Discover Europe through Road Trips

There’s nothing quite as freeing as hopping in your car and embarking on an adventure. If this sounds like a good time to you, grab your international driver’s permit and pack your bags.

Europe offers a variety of exceptional drives that will have you winding on mountainside routes and on to scenic sea-hugging roads.

The possibilities are endless but here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Get to Scotland and begin your journey via the North Coast 500, a 516-mile route beginning and ending at Inverness Castle. The route, launched in 2015, brings you around the north coast of the country and features breathtaking vistas including Applecross Peninsula, Ullapool, Durness and of course, Inverness.

Rome to Naples via Amalfi Coast, Italy

Begin in Rome and head to Naples via the coast; you’ll experience remarkable views while getting an in-depth look at two of the country’s most important cities. After at least a couple of nights in the Eternal City, drive to Salerno, an ancient port city just southeast of Naples.

Divide your time and stay in towns like Positano, Sorrento and Amalfi for at least two days each. Walk around the frozen-in-time ruins, then head to Naples for some pizza.

Lisbon to Porto, Portugal

Visiting Portugal can be frustrating just choosing what city to visit. Instead, hop in the car and head to both Porto and the capital of Lisbon in one trip.

Start in the culture-filled capital and wind your way around the coast with the Atlantic Ocean to the west. You may want to take a day to stop in Aveiro, Portugal’s answer to Venice, with a network of canals and streets lined with colorful buildings.

Finally, arrive in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, where you can relax by the river or cross over its bridges for a panoramic view of the city.

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