Are you looking for the best road trips for couples around the world? We’ve got you sorted with these 15 incredible couple road trip ideas to add to your bucket list.
A romantic road trip offers the perfect way for couples to connect while exploring some of the most stunning sights in the world!
There are loads of romantic destinations around the world that don’t involve getting in a car. But a road trip is one of our favourite ways to travel. We’ve done quite a few road trips together in our time, so we thought we’d list some of our favourites here to inspire your own couples road trip!
Whether you’re looking for an adventurous winter route through Iceland, a scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road in Australia, or a romantic road trip through the lavender fields of Provence. You’re sure to find the perfect couples road trip for you and your main squeeze on this list.
Here are 15 of the most Romantic Road trips Around the World
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Couples Road Trips – At A Glance
Here is a quick rundown of the best couples road trips around the world. Read on for more details about each destination:
- Ring Road, Iceland
- Algarve Coast, Portugal
- Miami to Key West, Florida
- Great Ocean Road, Australia
- Amalfi Coast, Italy
- Pacific Coast Highway, California
- Icefields Parkway, Canada
- The Lake District, U.K.
- Romantic Road, Germany
- Road to Hana, Maui
- The Garden Route, South Africa
- The Great Dolomites Road, Italy
- North Coast 500, Scotland
- Gotthard and Oberalp Passes, Switzerland
- The Lavender Route, France
15 Romantic Road Trips for Couples
#1 | Iceland Ring Road
Number one on our list is the Iceland Ring Road! This 828-mile/1332-km route will take you around the entire island and is one of the most popular road trips in the world. You’ll get to see some of the most stunning scenery on the planet, including glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, black sand beaches, hot springs, and cute little puffins (if you’re lucky).
Pick up your rental car from Reykjavik Airport or the city centre and head south towards the town of Vik, and onto Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. You’ll then head northward through the East Fjords, towards Iceland’s most northern city, Akureyri, then finishing up in West Iceland and the Golden Circle, before heading back to Reykjavik.
The best time to drive Iceland’s Ring Road is during the summer months when the weather is mild and the days are long. But a winter road trip can also be a fun and adventurous way to explore this winter wonderland.
This romantic road trip is the perfect way to explore Iceland’s unique landscapes and spend some quality time with your partner.
Distance: 1332 km | 828 miles
Recommended Time: At least 5 days, but ideally 7 days to drive the entire circuit.
Car: Start in Reykjavik. Book your car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com.
#2 | Algarve Coast Portugal
One of the most beautiful coastal drives in Europe, the Algarve Coast road trip is a must-do for any couple looking to explore Portugal’s stunning southern coastline.
The route starts near the Spanish border and takes you along the cliffs of Portugal’s south coast. There are plenty of quaint towns to stop along the way for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the incredible views. Follow the windy coastline past the cities of Lagos, Sagres, and Pedralva.
For a longer drive, extend your itinerary along the West coast of Portugal all the way to Lisbon or Porto. This picturesque drive is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed—the perfect combination for a romantic getaway.
Distance: 401 km | 249 miles
Recommended Time: Allow at least 3 days for the Algarve coast route. Extend to 7 to 9 days if you plan to drive all the way to Lisbon or Porto.
Car: Book your car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#3 | Miami to Key West – The Overseas Highway, Florida
This 126-mile/203-km drive from Miami to Key West is one of the most popular road trips in the USA. The Overseas Highway takes you along miles and miles of bridges, between the Keys (islands), and through some of Florida’s most beautiful scenery. You’ll see endless turquoise waters, lush mangroves, palm tree-lined beaches, and quaint little island villages.
Pick up a hire car in Miami and stop off at key points along the way such as Coral Castle, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and Dry Tortugas National Park. Spend the night at one of the Keys, before making the return journey the next day.
This trip can be done in a day or stretched out over a few days, depending on how much time you want to spend relaxing in paradise with your partner. Avoid hurricane season (June to November).
Distance: 203 km | 126 miles
Recommended Time: 1 to 3 days
Car: Start your road trip in Miami. Book car hire through RentalCars.com
#4 | Great Ocean Road, Australia
This picturesque drive along Australia’s southeast coast is one of the most popular road trips in the world and a total Australia bucket list experience. The Great Ocean Road takes you through rainforests, beaches, and cliff-top lookouts, with plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the views.
