Australia can offer many options when it comes to road-trips, with the vast open plains of the outback giving tourists some great adventures. One of the most idyllic stretches of road, however, is the Great Ocean Road. ''Starting in the city of Melbourne the 150 mile stretch follows the South Australian coastline allowing you to discover rainforests, remote beaches and the famous 12 Apostles.

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Brits wanting to do something different with their holidays this year are being encouraged to swap the taxi for a car when they reach their destination

Motoring experts from car leasing giant LeaseCar.uk are encouraging holidaymakers to get behind the wheel if they really want to experience authentic culture on their overseas trips.

The 86 mile long route allows you to explore the UNESCO-listed Dolomite Mountains. It runs between Bolzano and Cortina dAmpezzo in the north of Italy and takes you through the rocky landscape of the Rosengarten area.''Littered with small villages, traditional food is never far away. At its 2,239 meter peak you begin to then snake down a valley giving you views of Lake Carezza and Andraz castle. It is passable in every season, although care must be taken in winter months.

5. 6. Great Dolomite Road, Italy

The 86 mile long route allows you to explore the UNESCO-listed Dolomite Mountains. It runs between Bolzano and Cortina dAmpezzo in the north of Italy and takes you through the rocky landscape of the Rosengarten area.''Littered with small villages, traditional food is never far away. At its 2,239 meter peak you begin to then snake down a valley giving you views of Lake Carezza and Andraz castle. It is passable in every season, although care must be taken in winter months.
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Linking the Western and Eastern Capes, George is seen as the Gateway to the Garden Route. Situated at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains the lush green city is a stark contrast to the Cango Caves you must visit along this road. ''The Bloukrans Pass, home to the highest commercial bungee jump in the world, is perfect for adrenaline-junkies but the route also offers picturesque beaches and wonderful whale-watching spots.

6. 7. The Garden Route, South Africa

Linking the Western and Eastern Capes, George is seen as the Gateway to the Garden Route. Situated at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains the lush green city is a stark contrast to the Cango Caves you must visit along this road. ''The Bloukrans Pass, home to the highest commercial bungee jump in the world, is perfect for adrenaline-junkies but the route also offers picturesque beaches and wonderful whale-watching spots.
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If you prefer stay-cations, the route Jeremy Clarkson described as Englands only truly spectacular road can be found in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.''The five-and-a-half-mile long route allows you to test your driving to the max, featuring steep climbs, fast descents and plenty of tight corners. ''Although only a short journey, the neighbouring villages and characteristic thin Yorkshire roads mean your driving experience doesnt finish once you reach the cheese-making village of Hawes.

7. 8. Buttertubs Pass, Great Britain

If you prefer stay-cations, the route Jeremy Clarkson described as Englands only truly spectacular road can be found in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.''The five-and-a-half-mile long route allows you to test your driving to the max, featuring steep climbs, fast descents and plenty of tight corners. ''Although only a short journey, the neighbouring villages and characteristic thin Yorkshire roads mean your driving experience doesnt finish once you reach the cheese-making village of Hawes.
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The 828-mile-long ring road circles the whole of the island, allowing you to start and end in the same place, which tends to be the capital Reykjavik. Along the route you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal park and a two-million-year-old river canyon. ''It is recommended to enjoy the trip between May and October to avoid the potentially dangerous roads. If you travel around late September you might even be lucky enough to catch the Northern Lights.

8. 9. The Ring Road, Iceland

The 828-mile-long ring road circles the whole of the island, allowing you to start and end in the same place, which tends to be the capital Reykjavik. Along the route you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal park and a two-million-year-old river canyon. ''It is recommended to enjoy the trip between May and October to avoid the potentially dangerous roads. If you travel around late September you might even be lucky enough to catch the Northern Lights.
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