5 roads definitely worth travelling
Date Posted: 24/09/2014
From Japan to Iceland; why not try one or more of these five famous road trips?
1. Camino de Santiago, Spain
A network of routes, starting from various points in Spain and Portugal, as well as some in France and Germany; the Camino de Santiago (pictured) has been described as one of Spain’s best kept secrets.
The most popular pilgrimage is the Camino Frances as depicted in the film The Way - however, there are many other Caminos to choose from.
It’s an 800km pilgrimage with the route going from Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia.
The route takes anywhere from four to six weeks to walk depending on your ability, but those who have done it say it’s an amazing experience. You will see cathedrals and abbeys as well as other historic sites along your journey.
2. Silk Road, regions of Europe and Asia
Discover the ancient past as you travel along the Silk Road, the greatest and oldest of all trade routes.
For hundreds of years traders faced the dangers of mountains, deserts, hostile climates and even more hostile bandits in their efforts to bring the riches of the east to an eager west – not just silk but spices, paper, even gunpowder.
The route between Uzbekistan, taking in Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand is one of the most recommended routes.
3. Tokaido Road, Japan
The Tokaido was the most important of the five routes during the Edo period, and connected Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto.
It was the main route for people to carry out business and trade. The road contained 53 stations or rest areas where lodging, food and entertainment were available.
There is a stretch of the Tokaido where you can visit the reconstructed checkpoint station at Hakone to get a real feel for the ancient history of this route.
If you have time you can hike the seven-mile stretch which runs from Moto-Hakone to Hakone Yumoto.
4. Ring Road, Iceland
Iceland's Highway 1, commonly known as the Ring Road, is the only route that circles the island.
When driving on the 830-mile road, you can expect to find a beautiful coast, barren deserts, mud pools, waterfalls and more.
If you allow for a road trip of at least seven days, you can experience a drastically different landscape each day.
5. Historic Highway 49, California’s 'Gold Rush'
Ask Americans about the best road trip and you will more likely than not hear Route 66, but California’s Highway 49 should be on your list, too.
It takes you through central areas of Gold Rush country, through several well preserved mining towns and past the Gold Discovery Site.
The road passes by beautiful nature with numerous points to stop a gaze at amazing views. Columbia State Historic Park is recognized as the state’s best-preserved Gold Rush town.
This list was compiled by the team at VirtualTourist.com, which is a resource for travellers seeking an insider’s perspective.