s cottages that’s one of the most photographed streets in the Cotswolds. It’s a popular spot but you can have it almost to yourself after hours by staying in the Swan Inn, a charming four-star hotel set on the banks of the River Coln.

The next morning, travel north through Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the Venice of the Cotswolds – it might not have gondolas but it does have the picturesque River Windrush running through it. Just north of Bourton are the quaint twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter, connected by a mile-long walk along the river and through flower-filled meadows. Then finally, travel back towards Broadway, calling into the historic market town of Chipping Campden where you’ll find the beautiful Hidcote Manor Gardens.

Note: If you have not driven in the UK before, please be sure to read our guide to driving in the UK.

#9 Scotland Road Trip

Recommended by Maggie from The World Was Here First

Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Cairngorms National Park is one of the placest you must visit during your romantic Scotland Road Trip.

If you’re searching for the ultimate road trip for couples, then you really cannot go wrong with hitting the open road in Scotland. Known for its ample road trip opportunities, one of the best routes you can take in the country is to drive from Edinburgh to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.

There are few places in the world more romantic than Scotland and this road trip will take you by some of the most iconic sites in the entire country. Some of the best places to stop along the way include St Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the incredible Glencoe and the charming towns of Fort William and Oban, the gorgeous Cairngorms National Park and even to the mystical Loch Ness before reaching the lovely city of Inverness.

This road trip can take you however long or short your itinerary allows, just make more or fewer stops along the way. While you definitely need to ensure you spend time in Edinburgh and Inverness on either end of the road trip, stopping off in cities like Glasgow for a night or two or even in a town like Fort William or Aviemore can be an excellent idea.

All in all, if you’re looking for an incredibly picturesque, historic and ultra-romantic road trip, then make sure to hit the road in Scotland.

#10 Ring of Kerry in Ireland 

Recommend by Anisa

Where to Stay when driving the ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a scenic road trip filled with history too.

The Ring of Kerry is a 111-mile circular drive in the southwestern part of Ireland known for the dramatic natural scenery and quaint towns.  While it is possible to do this romantic road trip in one day, I suggest staying in the area for longer to fully appreciate its beauty.

Start your journey in the town of Killarney and head counter clockwise.  The Gap of Dunloe should be your first stop.  The landscape is rough, but it’s a good spot to get out, stretch your legs, and take in the fresh mountain air.

Next it’s on to the scenic coastline.  It’s worthwhile to take a ferry to Valentia Island and also make a stop at the Kerry Cliffs.  If you visit in the summer, plan ahead, and get lucky with the tides, you can take a side trip to the mysterious Skellig Michael, which has been featured in Star Wars movies.  The remains of the monastery and most of the island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. 

The road trip comes to a close in Killarney National Park.  Here you must visit Muckross House, Ross Castle. and Muckross Abbey.  You could also go for a hike to the Torc Waterfall or a romantic kayak ride on one of the lakes.  It would easy to spend a full day exploring Killarney National Park.

It is a popular road trip especially in the summer months, so aim to do it during the shoulder season (i.e. April or October) to avoid the crowds.  It will also be easier to find an enchanting place to stay along the Ring of Kerry.

#11 Trip Along the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro

Recommend by Emily Lush from Wander-Lush

perast in montenegro
You can see some of the prettiest places in Montenegro when you do a road trip along the Bay of Kotor.

Montenegro is one of the most underrated countries in Europe and perfect territory for a romantic road trip. A route along the iconic Bay of Kotor will lead you to some of Montenegro’s most beautiful cities and towns, including the historic Venetian ports of Kotor and Perast.

Start from Podgorica, the capital, or from Tivat on the bay. Both cities are serviced by international airports and have plenty of car rental companies to choose from. You have the option to finish in Herceg Novi near the border with Bosnia, or to loop back to your point of origin.

The road along the main part of the bay is just 55km so while you could easily complete the drive in as little as three days, it’s recommended to budget five to seven days and take it at a slower pace. There are dozens of secluded coves and beaches to stop at along the way.

The UNESCO-Listed walled city of Kotor is a must-see. Walking winding cobbled streets, exploring stunning churches and enjoying the multitude of outdoor wine bars and cafes are among the most romantic things to do. Don’t miss climbing up to the fortress for an unreal view over the bay.

Smaller towns such as Perast and Risan are similarly beautiful and less crowded. Both have a range of apartments and bed and breakfasts to choose from, many with cute terraces overlooking the water, including Conte Hotel in Perast.

Spending the night gives you an opportunity to take an evening stroll after the day trippers have gone home – there’s nothing more romantic than watching the sun go down over the Bay of Kotor with a glass of Montenegrin wine in hand.

#12 Balkan Road Trip: Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia

Recommended by Maggie from The Fourty Mag

scene from a Balkan road trip
A road trip through the Balkans is filled with romantic experiences.

For the couples who like everything from mountain hikes to sunset dinners on the beach, this road trip through Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina covers it all.

Start the loop at the charming Dobra Vila Inn in the town of Bovec, Slovenia. Surrounded by the Julian Alps and adjacent to Triglav National Park, Bovec is where lovers of hiking, waterfalls, and whitewater rafting will find their peace. The brave may also want to take a dip in the brilliant turquoise green—but icy cold!—Soca River.

Continuing south, couples could choose 3.5 hours to Pula or 6.5 hours to Zadar in Croatia; both of which will provide the opportunity for a seafood dinner overlooking the Adriatic at sunset. The route continues down to Dubrovnik where a walk on the city walls at the Golden Hour or a private boat rental for snorkeling and a secluded lunch at Bowa on the Elafiti islands provides the perfect backdrop to a romantic trip.

The loop makes it way back north via Bosnia-Herzegovina. Travelers should set aside a whole day so as to take in a walk across the famed Ottoman Mostar Bridge and a leisurely drive through the Bosnian Mountains before being ready for a rest at the Best Western Premier Hotel Astoria in Zagreb.

