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Put your pedal to the metal and get away. Whether you nip over to the Continent and discover some European gems or take a holiday further afield and hire a car, we’ve got four inspirational destinations for driving holidays that will really get your motor running…

The USA is the spiritual home of the fly/drive holiday, with classic drives like Route 66 to explore. New England is perfect for a leisurely driving holiday, with varied scenery and historic destinations – Boston to Cape Cod is a popular route. Or you might want go west and include California’s cliff-hugging Pacific Highway on your route – a mere 147 miles from Carmel to Morro Bay, it delivers some breath taking views.

Continental Europe

It’s on our doorstep, so a driving holiday round your favourite European country is a great option. You could plan a route and book your hotels or if you’ve got a caravan, hitch up and off you go. Either way, why not head off the beaten track to discover some hidden gems such as the lush Galicia region in North West Spain, or La Drôme in France, a great alternative to Provence?

How does your garden grow?

Running from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town, South Africa’s famous “Garden Route” is a scenic drive along the coast taking in beautiful scenery along the way. It’s not a long drive – just 150 miles – so worth frequent stops to explore en route. You could see some amazing plants, which have put the Cape Floral Region on the World Heritage list for biodiversity. There’s also Knysna Elephant Park and you might like to look out for southern right whales from June to November and humpbacks from May to December.

Explore the ice lands

Short but stunning sums up Canada’s Icefield Parkway in the Rockies. The Parkway links Lake Louise with Jasper and runs through two National Parks – Banff and Jasper. Drive this route and you’ll pass turquoise lakes, soaring mountains, waterfalls, forests, glaciers and of course, the Columbia Icefield. It isn’t a route to put your foot down and whizz through – take your time to enjoy the scenery and keep your eyes peeled for deer, black bear and coyotes!

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Sunset over Route 66