Taking the family around on a long trip can sometimes be a painful and annoying thing to do. If, for example, you have young children, they may get bored and restless after the first 20 miles or so. Some teenagers can be the same when sat in the back, left with little to do but stare longingly out the window until they get from A to B.
Fortunately, it’s perfectly possible to stave off boredom, as long as you choose the right route for a road trip. At their best, road trips can be a fun way to take in amazing sights, landmarks and scenery in the space of just a few hours or days. Taking in different countries en route is also fun, making it far more interesting than a holiday where you just stay in one part of the same country.
More than a whistle-stop tour
Mainland Europe is an ideal place to start for a family road trip. From the mountainous terrain of Switzerland and Austria and the great plains of France to the coastal autovias of Spain and Portugal, there are plenty of great routes which you could plan that will help keep passengers young and old entertained throughout.
One route to start with is a trip from the French Riviera to the Italian Alps. The Riviera, which includes cities such as Nice, Saint-Tropez and Toulon, offers wonderful views of the Mediterranean and has plenty of points to stop off and pay a trip to the beach. From the Riviera on the M6202, you head towards the town of Embrun, taking in the Mercantour National Park.
“The AutoRoute, the French equivalent of a motorway or freeway, is mainly linked by a toll road. You will be provided with an entrance ticket, which, if you lose, you will be charged for by the distance you have travelled between tolls along with an additional fee”.
“Coins and credit cards can be used to pay the toll fees, though only credit cards with the correct transponders may be used (these can be purchases from Sanef in the UK)”.
“Unless the road is marked otherwise, drivers give way to any vehicle coming from the right. This differs from the roundabout rules; drivers on the outside of the roundabout must yield to those on the inside”.
From sand to ski
After passing through the park, the next phase of the trip sees you head north towards the border with Switzerland. By now, you’re in the Alps, close to the city of Geneva where you can grab a bite to eat. From Geneva, you should either go to Interlaken, a skiing mecca, or Lucerne, a quaint city. Sights in both cities are amazing, while in Interlaken, you can explore the area by air!
From that point onwards, head south towards the border with Italy. Then, you’ll be able to see the Italian Alps and Lake Como, taking on the Stelvio Pass, one of the most beautiful roads on the continent. Driving downwards, you’ll reach Lake Como where you’re treated to views of lakeside villas and small towns brimming with classy yet cheap eateries.
After visiting the Lake Como area, your next stop should be the city of Turin. Here, you can see the Shroud of Turin as well as, between August and May, watch Juventus, Italy’s best football club. From Turin, you can head back to the French Riviera via the Col de Tende, a route famous for being used during the Tour de France.