Continuing the loop is a choice depending on if there’s time for some relaxation in Zagreb or Ljubljana. Nevertheless, no romantic couples road trip through The Balkans would be complete without a row boat ride around Slovenia’s Lake Bled and a ring of the bell at the church on Bled Island.

#13 Romania Road Trip

Recommended by Sean from Living Out Lau

romania road trip
The countryside is what makes a road trip in Romania special.

A road trip in Romania is perfect for couples that love the outdoors, stunning landscapes, and idyllic little villages.

The typical route starts from Bucharest (where flights and rental cars are cheapest) and ends at Cluj-Napoca, the capital of a region known as Transylvania. Along the way, travelers will pass through some of the famed attractions in Transylvania, namely Bran Castle (allegedly Dracula’s Castle), the legendary views of the Carpathian Mountains, the world’s best driving road At Transfagarasan Highway, and medieval cities such as Sibiu and Braşov.

The attractions in Romania are unquestionably spectacular, but what makes this road trip so romantic is just the peaceful and gorgeous Romanian countryside. Imagine driving down long stretches of road surrounded by nothing but wide-open views of lush greenery and mountains, all while the colors of the sunset dance in the background.

Roll down the windows (or pull the top down if you have a convertible) and just feel the refreshing wind blow against your face. Autumn is the best time to visit Romania if you want something more romantic, as the colorful autumn foliage will make Romania look like a fairytale!

Along your romantic road trip are several cities that make the perfect base for exploring your surroundings. These are Sibiu, Brasov, Bucharest, and Cluj-Napoca, and they are the perfect places to stay for your Romania road trip!

#14 Crete Road Trip

Recommended by Chrysoula from Travel Passionate

chania in crete
Chania is one of the places you should stop during your romantic road trip in Crete.

Crete is by far the largest Greek island which makes it an excellent destination for a road trip. Whether you enjoy countryside walks, beach relaxation, ancient history, or traditional tavernas, Crete has you covered.

While you can just base yourself in one city or resort from which to explore the island, it can be fun to take a road trip, stopping off at different destinations along the way. This also gives you the chance to stay at a range of different boutique hotels, soaking up the individual atmosphere of each.

Start your Crete itinerary in the city of Heraklion (staying at the GDM Megaron, Historical Monument Hotel), a hub of beautiful Venetian architecture, ancient history, and traditional dishes to whet your palette. From there you can take a trip inland to the archaeological site of Knossos and the nearby Archaeological Museum.

Next, travel east to Agios Nikolaos to soak up sea views and even more history while exploring the ruins of the former leper colony located on Spinalonga Island.

Your trip continues with time spent in the city of Rethymno from where you can discover the Venetian Fortezza, the Argyroupoli Springs and Ancient Lappa, the Arkadi Monastery, and the gorgeous Preveli Beach before moving on to Chania. In each of these cities, you have the option of staying in some stunning boutique hotels like Rimondi, Veneto, and Splanzia.

The last few days can be spent relaxing at the Balos Lagoon and Elafonisi Beach or hiking in the stunning Samaria Gorge.  

The best time of year to take a romantic road trip through the island of Crete is April/May or September/October as you can enjoy the best of the weather while also missing the majority of the crowds.

#15 Andalucia Road Trip

Recommended by Joanna from Andalucia in My Pocket

andalucia road trip scenery
Expect to see scenery like this throughout your road trip in Andalucia Spain.

Andalucia is one of the most beautiful parts of Spain, with so many romantic cities and white villages, but also stunning nature, gorgeous beaches and delicious food. You could drive for months in Andalucia and not see everything. However, for a start, a road trip around the historical towns of Andalucia would give you a taste of what this autonomous region of Spain has to offer.

The circular road trip around Andalucia starts in Malaga and follows the coast, towards the town of Tarifa and then Cadiz. Turning back inland, the road reaches Jerez de la Frontera, Seville, Cordoba and Granada, before getting back to the coast, to Malaga.

Each of the cities on the route has something special, and in all couples with find romantic things to do. The first stop, Tarifa, is the southernmost point of Europe, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. One romantic thing to do in the town is walk on the promenade that divides the two bodies of water.

Next, Cadiz, offers the most stunning sunsets overlooking both the city and the Atlantic Ocean. Here couples can enjoy romantic dinners and taste the most fantastic fish dishes in the entire county. 

Then head to Jerez de la Frontera, the hidden gem of this trip. Here is where the flamenco was born and, couples will enjoy for sure a passionate performance of the most traditional form of art in Andalucia.  Seville is romantic by default, with its gorgeous Plaza de Espana where couples can admire the Moorish architecture on a slow rowing boat ride on the river along the square.

In Cordoba, there is romance floating in the area in the old gardens of the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. The last stop of this road trip is Granada, with its famous Alhambra. To experience everything the city has to offer, you need to spend at least two days in Granada. One of the romantic things to do in the city is experiencing a session at the hammam, where both of you can relax your muscles, after a fantastic trip with plenty of walking.  Stay at the Five Senses Hotel and enjoy their rooftop pool.

#16 Algarve Road Trip in Portugal

Recommended by Linn from Brainy Backpackers

Ponta da Piedade in the Algarve in Portugal
The views along the Algarve coast in Portugal make it ideal for a road trip.

An Algarve road trip from Faro to Lagos is the perfect adventure for couples. Though it’s not a long distance, there are so many things to do along the way and mesmerizing places to see so you can easily spend a week with a few stops on the way.

Start your road trip in Faro, explore the old town and visit Algarve’s oldest museum, Faro Municipal Museum. In Faro you can spend the night at Lemon Tree Stay. Then continue your road trip to Albufeira and spend a night in Orange Terrace Hostel. Explore Albufeira’s old town which is perfect for a romantic dinner. You can go on a couple’s kayak trip to secluded beaches that you can only reach from the ocean.

