The best road trips to take with your family
Vacations are always made better with a meandering drive out of a bustling city. Imagine wind in your hair while cruising through gorgeous scenery, hours of bonding time with your loved ones and not forgetting, car karaoke at the top of your lungs. It doesn't even matter if you go off key, because it's all in the name of having a good time. With every road trip, it's always better when the whole family's together, so Dad can navigate unfamiliar routes while Mum force-feeds snacks and drinks. Ready for the drive of a lifetime? Our friends from British Airways take us through some of the world's most memorable drives.
Take a coastal drive and dolphin watch in Australia
Start off by embarking on the exhilarating Grand Pacific Drive at the Royal National Park in Sydney, which rolls over the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge, which lends some of the world's most breathtaking views. When it ends at Nowra, continue south to Jervis Bay — the secret is to steer away from populated areas and take the road that's less common to tourists. The three-hour drive will wind through stunning coastlines where you'll witness the region's cliffs and vast oceans. Time to stretch your legs? Take a stroll down the White Sands Walk, a narrow trail with lush sands and glittering turquoise waters. To keep the kids entertained, book your family on the Jervis Bay Wild eco-cruise from the quaint seaside town of Huskisson, and sit out on the deck spotting whales and dolphins. We can't think of anything more fun and educational for your motley crew.
Immerse in Spain's historic wonders
Not known to many, you can take an enriching road trip from the vibrant city of Barcelona. An hour's drive will get you to Monsterrat Monastery, nested in the rocky peaks north-west of Barcelona. While you're there, soak in the angelic voices of the Montserrat L'Escolonia boys' choir whilst admiring the majestic architecture of the monastery. If you're seeking spiritual awakening, visit the Black Virgin sculpture, said to have mystic healing powers to protect one from negative energy. Art enthusiasts will be floored at The Art Museum at Monsterrat, which houses an extensive collection of artistic masterpieces from the 13th to 20th centuries. Who says booming reggae tunes and seafood tapas plates are all that Barcelona has to offer?
Enjoy gastronomical treats and beautiful landscapes in Boston and Maine
Venture out of Boston to the rocky coastline of Maine, where a four-hour drive up to Portland awaits. Along the way, there are many New England towns to explore such as Newport, where you'll see many cottages built in renaissance style. Must-visits include the iconic Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park — nature lovers will relish in long hikes through luscious pine forests and marvel at its rugged coastal beauty. You can also make a trip down hipster town Camden, where you'll get to walk through its eclectic mix of markets and music venues. If you're missing a picture to stick on your fridge, visit the historic Curtis Island Lighthouse for a quick family photo op. Before leaving, savour a delectably fresh lobster roll when you're in Maine, certain to keep both the adults and kids happily sated.
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