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13 Epic European Road Trips (Before They Close Off The Borders)

"On the road again. I can't wait to be on the road again."

1. Scotland's North Coast 500

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From: Inverness

To: Inverness

Distance: Approximately 500 miles

Length: 4 to 5 days

Billed as Scotland's answer to Route 66, the North Coast 500 takes you on an epic journey around the country's most magical spots. Take the throne at the crumbling Urquhart Castle on the banks of the Loch Ness, spot dolphins at Chanonry Point, and explore the deep and cavernous Smoo Cave.

2. Route des Grande Alpes

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From: Thonon-les-Bains

To: Menton

Distance: Approximately 425 miles

Length: 7 days

Want to see the entire French Alps? If so, this is the perfect route for you. Meander in between Mont Blanc, the Durance river, and the Maurienne Valley making sure to stop at France's prettiest village, Bonneval-sur-Arc, along the way. Grand by name, grand by nature.

3. The Great Dolomite Road

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From: Bolzano

To: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Distance: Approximately 70 miles

Length: 2 days

Satisfy the nature lover and car enthusiast in you by combining the breathtaking scenery of Lago di Carezza and the Vajolet towers with an epic drive on the road to Arabba, which has over 75 hairpin turns.

4. From Bergen to Trondheim

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An overlook of the famous Trollstigen, a series of winding road going up over 500m to the top of the mountain, in Norway in a cloudy day.

Distance: Approximately 570 miles

Length: 3 to 4 days

Pack the tent for some wild camping around Norway. Visit some of the country's stunning fjords such as Voss, Gaularfjell, and the Geiranger waterfall. Plan your route to go via the Lærdal Tunnel (which is the world's longest road tunnel), the iconically crooked Trollistigen Road, and the architectural marvel that is the Atlantic Road.

5. The Basque Circuit

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From: Bilbao

To: Bilbao (via San Sebastian and Biarritz)

Distance: Approximately 570 miles

Length: 7 days

Basque Country may already be known as a gastronomical dream, but it's also a great road trip location. Start off your journey with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao before hitting up the pintxos culture of San Sebastian. Venture into France for a break in the coastal town of Biarritz before driving through the Pyrenees on your looping back round via Pamplona – the city made famous by the Running of the Bulls.

6. Amalfi Coast

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From: Naples

To: Amalfi (via Capri)

Distance: Approximately 130 miles

Length: 4 days

Hire a classic car and explore the picturesque Amalfi Coast in style. Start your trip in Naples with a stop at the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore before catching a drive-on ferry to Capri. Here, you can grab a chairlift up to the top of Monte Solaro before heading back to the mainland and traversing the coast road in your vintage steed all the way to the iconic Amalfi.

7. The Three Peaks Challenge

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From: Snowdonia National Park, Wales

To: Fort William, Scotland

Distance: 500 miles

Length: 2 days

Test yourself and your driving abilities with The Three Peaks Challenge. Climb and drive between Snowdon in Wales (1,085m), Scafell Pike in England (978m) and Ben Nevis in Scotland (1,345m) in the space of two days for a real adventure. In between climbing the tallest mountains in each respective country, the drive will take you through some of the most rural and stunning parts of England, Scotland, and Wales.

8. The Stelvio Pass

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The Stelvio Pass (Italian: Passo dello Stelvio; German: Stilfser Joch, also Stilfserjoch) is a mountain pass in northern Italy, at an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps.

From: Milan, Italy

To: Innsbruck, Austria

Distance: Approximately 260 miles

Length: 5 days

The Stelvio Pass sits 9,000 feet up in the Italian Alps and is characterised by its 48 switchback bends and stunning scenery. To experience this destination drive, arrive in Milan and plan to finish your adventure off with a trip to the thermal baths of Bermio before heading to Innsbruck to catch your flight.

9. The Alpenstrasse

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From: Lindau on Lake Constance

To: Schonau on Lake Konigssee

Distance: Approximately 280 miles

Length: 4 days

The Alpenstrasse or the German Alpine Road is perfect for history lovers. Start in the ancient island town of Lindau before moving onto Germany's capital of wellness, Oberstaufen, for the essential road-trip massage. Visit the magical Schloss Neuschwanstein before heading to Bad Tolz, which has been occupied since the end of the Ice Age. Visit the Kehlsteinhaus (better known as the Eagle's Nest) for an insight into the Nazi history in the country before finishing up at Schonau on Lake Konigssee.

10. Iceland's Ring Road

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Distance: Approximately 900 miles

Lengths: 7 to 10 days

Iceland is well known for its natural beauty and all-around awesomeness. There are too many highlights to mention for this one but make sure to leave plenty of time to explore the Thingvellir National Park, where the earth's tectonic plates are being ripped apart, and the Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon. To see the infamous (and sometimes elusive) Northern Lights, visit between September and mid-April.

11. Athens to Monemvasia, Greece

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From: Athens

To: Monemvasia

Distance: Approximately 300 miles

Length: At least 3 days

The classical mystique of Greece may be best navigated by a gladiator-esque chariot, but these days it may be easier to just hire a car and crack on. Start off in Athens and head south to Monemvasia stopping at Argolis, Nauplia, and Kardamyli along the way to explore the scenery and the winding (and occasionally treacherous roads). Head inland and make time to visit the castle town of Mystras – the cultural and political centre of Byzantium.

12. The Transfăgărășan Road

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From: Transylvania

To: Timisoara (via the Transfăgărășan Road)

Distance: 400 miles

Length: 4 days

Explore the Carpathian landscape outside of Translyvania (not just for vampires, you know) before making your way towards the Transfăgărășan Road. The route's hairpin turns, S-curves, and sharp descents gives it its road trip worthy status. Make a trip to the Bigăr waterfall before finishing off in the oft under-appreciated city of Timisoara.

13. The Auvergne, France

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From: Paris

To: Paris (via the Auvergne)

Distance: Approximately 900 miles

Length: 7 to 10 days

For an epic jaunt around France, make a loop from Paris through the Auvergne and back again making stops for the spa town of Vichy, the medieval villages (and the beef) of Salers, and the UNESCO crowned cathedral of Le Puy en Valey.

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