Continue your journey to the tiny coastal village of Carvoeiro, where you can stay at Quinta Das Amendoas. Explore the cliffs along Carvoeiro boardwalk and Algar Seco or do the unforgettable coastal hike to the most beautiful beach in Portugal, Marinha Beach. Here you can walk through a tunnel in the rock side and find a tiny secluded beach. If you’re lucky, you get it all for yourself and can enjoy a romantic swim. But you can also stop by Benagil Beach on the way and rent a paddle board to see the famous Benagil Cave.

Next and final stop is Lagos. Stay at Casa Praya Mar for a romantic apartment with pool by the beach. In Lagos, you can go on a boat trip to see Ponta da Piedade, which might just be the most beautiful spot on the Algarve. You can walk hand in hand along the boardwalks on top of the cliffs and take the trip to the famous cliffs of Sagres. Here you’ll also find astounding beaches where you can take surf lessons.

The whole scenery in Algarve is perfectly set for a romantic road trip as there’s nothing like sharing such memories with your better half.

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Best Road Trips for Couples in North America

#17 LA to Lake Tahoe Road Trip

Recommend by Nicole from Bucket List Lists

lake tahoe
Lake Tahoe is gorgeous whether you visit in the summer or winter.

Looking for one of the BEST road trips for couples? Then look no further than the Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe Route. This drive is truly romantic because you get to experience incredible nature in California. While Lake Tahoe is a top USA bucket list destination, the entire drive there is absolutely stunning.

The total distance between cities is just under 7.5 hours with a lot of incredible stops. You can decide if you want to make the day and drive straight thru or you can plan to go half way and stay overnight to explore some of the incredible destinations on the way.

One of the coolest stops is to see Mammoth Lakes and Devil’s Postpile National Monument.

Yosemite National Park is definitely the most romantic place to stop between locations. If you visit during the spring when the waterfalls are gushing and hit an epic sunset, it will blow you away.

Other fun stops include: Topaz Lake and Mono Lake.

Once you arrive in Lake Tahoe, you will not want to miss Sand Harbor Beach. It is known for being crystal clear blue and you can see the boulders in the water, assuming you visit during warmer months. In the winter you will want to take advantage of the skiing and snowboarding opportunities and snuggling by the fire.

One of the best hotels in Lake Tahoe to check out is the Grand Residences by Marriott

#18 San Francisco to Seattle Road Trip

Recommended by Margie from DQ Family Travel

smith rock state park in oregon
Smith Rock State Park in Oregon is one of the many places you can explore on this road trip.

One of the best road trips for couples is driving from San Francisco to Seattle and checking out much of the Pacific coastline, national and state parks, and Pacific Northwest. There is so much to explore, experience, and eat!

San Francisco is filled with highly rated restaurants and tourist sites that could keep you entertained for days. Some of the romantic things you could enjoy are picnicking at Golden Gate Overlook, eating fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf, taking a tour to Alcatraz, and walking through Lover’s Lane at the Presidio. Next, stop at Mendocino and go kayaking through sea caves, biking along the Big River Trail, and stay at the beautiful Glendeven Inn.

Then, head to southern central Oregon to go zip-lining, biking, and white water rafting on the Rogue River. Crater Lake National Park is nearby and you could stay in the historic lodge overlooking the lake and hike some trails. Bend, Oregon is an outdoor lover’s dream town. It is filled with hiking opportunities with nearby state parks and public lands. It is also well known for its many breweries, trendy restaurants, and a very walkable downtown area.

Afterward, head towards the coast to enjoy the scenic drive, ride ATV’s on the Oregon coast sand dunes, and stay in Yachats with a room overlooking the water in Overleaf Lodge & Spa. A visit to Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach during low tide is a great activity and then head towards Portland to explore the city’s food/wine/beer scene.

Finally, the last leg of the road trip is a drive up to Seattle. Couples could enjoy walking through Pike Place Market, having a meal at the top of the Space Needle, and visiting the many museums the city has to offer.

#19 Florida Keys Road Trip

Recommended by Camila from Travel Cami

beach in the florida keys at sunset
On a road trip through the Florida Keys, you’re never far from the water.

The road trip from Miami to Key West is, by far, one of the most romantic drives in South Florida. The trip can take as long as you want to: the distance is about 165 miles, but the options to stop along the way are many. If you chose to drive it straight, it will take around 3 hours and a half on a regular day.

The most romantic thing about this road trip is the amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico that you will get to contemplate. The entire Overseas Highway has gorgeous panoramic views of the ocean that already make the drive worth it.

If you have the time, there are many places where you can choose to stop on your way from Miami to Key West. Some of the best include the Everglades National Park, Islamorada Beer Company, Robbie’s for tarpon feeding (I swear it’s a thing), Turtle Hospital, and the Dolphin Research Center.

It is recommended to drive during the day and spend the night in Key West, the last of the Florida Keys, once you get there. Some of my favorite hotels on the island include the Ocean Key Spa and Resort, Margaritaville, and Marquesa Hotel.  The next day (or two) you can explore Key West before heading back to Miami.

#20 Loneliest Road in America

Recommend by Bettina from The Next Trip

the loneliest road in america
You can see why this is called the loneliest road in America.

If you are looking to go on a Southwest American road trip and spend some alone time with your other half, the Loneliest Road in America is exactly what you are looking for. The Loneliest Road in America is exactly what the name suggests – lonely. But what this route lacks in civilization, it more than makes up with beautiful scenery, historic ghost towns, and incredibly romantic hot springs.

A road trip on the Loneliest Road in America takes you back in time as you make your way from west to east, visiting some of the best sights in Nevada. Start your road trip in Carson City near Lake Tahoe after spending a few days at the lake. Make your way east through Fallon and make sure you fuel up as it is the last bigger town for a while.

