Lonely Planet reveals the world’s most thrilling road trips

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For many people, the idea of travelling the open road is their dream holiday. Lonely Planet’s Epic Drives of the World will help make that dream a reality…or provide for some inspiring armchair travelling.

From the fairy tale scenery of Germany’s Black Forest to the breathtaking ascent in Montana’s Glacier National Park or the gourmet discoveries of Spain’s northern coast, the journeys described in this book will make you want to pack your bags and hit the road.

The hardback book is divided into five sections, each covering a geographical region: Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Journeys include iconic bucket-list adventures – such as Route 66 in the USA and Iceland’s Magic Circle – to the lesser known – such as Slovakia’s Storied Route 59 and the trip from Havana to Vinales in Cuba.

Six Australian road trips make it into the book: The Great Ocean Road; the journey from Hobart to Queenstown; The Gibb River Road; The Captain Cook Highway; The Great Alpine Road; and the drive from Alice Springs to Darwin.

Each of the 50 main road trips is described over four pages, beginning with a first-hand account of the trip together with a simple map.

The major attractions of the Black Forest High Road are of the natural kind, such as my first stop: the Geroldsauer Wasserfall, now encrusted with icicles. Beyond the falls, a trail picks its way through the woods to the Waldgaststatte Butthof, which is a tavern full of woody warmth and local characters sipping spiced Gluhwein (mulled wine) and devouring thick-cut bread topped with smoky Schwarzwalder Schinken (Black Forest ham). It’s a great stop for a snack before easing back into the drive, which weaves through a delicate fretwork of forest, high moors and gently rounded hills.  [Kevin Raub in his account of Germany’s Black Forest High Road]

The final page of each trip provides a fact box with planning information such as distance, how to get there, when to go, and where to stay and eat. Beautiful awe-inspiring photographs of the journey fill out the pages.

Following each main drive are brief descriptions of three similar journeys. Usually these additional drives are in different countries to the main trip. In the case of Roving the Baltic: Estonia to Lithuania, for example, the ‘More like this’ suggestions for war history drives are Normandy & Brittany (France), The American South and Scotland. Other times the drives feature similar trips in the same country. The Great Alpine Road journey is followed with suggestions of three Great Victorian Drives: The Black Spur, Along the Murray River and Mansfield to Marysville.

Lonely Planet’s Epic Drives of the World will provide you with fresh inspiration for your next road trip, whether that’s close to home or the other side of the globe.

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