You and your partner can spend as much time as you want to explore the stunning region. But its distance from Melbourne makes it the ideal weekend trip for couples.
Distance: 243 km | 151 miles
Recommended Time: Allow 2 to 3 days to stop at all the Great Ocean Road attractions.
Car: Start your road trip in Melbourne. Book car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#5 | Amalfi Coast, Italy
Next on our list is one of the most romantic destination on earth – the Amalfi Coast in Italy. This iconic road trip takes you along the stunning coastline of the Sorrentine Peninsula, with stop-offs in charming towns like Positano and Amalfi.
The Amalfi Coast is actually only around 40 km long, but we recommend starting in Salerno and ending in Naples (of Vice Versa), which is 124 km.
There are 13 seaside towns and villages along the Amalfi Coast route, of which Positano is the most popular drawcard for tourists and beachgoers. Ravello, Minori, Cetara, and Praiano are all worth a visit also. You’ll be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views in Europe, as well as a chance to sample some delicious Italian food.
The roads are narrow and winding, so it’s best to take your time and enjoy the journey. There are also some stunning hotels to spend a night (or two) and revel in the romance of this iconic hotspot. This romantic road trip is something you must add to your Italy bucket list.
Distance: 124 km | 77 miles
Recommended Time: At least 2 to 3 days to see all the highlights. Add an extra day if you want to see Capri or Sorrento.
Car: Book your car hire through RentalCars.com
#6 | Pacific Coast Highway, California
The Pacific Coast Highway (also known as California State Route 1) is one of America’s classic road trips, and it’s easy to see why.
This course takes you along California’s stunning coastline, from Monterey to Orange County, and you’ll get to experience some incredible coastal views, wineries, great foodie spots, stunning redwood forests, drive through Big Sur (one of America’s most beautiful places), and countless beach towns along the way.
Some of the must-see stops along this route include the Santa Monica Pier, Hearst Castle, Solvang Danish township, the San Simeon Seal Rookery, and the iconic Bixby Bridge.
If you’re looking for a romantic road trip with your partner that includes wine country and rugged wilderness, this one is perfect for you!
Distance: 945 km | 587 miles
Recommended Time: Allow at least 4-7 days, as there are several great stops to make.
Car: Pick up your rental vehicle in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Book car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#7 | Icefields Parkway, Canada
The Icefield Parkway is a 232 km stretch of road in Alberta, linking Lake Louise and Jasper National Park, and is one of Canada’s most scenic drives. The trip will take you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world, past ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls, rocky mountain peaks, and wildlife galore.
In the summertime, you can stop off at several spots to go hiking or admire stunning viewpoints.
In winter, the area becomes a winter wonderland, offering access from Banff to several amazing ski areas in the Canadian Rockies. While the road is generally open most of the winter, you have to take precautions, check the road conditions, and ensure your car rental is covered for snow and ice.
If you’re looking for an adventurous couples road trip that will leave you speechless, this is it!
Distance: 232 km | 144 miles
Recommended Time: The Icefields Parkway takes around 3 hours to drive, but its best to stretch this out over at least 2 days.
Car: Rent a vehicle from Calgary. Book your car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#8 | The Lake District, UK
The Lake District is a stunning area of the UK that’s perfect for a couples road trip. This region is home to some of the country’s most beautiful lakes and mountains, and there are plenty of walking trails, quaint villages, and country pubs where you can stop off.
The area offers several route options but we recommend the entire Lake District Loop. Start in Ambleside and head north through Glenridding, Kirkstone Pass, Honister Pass, and Buttermere. Turn back south along the Cumbrian coastline for some of the prettiest deserted beaches in the UK, then through Coniston Water and ending up back at Ambleside.
The best place to pick up car hire near the Lake District is Kendel, Lancaster, or Carlisle.
The best time to visit is during the spring or summer when you can enjoy hiking and biking in the great outdoors. With its scenic vistas and abundance of things to do, it’s no wonder this road trip made our list.
Distance: 188 km | 117 miles
Recommended Time: We recommend at least 5 to 7 days.