Your first stop is Sand Mountain Recreation Area which is a beautiful sand dune in the middle of nowhere and perfect to watch the sunset over Nevada. The next few days will take you through mountain ranges and ranchland providing you with incredible mountain scenery, to Austin, NV, a historic ghost town which could be from a movie set, and to one of Nevada’s many “secret” hot springs.

bartine hot springs in nevada which is shaped like a heart
It doesn’t get much more romantic that hot springs in the shape of a heart.

Nevada has more hot springs than any other state and more than 300 of them occur naturally. The most romantic of them all is called the Bartine Hot Springs and is a natural hot spring in the shape of a heart. Make sure to plan a stop and enjoy the peace and quiet while appreciating the view of snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Finding a place to stay along the Loneliest Road in America can be a challenge. If you enjoy camping, this is the perfect road trip to bring your camping gear along. There are a few campsites along the way or you can camp anywhere on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land. For anyone who prefers a proper bed, stopping in Fallon, Austin, or Eureka for the night are your best options.

#21 Michigan M22 Road Trip

Recommended by Sherry from Traveling Michigan

northport marina in Michigan
The Northport Marina is one of the quaint places you can stop on your M-22 road trip.

M-22 is an incredibly picturesque road trip that follows the west coastline of Michigan. This 116-mile state-designated scenic highway begins just north of Manistee and weaves past sparking lakes, rivers, soaring dunes, harbor towns and fruit orchards. It concludes in The Cherry Capital of the World, Traverse City. This road trip is perfect for couples as it is filled with heart pounding adventure, romantic vistas, and photographic opportunities.

A favorite stop along the way is the Arcadia Overlook. After climbing to the viewpoint, couples will be rewarded with outstanding views of Sleeping Bear Dunes and the crashing waves of Lake Michigan. It’s a great spot for photos to remember your adventures.

Note that there is a weekly visitor’s fee per vehicle while visiting. The pass can be purchased at the entrance to the dunes or online with the National Park Service at Pay.gov.

Be sure to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for a chance to climb the dunes and snap photos of the incredible views of Lake Michigan. A notable drive at the dunes is Pierce Stocking Drive, a curving roadway featuring a romantic covered bridge, picnic spots to have some quiet time with your significant other, dune hikes, and dune overlooks.

Glen Arbor is a quaint village, home to Cherry Republic, a cute store and restaurant offering everything cherry, including wine! A romantic hotel in Glen Arbor is The Homestead. The hotel boasts incredible water views and a pool. If you and your sweetheart wish to camp, the Platte River Campground has some secluded and quiet camp sites.

The following day, visit the fishing town of Leland, fondly called Fish Town, and wander the marinas and quaint downtown areas of Northport and Suttons Bay.

#22 Drive the North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota to Canada Border

Recommend by Tom from MN Trips

high falls in grand portage minnesota
The High Falls in Grand Portage, is one of the waterfalls you can chase on this road trip.

If your idea of romance is sharing the solitude and beauty of nature, you can’t beat the drive along Highway 61 on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Start in Duluth, about a two-hour drive north of the Twin Cities, and catch the iconic Highway 61 (made famous by Minnesota native Bob Dylan) heading north.

Your first stop on the 150-mile drive to the Canadian border is the most visited waterfall in Minnesota, Gooseberry Falls. Gooseberry is the centerpiece of one of the eight Minnesota State Parks that line the north shore, all of which feature waterfalls on rivers which descend from the Sawtooth Mountain range to the world’s largest freshwater lake.

You have your choice of any of the state parks that have well maintained hiking trails that will take you up into the hills for waterfalls, and often also for vistas of the big lake below.

Some of the waterfalls are very close to the highway. Gooseberry Falls and Cascade Falls, for example, are only a couple hundred yards from the parking lot. Others, like the Devil’s Kettle at Judge C.R. Magney Park, will cost you a couple miles up a steep path, but will reward your effort with a view of a split falls, one branch of which falls into a hole, seemingly never to emerge.

If you make it all the way to the Canadian border, there you’ll see the high falls at Grand Portage on the Pigeon River, which actually forms the border between Minnesota and Ontario. It’s the highest falls in Minnesota, and the most easily reached by a paved and boardwalk path that is wheelchair accessible. It’s a lingering romantic idyll well worth the drive.

As for places to stay, there are dozens of lodges and motels along Highway 61. The small towns of Two Harbors, Tofte, and Grand Marais also have several choices of places to eat. If you happen to be going during fall leaf season, be sure to make reservations early, because it gets pretty crowded in late September and early October.

#23 Ice Fields Parkway Canada

Recommended by Christina from Travel 2 Next

icefields parkway in Canada
The winter scenery makes the Icefields Parkway in Canada more romantic.

One of the most stunning road trips in Canada is the Icefields Parkway, which is a stretch of road in the province of Alberta from the town of Jasper in Jasper National Park to Lake Louise in Banff National Park. The Icefields Parkway is an incredibly scenic driving route, with glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, and forests to stop and explore along the way.

This Canadian Rockies drive is breathtakingly beautiful at any time of the year and is incredibly romantic in winter when the natural attractions are a white winter wonderland. Attractions along the way include several impossibly romantic spots such as Columbia Icefields, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, and the Glacier Sky Walk. Bow Lake is a good stop for views of mountains and glaciers, while Peyto Lake is the most photographed and is a picture-perfect spot for couples to escape.

What better way to propose than by a beautiful lake or while kneeling on a glassed floor platform 918 feet above the Sunwapta Valley? Another must-see spot is Athabasca Falls, which gush forcefully and there are several viewpoints from which to admire the waterfall.

