Get behind the wheel: romantic road trips

Get behind the wheel: romantic road trips

Jack Palfrey rounds up six unforgettable trips on four wheels

Wrestling with the thought of selecting just one destination for your honeymoon? Then why not take to the road and experience the sense of freedom and adventure that comes with a trip without boundaries? Here are six unique ideas for dream honeymoon road trips, each with a suggested vehicle to transport you and your partner from A to B in style.

France

Vehicle: Citroen DS
Route: The Romantics Triangle: Paris, Bordeaux, Monaco
Distance: 1,450 miles
Recommended time: Two weeks

Does the thought of cruising through the French Riviera in a top down convertible with your partner sound romantic? Of course it does, and what better vehicle to carry you and your new spouse through this unequivocally romantic region than the classic Citroen DS, one of the most beautiful cars in the world. Begin your journey in the city of love, Paris, where pre-departure trips to must see attractions like the Eiffel Tower can be paired with lazy days spent curled up in Latin Quarter bookshops.

Hit the road and head south along the E5 to Bordeaux, famous for its historic grandeur and of course, incredible wine. A tour of a local vineyard is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, complete with a complimentary glass or two of Cabernet Sauvignon - probably best to leave the car at the hotel for this one!

Get back behind the wheel and head east along the coastal road towards Monaco, where you'll look right at home parked up in front of the luxury yachts at the glamorous Port Hercules harbour.

Canada

Vehicle: Jeep
Route: Cabot Trail
Distance: 185 miles
Recommended time: Ten days

Ranked as one of the best road trips in the world, the Cabot Trail highlights Nova Scotia at its most sublime. For this wilderness adventure you need a machine that won't look out of place cruising along a beautiful coast-hugging highway, but also isn't afraid of getting a little dirty - a job best suited to the classic American Jeep. The Cabot Trail begins at the west end of Bras d'Or Lake, weaving its way north-west past the quaint fishing towns of Margaree and Cheticamp - both great spots for whale watching - before heading into the extensive Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The park offers travellers some of the most gorgeous scenery anywhere in the Maritimes, where a mix of deep wooded valleys, rocky coastal headlands and soft green hills await you and your partner. Take your time as you begin to work your way back south, with plenty of overnight stays in scenic villages, including the cultured yachting town of Baddeck - home to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.

Western USA

Vehicle: Ford Mustang
Route: Route 66
Distance: 2,450 miles
Recommended time: Three weeks

The romance of Route 66, the 'mother road', continues to captivate people across the globe, earning itself a permanent fixture on the classic travel bucket list. On this special occasion, take it one step further and make the legendary journey in style and comfort with the all-American Ford Mustang, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Cruise your way from Chicago to Los Angeles as some of America's most archetypal roadside scenes flash past the windows. It's hard not to find yourself swept up in the nostalgia of it, after all, this is the road that carried thousands of families hoping for a better life in the West as they escaped the American dustbowl of the 1930s. Quirky, often weird, roadside attractions, motels and diners nestled in sleepy towns mean it's easy to ease off the accelerator, park up and slow down the pace. While trips to the popular the metropolises of Amarillo, Albuquerque and San Francisco involve only minor detours.

New Zealand

Vehicle: VW Campervan
Route: Southern Island Coastline
Distance: 1,200 miles
Recommended time: Three weeks

Is there anything more romantic than lying with your partner under a star-filled sky a few hundred miles from anywhere? Taking a campervan around New Zealand's southern island is something most travellers have fantasised about at one time or another, and a honeymoon is the perfect time to make this classic travel experience a reality. Of course, if you really want to make the trip in style then your vehicle has to be the VW Campervan, a 60s icon that has become the global symbol of road-tripping. Spend quality time together trundling past dramatic mountain scenery, golden coastline and still crystal lakes on a clockwise circuit of the island. If you do find yourself wanting to reconnect with society, stopovers in towns like Otago Harbour - home to penguins, seals and sea lions - and Blenheim - the heart of the Marlborough Wine Region - are picturesque towns perfect for newlyweds.

Ireland

Vehicle: DeLorean
Route: Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Derry, Belfast
Distance: 475 miles
Recommended time: One week

The Emerald Isle is famous for a lot of things (horse racing, leprechauns and Guinness included) but one lesser-known fact is that Northern Ireland was the home of the first DeLorean factory. The American Car company, whose DeLorean DMC-12 famously appeared in hit film Back To The Future, chose Dunmurry at the site of its first plant back in 1981. To celebrate this hidden heritage, take a trip back in time to discover the traditional rural side of 21st century Ireland. Start in Dublin by dropping in to Ireland's oldest pub, The Brazen Head, where traditional live music is performed each night. Jump in your DeLorean and forge a trail south to Dublin where fresh oysters are the catch of the day. Take on a more active role as you head to the east coast, where a brisk walk up Horn Head - the most breathtaking of county Donegal's rugged peninsulas - and a morning surf at Easkey will definitely shift things up a gear.

Mongolia

Vehicle: Anything with an engine
Route: London - Mongolia (by any means necessary)
Distance: Over 10,000 miles
Recommended time: Six weeks

Put your marriage to the test by taking part in the 10th annual Mongol Rally and join hundreds of teams as they 'race' from the UK to Mongolia, all while raising money for charity. Start the new chapter of your lives with the trip of a lifetime, as you journey through, France, Germany, Romania, Russia and Kazakhstan. Spend the days recalling tales of youth and innocence while the road disappears in your rear view mirror, and spend the evenings arguing about who is going to set up the tent.

Upon your return home you'll likely have some remarkable stories to share with friends and families, not to mention some distinctive honeymoon snaps of you and your partner stranded in the Gobi Desert.

Image courtesy of Visit California.

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