One good thing that has come out of 2020 is the resurgence of road trips.
To celebrate this renaissance of domestic exploring, U Switch has compiled a photo series showcasing the beautiful scenes from iconic road trip destinations around the world from the bright blue seas in Australia to the giant green hills in Scotland.
Using HEX Picker Software, Colour Thief, the company colour matched the landscape colours of the top-rated road trips to virtually transport you on a road trip around the world.
“Think Dried Tobacco rock formations, Butterscotch sand, Moon Rock mountains and Melon sunsets,” said Florence Codjoe, editor at U Switch.
“So, grab your road trip snacks, fasten your seat belt, turn up the radio and set your sat nav to the USA because first, we’re heading to Route 66.”
Route 66, USA
“Connecting Chicago to Los Angeles across 2,400 miles, Route 66 is infamous across the world for passing through 8 states, treating you to a wealth of American culture along the way,” said Codjoe.
“Skirting the Mojave Desert, you’ll discover Pantone colours of Sepia, Peach Bloom and Chicory Coffee. If you time it right, you’ll even watch the sky turn to Citrus and Spectra Yellow hues.
“Taking approximately 3 weeks for adventurers to complete, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got some extra camera batteries packed.”
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
“Starting and ending in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, the week-long Gobi Desert road trip is filled with sand dunes, mountains, valleys,” Codjoe said.
“Notably famous for being Asia’s largest desert and a hot spot for dinosaur fossils, every inch of the Gobi Desert is like a work of art painted in Moon Rock, Lentil Sprout, Turtle Dove and Travertine.”
South Island Circuit, New Zealand
“Arguably the perfect destination for thrill-seekers, the South Island Circuit in New Zealand is not all about bungee jumps, skydives or the world’s biggest canyon swing. Home to spectacular mountains and volcanos, a road trip around New Zealand’s South Island is set to be a visual treat,” Codjoe said of our potential travel bubble buddy (fingers crossed!)
“Comfortably this road trip can take 2-3 weeks, where you can discover hues of String, Black Beauty and Airy Blue in the mountains, or Cardamom Seed and String lining the winding roads.”
Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
“Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, also known as Salar De Uyuni, is the world’s largest salt flat at roughly 4,000 miles long,” Codjoe said.
“During the dry season, the salty floor cracks and creates a jigsaw with pinches of Blue Quartz, Allure, Hushed Violet and Aleutian.
“Whereas, if you arrive in the rainy season, you’ll be treated to a glass-like lake with near-perfect reflections of each visitor. Be sure to look up too, and be treated to a sky full of Banana Crepe. You’ll need a four-wheel-drive (4WD) for this one, or hop on a local tour.”
Iceland Ring Road, Iceland
“Circling 825 miles of Iceland’s breath-taking country, the ring road explores lava fields, waterfalls, cascading mountains and fjords,” Codjoe continued.
“Cruising under a Peach Beige sky, the Grenoble Green mountains topped with Navy Cosmos and Baritone Blue will leave you in awe.”
Atlantic Road, Norway
“Some sections of the road resemble a roller coaster, with twists and dips over the sometimes-intruding waves,” Codjoe said.
“This five-mile stretch should be taken at a leisurely pace, stopping at designated points to admire the colourful coastline and breathe in the salty air.
“But if that isn’t enough, continue down the road to explore the further seven bridges.”
Great Ocean Road, Australia
“Taking an easy three days to complete, you’ll find this coast drenched in Pagoda Blue, Butterscotch and Mykonos Blue with touches of Lemon Drop when you meet the 12 Apostles,” said Codjoe of our very own road trip gem.
“Make sure you also take a detour in-land, you might spot your first kangaroo bouncing along the Fir Green landscape.”
Badlands National Park, Highway 240, USA
“This short drive is a 39-mile loop, but since it took 75 million years to be what it is today it’s worth taking your time to see all 16 attractions,” Codjoe said.
“Crusted with Ecru, Curry and Dried Tobacco rock formations, this road-trip is one like no other, and is home to North America’s most endangered animals.”
North Coast 500, Scotland
“Between your time spent in whisky distilleries, white water rafting or spotting Puffins you will wind your way through a patchwork blanket of Antique Moss, Courtyard and Molé,” Codjoe said.
“And if you look up, the sky is airbrushed with hues of Spun Sugar and June Bug.”
Transfagarsan Highway, Romania
“The Transfagarasan Highway is 93 miles of spectacular winding roads, which snake through the towering Romanian mountains,” Codjoe said.
“Take a postcard picture during summer to capture Yellow Jasmine, Spindle Tree, Forest Elf and Midnight Navy.”