Wildlife-loving couples will not be disappointed when driving the Icefields Parkway, as the area is home to an assortment of animals such as moose, black bears, and grizzly bears. So, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife! There are plenty of hiking trails along this drive to suit all fitness levels, from easy boardwalks to mountain trails where couples can get away from the holiday crowds.

#24 Baja California Whale Watching Road Trip

Recommend by Isabella from Boundless Roads

empty road in baja calfornia in mexico
Take a road trip through the dessert landscape in Baja and also do some whale watching.

What I love the most about Baja California are the infinite roads disappearing into the horizon among green cacti and red boulders in the rocky desert.  Then out on the water, you can experience the thrill of whale watching.  A two week Baja California road trip is perfect for couples that enjoy seeing wildlife, taking things at their own pace, and having total freedom.

When I started this Mexican roadtrip, I picked up a car at Los Cabos international airport and drove through Santiago, where I stopped for a hike in the Sierra de La Laguna and then continued south to Cabo Pulmo for some great snorkeling. That’s where I had my first encounter with whales. Two humpback whales, flipping out of the water right before my eyes, a mother whale with her baby, an incredibly emotional experience.

All my road trip was focused on whale-watching as I wanted to check out all the places where you could see them from a boat.  In fact, I drove all the way to Lopez Mateos, where I did two boat tours to see the grey whales, the friendliest among all. 

tail of a whale out of the water
There are so many amazing whale watching spots in Baja!

I continued to Loreto while admiring the spectacular views of the rugged coast on the turquoise Sea of Cortez.  I joined a tour to spot the blue whales, hanging out around Loreto Bay from December through March. And in fact, I saw many of them swimming in and out of the water at their usual and predictable rhythm with such graceful movements that seem impossible for such an extra-large creature.

Seeing the blue whales was not the only surprise of the day. We were blessed by the largest pod of dolphins I have ever seen in my life. There must have been hundreds of them flipping freely around our boat and scattered all over the entire bay. It was such an emotional view I was almost crying for joy.

The tour continued as I drove up to Guerrero Negro where Baja California Sur ends and back to San Ignacio, Loreto again, and ended in La Paz. I had a blast but the highlight of the entire trip was the seeing all the wildlife free in their natural environment, as it should be. We were only little humans graced by the opportunity to watch them.

#25 Domican Republic Road Trip

Recommend by Chris from Punta Cana Travel Blog

Dominican republic road with a view
A road trip in the Domican Republic would be quite scenic.

The Dominican Republic is an awesome and underrated road-trip country with many possible itineraries. My favorite road-trip for couples starts in the capital Santo Domingo, leads up to the north through the impressive Dominican mountains, goes all along the beautiful north coast and ends on the Samaná Peninsula with its pristine beaches and gorgeous landscapes.

On the departure day, you can head back from Samaná to either Santo Domingo or Punta Cana Airport. It’s suitable for a week but can be extended easily if you have more time.

Santo Domingo is perfect for couples as it combines the historic charm of the colonial old town with some of the most romantic places to eat and drink, such as restaurants at Plaza España or bars in historic courtyards. Make sure to book your accommodation in the Colonial Zone.

The first stop after leaving the capital city should be Jarabacoa, where you can do various outdoor activities and enjoy the impressive mountain area.  From Jarabacoa, it’s a 2-3 hour drive to the North Coast, where you have charming villages like Punta Rucia, Cabarete, Rio San Juan and Cabrera.

While Punta Rucia is perfect to explore the hidden gem of Cayo Arena, Cabarete is a must-see for bar and beach lovers, as the local restaurants and bars are all directly at the beach. Cabarete is also well-known for its young surfer vibe. On the other hand, places like Rio San Juan or Cabrera are more laid back and perfect for couples seeking tranquility.

beach with clear water in the Dominican Republic
Make sure to take some time to check out the beaches on your romantic Domican Republic road trip.

The last stop is the gorgeous Samaná peninsula, which counts for endless options of exploring. Pristine beaches, local fishing villages, lush vegetation and several activities such as ziplining, whale watching, ATVs or national park tours should make every couple happy. I recommend staying in Las Terrenas or Las Galeras.

On your last day, head back to either Santo Domingo (2 hour drive) or Punta Cana (4 hour drive) to end this fantastic Dominican Republic road-trip itinerary

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#26 Sacred Valley Peru Road Trip

Recommended by Clotilde from a Princess Travelling With Twins

steps up to a church in Chichero Peru
You’ll want to stop in Chinchero on your Sacred Valley road trip.

Driving through the Sacred Valley in Peru is an adventure that is a safe and easy experience to organize.  Just imagine, two people side by side watching the sun set as the road flows between lush and sparsely inhabited valleys, the romance of the open road…. well often too open, watch out for potholes.  Still it’s pleasant to drive as there is little traffic.

From Cusco you can embark on a 3-day road trip, to independently discover this culture rich in history and tradition.  On the first day, head to Pisac where, after wandering between the pleasant market and the hippy village, climb up to the archaeological site, where you can admire enchanting views over the cultivated terraces.

From Pisac drive to Chinchero, another village that hosts a colourful market.  You can also climb the long, steep staircase to a peaceful esplanade with a gracefully ancient colonial church, ruins, and a breath-taking view of the valley.  The day ends with a stop for the night at the enchanting Tambo del Inka hotel, a touch of luxury in the midst of the Sacred Valley.

On the second day drive to visit the impressive salt flats of Maras and the ruins of Moray before heading to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a very pretty village, but also a touristic one used by many as a base for visiting Machu Picchu. The site here is impressive and vast, so spend the afternoon exploring before an early night for the following day.

On the third day get up early, but leave the car parked because today is destination Machu Picchu (don’t forget to buy the entrance tickets well in advance), which can only be reached by train. Whether you decide to try for a souvenir photo of the sunrise in Machu Picchu or you’re more relaxed, this unforgettable visit will take all day. Upon returning to Ollantaytambo, the most melancholy part of the journey awaits, the drive back to Cusco.