Car: Collect your vehicle in Kendel, Lancaster, or Carlisle. Book through RentalCars.com
#9 | Romantic Road, Germany
The German Romantic Road is a fairytale route through some of the most beautiful scenery in the provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. The picture-perfect 460 km route takes you through medieval villages, rolling hills, and fairy-tale castles of the Rhine River Valley.
The most popular way to enjoy this road trip is from north to south. Rent a car in Frankfurt, and begin the trip in Wurzburg, ending in the southern town of Füssen – a quaint town at the foothills of the Alps, famous for the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle.
You’ll also get to enjoy some German hospitality along the way – stop for lunch at a charming roadside inn or explore one of the many quaint towns along your route.
Distance: 350 km | 217 miles
Recommended Time: At least 4 to 5 days to drive the entire length.
Car: Start the trip in Frankfurt. Book your car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#10 | Road to Hana, Maui
You’ll get to see some of Maui’s best waterfalls, rainforests, and black-sand beaches. You will also pass-through small towns full of Hawaiian culture and history.
Taking a romantic trip to Maui is a must for all couples, and the Road to Hana is an excellent road trip for couples who want to experience a beautiful natural setting together.
Distance: 103 km | 64 miles
Recommended Time: Can be done in a day but allow 2 days to explore the stops at a leisurely pace.
Car: Start in Kahului Book your car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#11 | The Garden Route, South Africa
The Garden Route is a 300 km stretch of road along South Africa’s coastline and is one of the country’s most spectacular drives.
This scenic route takes you from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (or vice versa), and gets its name because it passes through the Garden Route National Park. You’ll get to experience some incredible coastal views, drive through forests and mountains, and stop at countless beach towns along the way.
There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, whale watching, and exploring caves, beaches, lush greenery, and jagged peaks.
The best time to embark on this road trip is Summer (November to March) when the weather is warmest and there are plenty of opportunities for swimming. Spring (September to October) also offers fantastic opportunities for whale watching.
This is a great multi-day road trip for couples that includes wildlife watching and adventure activities, all in one!
Distance: 300 km | 186 miles
Recommended Time: Allow 3 to 7 days, depending on how many stops you want to make.
Car: Start and end the trip in Cape Town. Book your car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#12 | The Great Dolomites Road, Italy
If you’re looking for a road trip that’s full of incredible views, then look no further than the Great Dolomites Road in Italy. This route takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Europe, with towering mountains and crystal-clear lakes.
There are several routes to take through the Dolomites, however, we recommend picking up a rental vehicle in Milan or Verona, and making your way north past Lake Garda, towards the town of Bolzano. Over the next few days make your way through Alpe di Siusi, Val Gardena, Cortina d’Ampezzo, then looping north towards Lago di Braies, and back towards Bolzano.
The Dolomites is all about lakes, alpine meadows, and hiking, so be sure to bring your camera. You’ll also find some of Italy’s best food and wine along the way. Trust us, this is one couples road trip that you won’t want to miss!
Distance: 140 km | 86 miles
Recommended Time: 5-7 days to allow plenty of time for hiking and sightseeing.
Car: Collect rental vehicle in Milan. Book your car hire through RentalCars.com
#13 | North Coast 500, Scotland
This road trip has been dubbed “Scotland’s answer to Route 66.” Starting in Inverness, you’ll wind your way along the country’s stunning north coast, taking in some of its most beautiful scenery.
The 500-mile route (hence the name – in fact, it’s actually 516 miles) is a loop road trip through northern Scotland. It takes you through the Cairngorms National Park, past lochs and castles, and ultimately ends at John o’ Groats.
On this road trip you’ll experience some of the most stunning scenery in the world – from rugged mountain peaks to beautiful sandy beaches, remote fishing villages, and try some traditional local food. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to stop for hikes, picnics, and even whisky tastings.
Distance: 830 km | 516 miles
Recommended Time: Allow at least 5-7 days to explore this beautiful part of the world.
Car: Book your car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#14 | Gotthard and Oberalp Passes, Switzerland
If you’re looking for an epic mountain road trip, look no further than the Gotthard and Oberalp Passes in Switzerland.
There are several passes through the Swiss Alps, and this route takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery. Start the trip in Andermatt and end in Disentis. The drive is not for the faint of heart – there are many hairpin turns and steep grades – but it’s definitely worth it!
