The best cars, motorbikes and destinations for road trips

For some people, lying on the beach in the glorious sunshine is their ideal holiday. For others, the more adventurous, they crave the possibility of discovery.

Road trips allow you to get up close and personal to the incredible landmarks, scenery and communities that many holidaymakers miss out on. Depending on where you go, it could be a full-throttle off-road adventure, a windy mountainous climb, or a luxurious coastal or countryside cruise.

So here’s a guide to some of the best cars and motorbikes for different types of road trip.

​The Long, Open Road Drive

Some of the most famous road trips involve driving across huge countries such as America or Australia, with seemingly endless roads and vast landscapes.

Harley Davidson

Harley Davidsons are famous for this kind of road trip. You’ve all seen Easy Rider right? The long straight roads are great for building momentum on a Harley which helps gives bikers that sense of freedom. This is why Route 66 is so popular within the biking community.

The Harley Davidson Road King Classic would be a great choice for its combination of 1960s design and modern Harley performance.

Volkswagen California

For families or a group of friends, travelling cross-country on the long, open road, a Volkswagen California will turn your trip into a luxurious and practical dream. You’ll never need to pay for accommodation because the Volkswagen California can sleep four people, comes fitted with a kitchen, heating and tons of storage.

So if you’re driving through the Australian Outback, for example, you can just pull over at any time, watch the sun go down with a BBQ and go again the next day.

The British Countryside Drive

Britain has some of the most stunning countryside drives in the world, so it’s no surprise that more and more people travel from all over to destinations such as the Lake District, the Welsh Valleys and the Scottish Highlands.

Land Rover Discovery 

Few cars are more appropriate to tackle some of the more treacherous elements of a British countryside road trip than the new Landrover Discovery.

Not only is it British-built, the new Discovery is one of the most versatile SUVs around, with impeccable off-road capabilities and an abundance of luxurious design and technology.

MINI Convertible

For the more elegant and summery countryside drive, a MINI Convertible is perfect for navigating the small villages and narrow roads so synonymous with the British countryside. It’s a car that oozes British charm, making it tailor-made for a glorious road trip in the country.

The Windy Mountain Drive

Some of the most popular road trips involve meandering through incredible and vast mountain ranges. The Alps, for example, are spread across eight European countries and provide some of the most dramatic roads imaginable.

Aston Martin DB11

It’s hard to think about driving through the Alps without thinking of James Bond. Therefore, the Aston Martin DB11 is the ideal car for a mountainous road trip on a romantic getaway. Not only is it a car befitting of such beautiful scenery, but it will glide through winding mountain roads thanks to the DB11’s excellent handling and acceleration.

Volvo XC90

For many mountainous regions, drivers have to contend with plenty of snow which makes safety a prime consideration.

So if your mountainous road trip takes place during winter, then a large and luxurious SUV such as the Volvo XC90 has a wealth of innovative safety technology to provide much-needed re-assurances for you and your passengers.

Additionally, the spacious interior of the XC90 will ensure a comfortable ride so you can just relax and soak up the wintery landscapes.

The Luxurious Coastal Drive

The most famous coastal driving routes involve a plethora of stunning beaches and coastal towns filled with great bars and restaurants. So if this is the kind of road-trip destination that floats your boat, then a trip across the French Riviera or the Amalfi coast in Italy would be highly recommended.

Mercedes-Benz SLC

If you want the car to match the style or luxurious nature of these locations, then the Mercedes-Benz SLC ticks all the boxes. It’s one of Mercedes-Benz’s most stylish sports cars and will feel incredible driving it through the mix of quiet and bustling coastal regions with the roof down.

Maserati GranCabrio

Another convertible which will be completely at home cruising along the world’s prettiest coastal routes is the Maserati GranCabrio.

Based on the Quattroporte, the Maserati GranCabrio slots easily into the high-performance range and provides style in abundance.

Its glamorous open-top design makes it very easy to imagine driving across the picturesque Amalfi coast in this Italian-made sports car.

Its four seats mean that you can travel with friends and family, all of which will experience a stunning coastal road trip in one of the most exciting cars currently on the market.

These are just a few examples of some of the best cars for different types of road trips. But whichever type of road trip you go on next, think about taking the car or motorbike that will make it that bit more special. Look out for more road trip guides and tips on the Jardine Motors blog.