#27 Ecuador La Ruta del Sol Road Trip

Recommended by Deb from the Visa Project

salinas ecuador
This road trip starts in Salinas where you can enjoy plenty of water sports.

For anyone who loves beaches, the route of the sun or La Ruta del Sol in Ecuador would make for a fantastic road trip. Whether you are celebrating your anniversary or simply planning on a romantic vacation, come to this amazing country and hit the beaches. While living as a digital nomad in Ecuador, I did this road trip a few times with my girlfriend and it is totally worth it.

It is a gorgeous coastal route that starts from Salinas and continues until Esmeraldas up north. It passes through various small beach towns, villages, and cities as well as the stunning Chongón-Colonche coastal mountain range.

In Salinas, referred to as the Miami of Ecuador, you can paraglide, surf, jet ski, and water ski in the warm waters of the bay.  Many of the beaches on this route are popular for surfing. If you are surfing enthusiasts, Montañita is a definite stop. It is a premier destination for surfers from all over the world and is a popular party town as well.

But if you are looking for a more intimate destination, Los Frailes and Isla De La Plata are two of the most amazing untouched beaches where you can lay beside each other to the sound of the gentle waves crashing. And the small villages like Olon and Ayampe are great to watch sunsets together.

There are many places to stay, starting from budget hostels to big resorts. I can definitely recommend the Punta Hills hotel in Montañita.  If you don’t want to rent a car, you can take buses to do this whole route as the public transport system is pretty inexpensive and connects all the stops.

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#28 Great Ocean Road

Recommended by Vicki from GreatOceanRoadGuide

great ocean road in australia
Great Ocean Road with its famous mountains, the winding road, cliffs, rocky beaches, the turquoise sea and its waves for surfing.

The Great Ocean Road is one of the most iconic road trips in the world – and is perfect for a romantic weekend escape.  Starting in Torquay (about 90 mins South West of Melbourne), the Great Ocean Road winds along the coast for 243km (151 miles) to Allensford, passing through multiple National Parks and cute seaside townships along the way.

There are lots of different things to see and do along the route: from Koala spotting in Kennet River, to chasing waterfalls in Cape Otway National Park, not to mention the incredible limestone stacks of the 12 Apostles Marine Park. And when it comes to beaches and stunning views – you literally only have to gaze out of the car window as you drive along the road!

Rather than do the whole road in a day (which is just about possible, but means you miss out on a lot) many people choose to stay overnight around the popular towns of Apollo Bay or Lorne – but to really kick up the romance, we recommend staying in the smaller villages of Wye River or Skenes Creek. Here you’ll find lots of amazing elevated cabins that sit high on the hillside with balconies offering panoramic views of the ocean – perfect for a night sitting under the stars listening to the waves below you. 

#29 Australia East Coast Road Trip

Recommended by Pauline from Beeloved City

whitsunday islands
You don’t want to miss the islands on this Australian East Coast road trip.

When it comes to road trips, Australia is one of the best destinations in the world! If you are looking for a romantic route, the East Coast will be the perfect choice.

You will be starting your road trip in Brisbane and drive all the way up to Cairns. Ideally, you’ll need at least 2 weeks to complete this 1700 km long road trip.  Along the way, you will discover beautiful towns and national parks such as: Noosa, Rainbow Beach, 1770 and Mission Beach.

But the true beauty of this trip is the islands! For an adventurous trip, head to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay. It’s the biggest sand island in the world!

Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world.

For romance and wellness, visiting the Whitsunday Islands are an absolute must do! You can go on a cruise, discover the stunning Heart Reef, walk up to Hill Inlet to admire the views over Whitehaven Beach, and stay in one of the best resorts in the world on Hamilton Island.

Once you reach Townsville, make sure to go on a day trip to Magnetic Island as well.

Finally, a road trip along the East Coast of Australia wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Great Barrier Reef. To do so, you can either go on a cruise, diving trip or book a scenic flight from Cairns or Airlie Beach.

You will find a lot of campsites along the way. Make sure to download the Wikicamp App to find them. If you want to treat yourself to a romantic getaway, the Beach Club on Hamilton Island or Daydream Island resort will be ideal.

Although this road trip is popular amongst backpackers, it is also extremely romantic. Watching the sunset on the islands, swimming at the beautiful waterfalls, eating breakfast on the beach… it has it all!

#30 Western Australia Roadtrip: Broome to Perth

Recommended by Karen from Smart Steps to Australia

The road trip from Broome to Perth is an unforgettable experience for a couple.  My husband and I drove from Sydney to Port Douglas on the east coast of Australia, then flew to Broome to begin our West Coast adventure. We collected a motorhome in Broome for our one-way journey down the coast.  It was so wild and the colours of the landscape were so vibrant.

On the trip, you can discover some of the world’s best beaches including the unique Shell Beach, a snow-white beach made up of billions of tiny, beautiful shells, and Coral Bay, the kind of lazy lagoon beach where you could lay and watch the turquoise water all day long.

We came face to face with so much wildlife – watching turtles lay eggs at Exmouth, observing dugongs and sharks at Shark Bay, being followed around camp grounds by wild emus, and snorkelling with sharks and turtles at the amazing Ningaloo Reef.

We made so many incredible memories on that road trip including star gazing in the desert and watching the sun set at Cable Beach.

Traveling in a motorhome gives you total flexibility, but it gets hot in summer so you’ll want to be able to hook up to use the air conditioning at campsites and they can get booked up in peak summer. Remember that water is a precious resource in Western Australia, so make sure you fill up the water tank when you get the chance, and likewise fill up with fuel when you can as petrol stations are few and far between on the long drives!

#31 New Zealand South Island 

Recommended by Trisha from Try Wandering More

the road to Christchurch from Mt.Cook/Tekapo
Taking a road trip with that special someone is the best way to see New Zealand’s South Island.

