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An insider's guide to driving in Italy

So you're ready to go. You've booked your flight, arranged your accommodation and organised a hire car. Awaiting is a week of motoring through Italy's magical countryside. But what's it really like to drive in Italy? Is it as nerve-wracking as it's made out to be? Do you need the skills of a …

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Driving Burgundy's Route des Grands Crus

Monks began making wine in Burgundy way back in the days of Charlemagne, so the locals have had a long time to perfect the art.<p>Add the plethora of world-class wineries to some of France’s most gorgeous countryside and you have the recipe for a perfect road trip (providing, that is, you stay under …

Wine

Australia's wildest road trip

Stretching across Australia’s northwest corner, the road from Darwin to Broome runs through one of the world’s last great wildernesses. This is a land where there are areas larger than Ireland without a single town, where farmers lose dozens of cattle a year to crocodiles, and whole communities are …

Australia

On the trail of Mexico's best-kept secrets

Forget the seaside margaritas and hire yourself a set of wheels to explore this huge, varied but eminently driveable country, and discover some of its best-kept secrets.<p>1. Copper Canyon<p>Formed by the confluence of six rivers, Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) is so vast it could swallow the Grand …

Mexico

Exploring Scotland by road

Scotland offers a heady mix of rugged scenic beauty and historical delights. Whether you're up for urbane city pastimes, outdoor activities or sampling the fresh local food and drink, two weeks is ample time to hit the highlights - depending on your mode of transport. There are good bus and train …

Scotland

Advanced tips for US road trips

As I've candidly admitted in the past, my enthusiasm for road trips is dismal. I'd rather go to a cat fashion show hosted by golf commentators than sit in a car for more than 45 minutes. However, being an avid traveller and professional travel writer means that I have little choice but to submit to …

Road Trips

California road trips

California is the third-largest state in the USA, and you could easily spend weeks navigating its blue highways and rural byways, safely distant from the nerve-jangling, always-jammed interstate system. These classic road-tripping routes are soaked in enough epic scenery to make each deliciously …

Hiking

Lonely Planet's top 10 USA fall trips

Roadtripping in Autumn can be an especially photogenic time, and the US affords some lush landscape to motor through. Here are 10 trips for fall across the USA from Lonely Planet's <i>USA's Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America</i>:<p><b>1. Weird Vermont</b><p>If the Department of Tourism has convinced you …

Hiking

Three leaders, one road trip: presidential places in Illinois

One of the best ways to brush up on US presidential history is with a leisurely Illinois road trip. Why Illinois? For American history buffs, the state offers insights into some of the country’s past and present leaders. Stop in the Obamas’ neighborhood from before their D.C. days and check out …

University of Chicago

Top 5 day trips from Miami

Just a short hop away from Miami are some of Florida's most alluring, charismatic and well-known attractions. So, if you're tired of clubbing and celebrity-watching, take a break and head for the some of the most exciting sights that lie around the city.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Everglades National Park</b><p>An easy day trip …

National Parks

Side trips from the Taj Mahal

What? You mean there's other stuff to do in Agra apart from seeing the Taj Mahal? You bet there is.<p>Agra's history is long and rich. It was the centre of India's great Mughal Empire for 130 years and it's been left with a whole bunch of fascinating things to see. The Taj is unquestionably the star …

Asia Travel

How to survive a boring road trip

'Are we there yet?'<p>'But I wanna be there NOWWWWW!'<p>'I’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mboredI’mbored...'<p>The above might sound like a small child’s back seat complaints, but it’s actually a sampling of my running commentary from the first 20 minutes of a recent, epic 4.5 hour road …

Travel

Beyond the city – unmissable trips out of town

In the rush to see the great sights of Europe’s big cities we can sometimes forget the delights of the hinterland. Often, all it takes is a short bus or train ride to reach lesser-known gems that you may have all to yourself. Here are six to get you started. Feel free to add your own …

European Travel

Day trips from Havana

Beguiling and enigmatic in no small measure, Havana ignites the collective imagination. Clearly a dose of magic is at work here: how else could Cubans keep those pre-1960 jalopies on the road, fight global isolation for more than half a century and continue dancing and laughing in spite of it all? …

Cuba

Easy riding: exploring the USA by motorcycle

Maybe the best decision I’ve ever made in my life was to go along with a bunch of friends on a two-week, 3000-mile motorcycle trip from Portland, Oregon, to Knoxville, Tennessee, on tiny vintage bikes and shoestring budgets. We took the smallest roads through the smallest towns, camping most of the …

National Parks

Wine tasting trips in Canada

While many visitors to Canada – especially those who think Canadians live under a permanent blanket of snow – are surprised to learn that wine is produced in Canada, their suspicion is always tempered after a drink or two. Canada’s wines have gained ever-greater kudos in recent years and while …

Wine

Five ways to eat well (and cheap) on the road

The cry of 'Are we there yet?' often really means 'When can we eat?' There's something about the joys of a road trip – hopping in and out of the car for new experiences, witnessing amazing scenery, and, yes, getting a chance to try lots of new foods – that fuels hunger. But all too often you can be …

RVs

Bike-friendly LA

Los Angeles is a magical place, known for celebrity sightings, beaches and sunshine. But it is also known for traffic, smog and gridlock - and first-time visitors often comment that the town seems to have been built as much for the convenience of automobiles as for people. 'Bicycle friendly' falls …

Los Angeles

California cheese trips

Praise cheeses, California knows the whey.<p>After our recent article Cheese travel: tips from a cheesemonger made everyone at Lonely Planet hungry, we asked guidebook author and California cheese fanatic John Vlahides to share his tips and put together four special trips for cheese lovers visiting …

San Mateo County

Top 10 scenic drives

They don't call it America the Beautiful for nothing. Roll down that car window and feast your eyes.<p>A road trip is nothing without roads. Here are some doozies, although any mere Top 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best. See the Itineraries chapter in our new <i>USA</i> guide for more, and …

Hiking

Staying connected on the road: your tips

Travel is all about the thrill of the open road, endless possibilities, and leaving behind the day-to-day… but is that a trilling mobile phone we hear? Are you checking in on Facebook before you’ve even checked in at the hotel?<p>Ok, we admit it: one of the many joys of travel is sharing your …

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America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

Hiking

Bike touring Scotland, on road and off

Ask most seasoned cyclists for the attributes of ideal touring country and they will probably tell you quiet roads, plenty of places to camp, spectacular natural scenery and – if your legs are up to it -- a few challenging hills. Add whisky distilleries, the odd ancient castle and some of the …

Scotland