Many travelers have many times dreamt about getting in the car and setting off along Route 66 or another epic road trip.
But what do some of the roads less traveled have to offer?
It would always be difficult for the famous Route 66 to fully live up to the hype, but there is so much more.
While there are thousands of great road trips that people aren’t aware of, this is purely a look at some of the most popular ones.
Top 10 Most Underrated Road Trips
|Rank||Road Trip||Country||% of ‘Good’ Reviews||Annual Search Volume||Overall Score /10|
|1||Causeway Coastal Route||United Kingdom||98.1%||23,700||9.19|
|2||Route des Crêtes||France||98.5%||131,200||8.27|
|3||Foothills Parkway||United States||97.5%||68,700||8.17|
|3||Lamar Valley||United States||97.4%||68,000||8.17|
|5||Trail Ridge Road||United States||98.6%||156,400||7.86|
|6||Beartooth Highway||United States||98.2%||142,300||7.66|
|7||San Juan Skyway||United States||95.7%||24,780||7.45|
|7||Needles Highway||United States||97.9%||140,500||7.45|
|10||Great St Bernard Pass||Italy||96.4%||82,800||7.25|
1. Causeway Coastal Route, United Kingdom
% of ‘good’ reviews: 98.1%
Annual search volume: 23,700
Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast is one of the UK’s most rugged and raw beauty spots. One of the best ways to experience the coast is on this scenic drive from Belfast to Derry. Despite 98.1% of the journey’s Tripadvisor reviews being positive, the road trip had just 23,700 searches in the last 12 months.
To put that into perspective, the famous Route 66 trip had over 6.5 million searches in the same period. This is surprising considering the Causeway Coastal Route’s fame. The trip takes in many popular sites such as the Glens of Antrim, as well as padding well-known filming locations from Game of Thrones.
2. Route des Crêtes, France
% of ‘good’ reviews: 98.5%
Annual search volume: 131,200
Another lesser-known route is the Route des Crêtes in eastern France’s Vosges Mountains. The route runs from Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines to Cernay, through the Parc Naturel Régional des Ballons des Vosges, reaching an elevation of over 950m. Despite the stunning views and great reviews from those who’ve driven it, this trip was searched just 131,200 times in the last year.
3. Foothills Parkway, United States
% of ‘good’ reviews: 97.5%
Annual search volume: 68,700
There are 2 road trips that are tied in third place, both in the USA. The first is the Foothills Parkway in Tennessee. As the name suggests, the road stretches from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and runs to the Tennessee Valley. The route provides spectacular views of both, and it is actually still under construction, with new stretches constantly being added.
3. Lamar Valley, United States
% of ‘good’ reviews: 97.4%
Annual search volume: 68,000
Located in the northeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park, the Lamar Valley offers some of the most impressive scenery in the country. Despite this, the route saw only 68,000 people searching for it in the last year.
The area is often referred to as ‘America’s Serengeti’, with lots of wildlife species to spot such as wolves, bison, pronghorn, badgers, bears, and more.
World’s Most Underrated Road Trips
1. Nandi Hills, India
% of ‘good’ reviews: 81.7%
Annual search volume: 1.96 million