Ten of the world’s most underrated road trips

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We know the wonders of a road trip through the canyons of Utah, or the Amalfi Coast of Italy, or along the coast of California. But so many roads offer all kinds of beauty around the world.

Road trips have become a popular way to see the world, especially after Covid, as more and more people feel uncomfortable using public transport,” said Alex Kindred, auto insurance expert at Confused.com. “But as the popularity of road trips increases, so does the traffic along the route. Choosing an underrated route is a great way to experience the fun of a road trip and avoid the crowds.”

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Right now I’m in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, and a beautiful country road between Penn Yan and Geneva takes my breath away unexpectedly. There are many such scenic roads, so look them up and ask the locals wherever you are.

A study by confused.com analyzed the top-50 highest-rated drives that least Google searches over the past 12 months to reveal the world’s most underrated road trips. (Six US routes are in the top 10.) Here they are:

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Top 10 Most Underrated Road Trips:

rank; Road trip Country; % of ‘Good’ ratings; Annual search volume; Overall score /10

1- Causeway Coastal Route, United Kingdom; 98.1%; 23,700; 9.19

The most underrated road trip is the UK’s Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland. Despite 98.1% of TripAdvisor reviews of the trip being positive, the road trip had only 23,700 searches in the past 12 months. The journey takes in many popular landmarks such as the Glens of Antrim, as well as famous filming locations of Game of Thrones.

In third place are two road trips in the US. Foothills Parkway in Tennessee offers spectacular views of both the Great Smoky Mountains and the Tennessee Valley.

Lamar Valley, on the other hand, offers the opportunity to spot wildlife, sometimes referred to as “America’s Serengeti.” Drivers may have the chance to see wolves, bison, pronghorn, badgers and bears.

The U.S. Trail Ridge Road, Beartooth Highway, San Juan Skyway, and Needles Highway are also in the top 10.

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2 – Route des Cretes, France; 98.5%; 131,200; 8.27

In second place is the Route des Crêtes in France. Despite the stunning and highly rated views this road trip has to offer, this trip was only searched 131,200 times in the past year.

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3- United States Foothills Parkway; 97.5%; 68,700; 8.17

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3- United States of America; 97.4%; 68,000;8.17

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5- Trail Ridge Road, United States; 98.6%; 156,400; 7.86

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6-United States Beartooth Highway; 98.2%; 142,300; 7.66

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7- Route Napoleon, France; 100.0%; 270,200; 7.45

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7- San Juan Skyway, United States; 95.7%; 24,780; 7.45

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7- Needles Highway, United States; 97.9%; 140,500; 7.45

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10- Great St Bernard Pass, Italy; 96.4%; 82,800; 7.25

“If you’re planning an upcoming road trip, the route isn’t the only thing you need to consider before starting your journey,” Kinread says.

“If you’re planning to drive your own car along the route, it’s important to check your car insurance to make sure your vehicle is fully insured abroad. If you are planning to rent a car for your trip, you can always check the cost of car hire abroad as well. Car rental can be a huge expense, especially when combined with fuel costs, which vary from country to country.

“If drivers are driving abroad, they must also ensure that they have a valid driver’s license with them. It is also important to research the driving rules in the country they are visiting and whether they need an international driver’s license to drive there.

(If you want to learn more about the joys and tips of road tripping, listen to my award-winning travel podcast, Places I remember: Episode 18, for a road trip in France/Belgium; Episode 32, for a road trip along the California coast; Episode 34 to learn about road tripping in a recreational vehicle; and Episode 52, Chasing the Blues from Mississippi to Memphis. Follow on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts, or on my website in the link in my bio.)

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