The New Zealand South Island road trip is simply epic. Traveling as a couple, you will be charmed by spectacular landscapes, awed by natural wonders, soak in thermal pools, visit vineyards, take strolls by lakes and beaches, dabble in adventurous activities, see the milky way come to life, and cosy up in the mountains.

Depending on where you’re coming from, this route can be one way or circular. If arriving from North Island on a ferry, you’ll start at Picton. In other caes, you’ll start and end at Christchurch, South Island’s largest city. On this route, you should stop at the following locations:

  • Kaikoura for whale watching and epic walks
  • Hanmer Springs to relax in the thermal pools
  • Hokitika for art and beaches
  • Franz Josef Glacier to glacier heli-hike or take a chopper ride through the Southern Alps.
  • Wanaka to visit vineyards, lavender fields, do epic hikes and stroll by the lake
  • Arrowtown, for a day trip that will transport you to the gold rush days.
  • Queenstown to tandem bungee jump and have a romantic private candle-lit soak at Onsen Hot Pools. The town is beautiful too.
  • Milford Sound to cruise through mighty fjords.
  • Glenorchy for a splendid short drive that will blow your away
  • Mt.Cook Village to cosy up, with New Zealand’s highest peak as your backdrop, and watch the starry sky in this Dark Sky Reserve.

Most locations are 1-4 hours away from each other so you can make multiple stops midway at viewpoints, lakes, waterfalls, etc. Don’t miss having some picnics in these picturesque spots.

If you’re traveling by campervan, you can book holiday parks that are at superb locations. If traveling by car, look for a vacation rental.

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#32 Namibia Road Trip

Recommended by Emma from Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

namibia landscape
The landscape in Namibia is perfect for a romantic road trip.

Namibia is often overlooked as a destination in favour of more popular African countries such as South Africa and Kenya but it is a hidden gem of the continent. It is relatively uncrowded and very unspoilt.

Because of its location in southern Africa – Namibia shares borders with Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa – there are several possible routes to take to explore the many wonders it has to offer. Most international flights (excluding flights from neighbouring countries) arrive in the capital, Windhoek, and, as such that is where the majority of tourists start and end their journeys. However, people also combine a trip to Namibia with one to one of the other countries, particularly Botswana and South Africa.

Namibia has many amazing places to visit including:

  • Kalahari Desert which boasts lots of wildlife, the breathtaking Fish River Canyon and the ghost town of Kolmanskoop
  • The vibrant red sand dunes and bleached white clay pans near Sesriem in Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei
  • The shipwrecks littering the Skeleton Coast and the remarkable sand dunes falling straight into the sea at Sandwich Harbour, near Swakopmund and Walvis Bay
  • Namibia’s first UNESCO Heritage Site with prehistoric rock carvings at Twyfelfontein and the desert wildlife in Damaraland
  • Etosha National Park and its spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities
  • The completely different landscape, lush vegetation and wildlife in the Caprivi Strip

There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Many people choose to do a self-drive safari in Namibia and hire 4x4s with tents on the top – there are campsites in all of the main areas to stay. For those not wanting to camp, there are bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and luxury lodges.

Namibia is a place where couples can get away from it all and disconnect. It is a place to share an adventure, to gaze at the stars together in a way that can be done in few other places on earth, and to experience seeing some of the planet’s most majestic species with each other.  

#33 Garden Route South Africa

Recommended by Rose from Where Goes Rose

scenic view on garden route in south africa
The Garden Route in South Africa is perfect for a romantic vacation.

The Garden Route makes a fantastic road trip in South Africa. There are beaches, hikes, quaint towns and plenty of opportunities for safaris and wildlife-spotting.

The best place to begin your road trip to Cape Town. From here, you can rent a car and begin the drive, stopping first in Mossel Bay, a lovely beach town. Here you can take the St. Blaize hike spotting dolphins from the trail.

Other fantastic places for your Garden Route itinerary include Wilderness known for its beaches and outdoor activities like kayaking, Plettenberg Bay where you can snorkel with seals and hike in Robberg National Park, and Storms River, a peaceful town well connected to Tsitsikamma National Park.

The Garden Route makes for a romantic road trip because there are no big cities or distractions. You’ll spend quality time together surrounded by beautiful scenery and share new experiences from safaris to hiking. Romantic places to stay along the way include Teniqua Treetops hotel near Knysna and Views Boutique Hotel & Spa, a treat-yourself venue beside a private beach.

Romantic, bucket list experiences along the Garden Route include wine tasting at Bramon Wine Estate, overlooking the lagoon at Knysna Heads (and sampling local oysters) and if you’re adventurous, ziplining and bungee jumping near Storms River! You’ll go home with memories for life. 

#34 Jordan Road Trip

Recommend by Lindsay from Step into Jordan

petra in Jordan
Petra is one of the highlights to see on your road trip in Jordan, but it’s definitely not the only one.

If you are looking for an epic road trip for couples, look no further than 7 days in Jordan. You can choose a circular route starting and finishing in Jordan’s capital, Amman, or you can do one way, ending in the south in Aqaba at the Red Sea and then taking a ferry to Egypt or crossing overland to Israel.

Seven days gives you time to see all of the highlights, without having to rush. If you have time for more, opt for 10.

There are three MUST stops on the way, those are the Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum. So many people come just for Petra, but they do not realize that there is so much more to see in Jordan. Roadtripping is best, as there is not good public transportation all over the country.

If you want a romantic stay in the Wadi Rum desert, splurge for a Mars dome tent at one of the many camps. Hasan Zawaideh Camp is a good choice and accessible by car.

Another epic place to visit that most people skip is to spend a night at Feynan Ecolodge, one of the top eco-lodge in the world. Lit with only candles, you get a real take on life for Bedouins in the desert and can watch the stars in Dana Biosphere Reserve without any light pollution.

