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Thursday, 07 June 2012

Driving holidays

Driving holidays give you the freedom to tailor your route and escape congested highways and crowded destinations. Here at over 50s insurance specialist RIAS, we’ve been looking at some of the more unusual holiday routes, both close to home and abroad.Couple in convertible

Here are a few of our suggestions for the perfect driving holiday getaway:

Close to home

If you want to avoid airports why not set off to explore some of the UK’s most beautiful regions. A trip through the peak district is a great place to start - with guaranteed beautiful scenery. There are wonderful walks if you’re feeling energetic and you can take in Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall along the way.

If you prefer the coast, there’s the scenic route from Plymouth to Penzance on the southernmost tip of Cornwall. Allow plenty of time for lingering in pretty villages like Looe and Polperro before indulging in a classic Cornish cream tea. Don’t miss Falmouth with its arty seaside vibe, sandy beaches, semi-tropical gardens and lots of galleries.

Often underestimated, north Wales has a surprisingly varied landscape ranging from sandy northern beaches to the stunning National Park at Snowdonia. There are plenty of historic castles and dramatic views.

Going European

The coastal route from Marseille in the south of France along to the upper edge of Italy is an exciting drive, with plenty to explore if you want to go inland.

Belgium is often overlooked on tourist schedules, which is surprising because it’s easier to reach than southern France and has just as much to offer in the way of beautiful scenery, historical sights and delicious food. Plan a route to take in the Dutch north west and the French south east.

The ultimate drive – USA superhighways

Glamorous and legendary, San Francisco to Los Angeles is the classic American route, along the Pacific Coastal Highway, otherwise known as Highway One. There is much debate about where the Pacific Coastal Highway actually starts. Officially it is less than 130 miles long and runs from Dana Point to Oxnard in southern California, but there is huge potential to extend your route beyond these limits, taking in astounding coastlines and beautiful beaches on the way. One suggestion is to take the route in reverse, starting in LA and heading north to San Francisco and then on beyond the main tourist trail to lesser-known Eureka with its Victorian architecture and redwood forest borders.

Remember to check your motor insurance policy before you set off.

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