The high alpine road that crosses the passes is closed in winter (October to December) depending on snowfall. The best time to go is during the summer months when all the roads are open.
Distance: 330 km | 205 miles
Recommended Time: The road takes about 5 hours to drive but we recommend allowing up to 3 days.
Car: Book your car hire or campervan through RentalCars.com
#15 | The Lavender Route, France
The beautiful Provence region of France is home to some of the world’s most stunning lavender fields and offers a great opportunity for a romantic road trip through the beautiful French countryside, stopping at quaint villages and charming towns along the way.
Start your trip exploring Avignon, one of the most beautiful cities in France. Then head for the countryside. There are several routes to take through Provence, but we recommend setting a course from Avignon through Coustellet, Gordes, to Sault and returning via Roussillon.
You’ll get to explore medieval castles, Roman ruins, and experience the incredible fragrance of lavender in full bloom. This is an ideal road trip for couples who love nature and want to relax in one of Europe’s most idyllic settings.
Distance: 183 km | 114 miles
Recommended Time: At least 3-4 days minimum, but ideally 7 days to explore the region. It’s possible to do this trip on a weekend from Paris.
Looking for More Couples Road Trip Ideas?
There are tons of amazing road trips around the world, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. We just happen to think these are the best road trip for couples! However, if you’re looking for more inspiration then check out our Ultimate Road Trip Bucket List, featuring 30 epic road trips around the world!
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Have we missed a spot? Can you recommend any other couples road trips around the world for other readers to check out? Let us know in the comments below!
Need a Rental Car for your Trip?
We absolutely love a good road trip. The freedom and flexibility of having your own car and being able to stop where and when you like is the best part of a holiday. We’ve rented cars for road trips in over 15 countries, including Italy, Iceland, California, France, Australia, and many more.
We recommend using RentalCars.com to reserve your rental vehicle. They list many different types of vehicles from the biggest brands in over 60,000 locations around the world and offer free cancellation on most bookings if things don’t go to plan. Plus, they also have a Price Match Guarantee!
Road Trip Essentials for Couples
- Portable Charger – To charge all your devices on the go be sure to pack a portable charger with plenty of juice! This one from Anker will charge your phone up to 6x or even your laptop. I store it, plus all my cords and tech in this Thule PowerShuttle.
- Reusable Water Bottle – because you don’t want to litter the beautiful destination you’re visiting with plastic. We use the Hydroflask brand.
- Eye Mask – I can’t stand hotel or campervan blinds that let in a tiny little bit of light… especially when I’m jetlagged. You can’t go past the Slip Eyemask for ultra-comfort.
- Travel Cup – Do you love a morning coffee or tea? Me too. I use this reusable travel mug all the time.
- Packing Cubes – when you’re living out of a vehicle, its essential to have an organized bag so you can find things quickly. Also, if I’m staying in a hotel for just one night, I will leave my bag in the car and take a packing cube filled with everything I need into the hotel. These packing cubes from Eagle Creek are great.
- Travel Towel – Many of the road trips I this guide include stops at beaches, waterfalls, hot springs, or natural swimming holes. This Sea to Summit Travel Towel packs up small and dries super quick.
- Portable Speakers – great for when you have a picnic, or when cooking dinner if you plan on renting a camper. I like this Bose speaker because its wireless and takes up very little space in your bag.
- Sunscreen – Make sure it’s at least 50+ and organic. I use this one from Supergoop.
- Travel Medication – I always travel with Travelan and Imodium. If you get an upset tummy on the road (or on a plane), it pays to be prepared!
- Travel Insurance – I never go anywhere without Travel Insurance! It really helped when I had to change our travel plans due to a volcano eruption in Bali, or the time that my husband cut his hand on a rusty piece of metal on a road trip around Iceland. For the most comprehensive worldwide coverage, I use and recommend World Nomads.
Ready to Book Your Romantic Road Trip?
We hope this guide to the best couple road trips around the world has helped to inspire you to plan an epic once-in-a-lifetime journey with your significant other.
If you’re looking for detailed road trip itineraries and destination guides, be sure to check out our dedicated road trip page.
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