Jordan is getting more and more accessible, with low-cost airlines flying into Aqaba. Aqaba is the perfect place to get away from Europe’s winter if you are looking for a long weekend getaway as well!

#35 Dubai to Khasab Oman Road Trip

Recommended by Yutki from Travel with Me 24×7 Blog

scenic road to oman
Enjoy a road trip through the mountains in the Middle East.

Enjoy the beauty of nature offering stunning coastal views, sighting dolphins while driving to Khasab from Dubai, UAE with your partner. Khasab, a small coastal city located on Oman’s Musandam peninsula, is blessed with stunning fjords. It’s earned the nickname of the Norway of the Middle East with its rugged landscape contrasting with its blue waters.

This road goes through the Jabal Jais mountains with hairpin turns and a zig-zag road. Though the drive is mountainous after you cross Oman border it is worth doing it for all stunning scenes and viewpoints. It will take about two and a half hours to drive the 200 kms to Khasab, making it a perfect weekend trip from Dubai. Just remember since you are going to another country you will need an Omani tourist visa.

It is an ideal trip for couples as the route is very romantic and peaceful too. In between there are many stops on sidelanes to stop by for view of water, especially a turns or junctions. The route from Oman border becomes very stunning and mostly the view of water comes on left side when you drive from Dubai to Oman direction.

In between there are no hotels as the route is perfectly scenic and full of nature. When you reach Khasab then you can stay at Atana Khasab Hotel or Atana Musandam hotel. I would recommend Atana Khasab as it is located on cliff and with view of Persian Gulf from your room. The hotel can arrange a romantic set-up for couples too. 

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#36 Road Trip: Delhi to Ladakh

Recommended by Rachita from Meanderwander

mountains in Ladakh in India
Take a road trip with that special someone through the rugged mountains in India.

A Delhi to Ladakh road trip is one of the most exciting road trips in India that attracts all kinds of travelers from around the world. Why so? Well, for the simple reason the journey is as beautiful as the destination.

This road trip starts from Delhi covering places like Manali, Keylong, Baralacha La Pass (4890 m), and Tanglang La Pass (5328 m) on the way to Leh in the Ladakh region. While in the area, you can travel to places in the Ladakh region such as Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Han Le, Tso Moriri, and then head back to Leh.

From Leh, you head back to Delhi from the same route or via Srinagar and end your epic road trip in North India. When you are driving from Delhi to Leh, make sure to stop on the Atan Tunnel (the longest highway tunnel in the world) and Suraj Tal Lake too. 

This road trip is perfect for adventurous couples and those who love the mountainous landscapes. The temperature is usually cold in these parts which gives you an added advantage of snuggling with your significant other and enjoying some hot beverages.

Moreover, you get to share the awe that you feel when you look at the unique mountains in the Ladakh region with someone you love. Trust me, a night stargazing in Ladakh while being surrounded by mountains with nothing to disturb you is priceless and too magical to describe in words.

To ensure that your trip doesn’t become hectic, you can plan your stays in Manali, Keylong, Leh, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Han Le, and Tso Moriri during your road trip. Apart from Manali and Leh, you will not find hotels in the other destinations and will have to make do with luxury camping or just a homestay in the more traditional places. Overall, this is one road trip that you will never forget and will cherish forever.

#37 Mumbai to Goa Road Trip

Recommended by Mayuri from Fernwehrahee

quiet beach scene
This romantic road trip to Goa is a mix of mountains and beaches.

Mumbai to Goa is an approximately 580 Kms trip that passes through the beautiful mountain range of western ghats. This trip is all about roads and not the actual destination- Goa! The best time to take this road trip is from September to March when the weather is at its best. If you are newlywed and want to enjoy the mountains along with beaches this is the best road trip you will take in your lifetime!

Basically, there are two routes for Mumbai to Goa Road trip via NH4 and the other is via NH 66.

If you take the NH4 route, you will pass through the famous Mumbai Pune expressway and then to Satara and Kolhapur. If you are taking this Mumbai to Goa road trip towards the end of September or October, you can visit Valley of Flowers Kaas Plateau in Satara and halt for a night there. Satara and Kolhapur are good pitstops for p the journey and you can visit Rankala Lake, Panhala Fort, and the Jyotiba Temple, etc.

After this, you can pit stop at Belgaum, before the remaining three hour journey to Goa. You can find many hotels and small restaurants along the way for food.

If you travel via NH 66, it is a 20 km shorter route than NH 4 but the drive is scenic with paddy fields and coconut trees along the way. One can stop at Ganpatipule for a night which has lovely beaches that are less crowded. There are many hotels along the beach.

You can also visit Chiplun and Ratnagiri (famous for its mangoes) on the way. If you love food, this route serves the best seafood. Once in Goa, you can enjoy the endless blue beaches of Goa. The Roadtrip takes 12-15 hours total but you should stop over for at least one night on the way.

Can A Road Trip Be A Romantic Vacation?

Yes! I think anytime you have quality time together, it can be romantic.  While you are driving, you can get to know each other better.  When you stop, take time to enjoy each other’s company.  As you can see from this list, there are a lot of road trips that offer memorable experiences.

Have you done a road trip with your partner?


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Expert Tips for a Couples Road Trip

  • Choose a destination that offers activities and attractions that you will both enjoy.
  • Share the driving if possible.  The person not driving can be responsible for navigation and music.
  • Make sure you have insurance that will cover your travel.  Research different options here.
  • Watch out for rental car hidden charges.  Get more information about rental car fees and insurance here.
  • Be sure to understand the road rules of the country where you are traveling.

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Last Updated on March 21, 2023

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Anisa is an experienced international traveler with extra pages in her passport and stamps from 41 different countries across 5 continents (and counting). She was born and raised in Texas. After a 13 year stint in NYC, she moved to England to live with her husband.