The world’s most beautiful road trip destinations, ranked

From the islands of Portugal to the mountains of New Zealand, there are some pretty stunning locations on’s list

Liv Kelly
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Liv Kelly
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Funchal, Madeira - view from Botanical Gardens
Funchal, Madeira | Photograph: Shutterstock

We know a thing or two about brilliant road trips, but it can’t hurt to have a second opinion – there’s quite a lot of road to cover, after all. Handily, (I mean, who else) have compiled more than 250,000 reviews to rank the best cities in the world for road trip scenery, and the results are in. 

Claiming the top spot is Hobart, the state capital of Tasmania in Australia. It sits at the base of Mount Wellington, also known as kunanyi, and is apparently a popular spot for tourists who want to journey all the way up to the top for those sweet, sweet views. 

In second place it’s Funchal in Portugal, an area on the stunning island of Madeira, which is home to the UNESCO-protected Laurisilva Forest. The Greek island of Kefalonia came in third place, with the Cave of Melissani a go-to destination for drivers. All sounds rather lovely, right? Check out the rest of the list. 

The 10 most beautiful road trip destinations in the world

  1. Hobart, Australia
  2. Funchal, Portugal
  3. Kefalonia, Greece
  4. Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  5. Larnaca, Cyprus
  6. Christchurch, New Zealand
  7. Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  8. Menorca, Spain
  9. Lanzarote, Spain
  10. Budapest, Hungary

To read more about’s study, you can do so here. And here are our guides to the best road trips in the USA, the UK, Europe and the world

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