Most Romantic Drive Routes

There is something very alluring about a road trip. Perhaps it’s the feeling of liberation, freedom and anticipation – and it’s one of the very first things you want to get out there and do after learning to drive. It’s also the chance to spend some quality, uninterrupted time with a loved one – whereas normally you are dealing with the stresses, strains and demands of everyday life. If you are thinking about taking your beloved on a romantic road trip, here’s a handful of the very best, courtesy of PassSmart. 
Amalfi Coast – Italy
Between the mountains and the deep blue sea is the breathtaking coastline peering over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea on the Italian Riviera. The Amalfi Coast is a curvy little stretch, some 35 miles long between Salerno and Sorrento. Terraced gardens, glorious scenery, an abundance of fragrant lemon trees, and regal architecture make this the perfect romantic backdrop for a road trip. Stop off at jet -set favourite Positano, and take a swim in the bluest ocean at Ravello.
Shipka Pass – Bulgaria
Starting in Veliko Tamovo, a beautiful medieval hamlet in Bulgaria, the route winds through the Balkan Mountain range, via Gavrovo and Kazanlak. The route is just over 8 miles long, dips through the Valley of the Roses, and is crossed by a railroad on its way to Stara Zagora. Part of the Bulgarka Nature Park, there’s a place to stop and see the Shipka Memorial – a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Russian-Turkish War in the late 1800s. The views will take your breath away, and the charming small medieval towns just ooze with love and romance.
Brandywine Valley – Pennsylvania and Delaware
This road trip will transport you right back to a time of undeniable romance, and pure 20th century colonial opulence. This scenic 12 mile stretch overlooking the Brandywine River winds along through wealthy estates and manicured gardens of the stupendously wealthy aristocrats of the 1800s. Rows of gorgeous flowers, oaks and tulip trees line the narrow roads that chase the river gushing below, making you feel as if you have stepped right into the French countryside.
The Borderlands of Texas
Exotic, mysterious, romantic and completely untouched, this area of Texas is one of the most incredible in the world. Attracting the likes of Hollywood film-makers for its unusual allure, the charisma and intoxicating appeal is what makes this one of the most dramatically romantic places for that once in a life time road trip. Surrounded by rugged mountains, wispy grasslands, arid terrain, and the biggest sky you have ever seen – the 127 mile route passes through ghost towns after starting in the historic oil town of Fort Stockton, and ends in the star of the Texan show – The Big Bend National Park.
Ghost Towns of Colorado
225 miles of pure history, towering snow-capped mountain ranges, sheer red cliffs and gorges, lush forests teeming with black bears, eagles and mountain lions, beds of fossils and desolate ghost towns are like scenes out of an old western movie; all that is missing is a wispy tumbleweed rolling around in the dust. One of the most romantic road trips to take, the scenery is absolutely beautiful and there is something magical about a deserted 19th century gold mining town.
New Zealand’s North Island
It is no secret that New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places on the planet: Ethereal and charismatic with an irresistible magnetism, the North Island is one of those sensational places that will take your breath away. A road trip here is a truly special one that will take you a few days to travel its 460 mile route. Welcome to Lord of the Rings country: See the rugged volcanic fields, sprawling tropical rain forests, sweeping vineyards and patchwork farmlands, while stopping along the way at Mordor and Hobbiton.
Hire a convertible, put the top down, turn on the radio for some love songs, and head out on some of best romantic road trips for memories that will last a lifetime.
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  1. Nothing like an overlooking view of the city or the ocean or the skyline can bring romance in the air.

  2. wow ghost towns at colorado? ive searched for some on the list and all views are beautiful!

  3. Italy, as a country, is a romantic destination already. So heading to Amalfi Coast is just pure bliss. :) I better make sure someone will drive me (or with the boyfriend then) when I get the chance to visit :)

  4. I wish I can visit these places and see for myself the enchanting wonders they may bring for a romantic escapade. Maybe in Amalfi Coast in Italy where we c just gaze upon the amazing deep blue sea. This will definitely an unforgettable experience for me and my husband.

  5. in southern california, it is Pacific Coast Highway, a nice drive along the coast, from orange county beaches to los angeles beaches. you can also take pch north and it takes you all the way to san francisco. pch south takes you all the way to san diego. fresh coastal air, beautiful view, and a relaxing drive can be the perfect summer vacation trip by camper or trailer.

  6. I would love to visit Italy of course, though the Brandwine Valley intrigues me as a place taken out directly from a romantic book. :)

  7. nothing here in our country? haha

  8. Driving around was one of our favorite pastimes back when the husband and I were still dating. :)

  9. Robby and I haven’t done road trips with his motorcycle recently.
    Ghost towns of Colorado are interesting places to explore. :)

  10. These are lovely sites. I would to go here with my hubby. :)

  11. Hooray, if I only have enough money to spend in travelling then your list will be number one in my itinerary.

  12. Nice.. since I’m already here in the US, I might as well visit the Ghost Towns of Colorado and Texas!! Thanks for the tip!:)

  13. Mich of Mich Eats and Shops says

    I wish I can go to all those places mentioned above and do those romantic drives! That would be sooo fantastic :)

  14. journey of a dreamer says

    i always dream to go to Italy, it’s a very romantic place for me.

  15. id like that! super fun to just drive and stop somewhere with your loved one :)

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  16. Adeline Yuboco says

    Great list, although I’m not pretty sure about the one in Colorado. Somehow, the words “ghosts” and “romance” don’t really seem to go together for me.

  17. i wish you can do local romantic drive routes too. might need it someday when i find my ms right.

  18. Hi friends
    The road to Hana” if that matters… but I agree, how is 1 all up and Washington not on here- from Mendocino down through San Francisco is gorgeous (albeit twisty) and then from Pacifica through HMB and then through Santa Cruz and Monterey and Big Sur and all the way down to the mission trails.

  19. mitchryan23 says

    very good lists you have there. I might as well do a similar post but with a different theme here in Thailand since we love to drive around. I hope you don’t mine.

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