With many people still being wary of international travel and staycations continuing to rise in 2021, Pentagon Motor Group was curious to discover the most beautiful bucket list journey’s that travellers can tick off without leaving the comfort of their car…

The research involved analysing over 7 million Instagram hashtags associated with the world’s most popular road trip destinations and calculating how many Instagram pictures are shared per mile of the journey; the country with the most Instagram posts per mile being crowned the most picturesque in the world.

The results reveal that Australia’s Great Ocean Road is the most beautiful road trip route in the world; covering 157 miles of road in the land down under, The Great Ocean Road has an impressive 1,321,570 hashtagged images of it on Instagram, meaning that nearly 8,418 pictures are taken per mile.

South Africa’s Chapman’s Peak Drive came in at #5 on the top 10 list.

Stretching alongside the south-eastern coast of Australia between the cities of Torquay and Allansford, the beautiful route was constructed in 1932 and has continued to be one of the most popular tourist excursions in Australia.

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Top 20 Most Beautiful Road Trips:

 

  1. Great Ocean Road, Australia – 8,418 pictures per mile
Aerial view of the world famous Great Ocean Road
Aerial view of the world famous Great Ocean Road
Copyright: gregbrave
  1. Big Sur, USA – 5,226 pictures per mile
Scenic view of world famous Highway 1 with the rugged coastline of Big Sur in beautiful golden evening light at sunset in summer, California Central Coast, USA
Scenic view of world famous Highway 1 with the rugged coastline of Big Sur in beautiful golden evening light at sunset in summer, California Central Coast, USA Copyright: jakobradlgruber

 

  1. Jebel Hafeet, United Arab Emirates – 4,840 pictures per mile
Jebel Al Jais the tallest mountain in the UAE
Jebel Al Jais the tallest mountain in the UAE Copyright: James Sullivan

 

  1. Hai Van Pass, Vietnam – 4,298 pictures per mile
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The road of the Hai Van Pass in Vietnam Copyright: hecke

 

  1. Chapman’s Peak Drive, South Africa – 3,425 pictures per mile
Chapman's Peak Drive
21089466 – Chapman’s Peak Drive Copyright: Ilko Iliev

 

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway, USA – 1,148 pictures per mile
  1. Going-To-The-Sun Road, USA – 940 pictures per mile
  1. Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland – 853 pictures per mile
  1. Olympic Peninsula Loop, USA – 798 pictures per mile
  1. Icefields Parkway, Canada – 781 pictures per mile

The next ten include:

11. Route 66, USA – 780 pictures per mile
12. Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria – 677 pictures per mile
13. Pacific Highway, Australia – 657 pictures per mile
14. Tioga Pass, USA – 533 pictures per mile
15. Military Road, UK – 483 pictures per mile
16. Cabot Trail, Canada – 466 pictures per mile
17. Hana Highway, USA – 345 pictures per mile
18. The Atlantic Road, Norway – 294 pictures per mile
19. Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland – 244 pictures per mile
20. North Coast 500, Scotland – 226 pictures per mile


The longest route on the top 20 list is the world-renowned Route 66 which covers a huge total of 2,448 miles through eight American states (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois) and spans three different time zones. Besides Route 66, as it is commonly called,  the road also goes by many other names; such as,  “Mother Road”, “The Main Street of America” and “The Will Rogers Highway”.

Pentagon Motor Group’s full findings can be found here: https://www.pentagon-group.co.uk/news/worlds-most-beautiful-road-trips.