The Badlands Loop
Covered Bridge Tour, USA
Jebel Jais Mountain Road, United Arab Emirates
The area is also close to one of the most beautiful and often overlooked natural parks. Turkey Run State Park is known for its many streams that also become silent and frozen during the winter. It just adds to the experience of being alone with nature and all its wonders.
Taipei to Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Highway 240 is also known as the Badlands loop due to its shape and its one of the most well-known routes in South Dakota and the US as a whole. It’s especially well known for its rock spires that make for a great scene in a photo. This is even more true during winter.
The Golden Cycle, Iceland
Taiwan is too often overlooked as a destination for a road trip and it’s a mistake not to visit it. The road from Taipei to Kaohsiung pretty much covers the whole island and the trip can take anywhere from one to two weeks if you want to make all the stops.
The area is also known for its wildlife and if it’s one of the reasons you’re visiting make sure to have your camera ready since you’ll get something to shoot around every corner. Don’t spend the whole time in your car, however – try to integrate at least a few hikes into your itinerary.
Lake District, UK
Iceland is known for its traditional and austere beauty, which especially comes across during the winter months. The best way to witness it is to take the Golden Cycle route just 25 miles east of the capital Reykjavik. There are also many waterfalls along the route and some of them remain running during the winter as well.
As you go around England’s biggest lake you’ll find snow-covered moors and hills that will make you feel as if you’re visiting a Nordic country. The trip can also be centered around hiking even during the winter or around one of its historic tours.
The whole route is about 5000 km long and the trip can take anywhere from ten days to a couple of months depending on how many stops you plan to make. It’s also less expensive during the winter so factor that into your plans.
It’s one of the shortest trips on our list – it doesn’t take more than 2 hours so make sure to plan some other activities around the trip if you want to spread your stay a bit more and make it into a fun weekend, as most tourists do.
The trip can take anywhere from 10 hours to 3 days depending on your budget and preferences. If you’re planning for a longer trip, you should factor in sleeping under the stars (and under the blanket). Visiting Malaysia during the winter won’t make much of a difference in terms of weather, but it is quite different in terms of crowds and cost since winter isn’t the busy season. The roads are well paved and maintained and an average trip is about 400 km long between the stops.
Parke County in the US is known as the covered bridge capital of the world. It includes as many as 31 covered bridges that stretch for over 50 miles combined. The area is most beautiful and scenic when it’s covered in snow and when the beautiful crimson bridges go over frozen rivers.
Winter is often the best time to take a road trip. It’s somewhat different than taking the same trip in different weather conditions. Nature itself provides the scenery for the trip and the road is usually the most interesting portion of your travels.
Argentina is one of the most diverse countries in the world when it comes to its nature and the landscape it has to offer. Each of these areas has a separate life of its own during the winter, which is why that’s the best time to hit Route 40.
This makes for a great backdrop but the trip is still perfectly safe and the roads are in perfect condition. However, keep in mind that there will be a lot of sharp turns along the way and that the temperatures can get surprisingly low for this part of the world. It’s mostly a trip for experienced drivers.
Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Malaysia
Icefields Parkway is a double-lane highway across the mountains that spans about 230 miles. It covers valleys, mountain peaks, and ice fields meaning that it’s most beautiful when it’s frozen and covered with snow.
One of the best things about visiting the Lake District in the winter is that you get to avoid the rush during the busy season. It’s also a completely different environment that the one that you would otherwise find in the area.
Route 40, Argentina
Icefields Parkway, Canada
It’s best to start from Taipei and go down south until you reach the full circle in your travels. This will include the stop at Taroko Gorge, Sun Moon Lake, and Kenting National Park. All of these destinations are especially beautiful during the winter when they have a calm and otherworldly aura around them.
Winter road trips are also calmer and warmer and therefore a great vacation for a romantic couple or a cozy family getaway. The trips on our list sometimes take you over international borders and therefore you’ll need to prepare an international driving permit and a passport in order to enjoy them without worrying about traffic laws.
Make sure to make a stop at local villages and not just the resorts that are tailor-made for tourists. Try the local seafood-based cuisine since it’s one of the best in the world and it’s so rarely seen in the west.
The United Arab Emirates is another location on our list that’s not always associated with winter, but it deserves to be seen during the season as well. The road trip includes some of the largest hilltops in the country including the highest peak.
9 Great Winter Road Trips
The Badlands Loop