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Couple breaks world record for longest road trip in single country

THIS couple drove 47,500km in 103 days through some of the world’s most incredible scenery. Could you and your partner survive?

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ALL IT took was 47,500km, 103 days and 39 states.

American couple Greg Cayea and Heather Thompson have broken the world record for the longest road trip in one country, reports Travel + Leisure. They easily surpassed the previous record of 36,058km set in India in April. Cayea and Thompson started their trip in Arizona on September 20 and have since travelled to 22 national parks, stopping in some of their favourites including Yellowstone, Zion National Park and Crater Lake National Park. They’ve also found unexpected tourist attractions, ranging from outdoor animal safaris in South Dakota to a ghost town in Idaho. To achieve their goal of driving through the 48 contiguous states (that’s every American state except Hawaii and Alaska), the duo set a series of rules: no round-trips and no backtracking more than 10 per cent of the total mileage. They also promised to record every stop, keep a log book along the trip, record at least 10 minutes of video footage of the trip each day and not cross any country borders. They also permitted themselves to take two weeks of resting time. In total, they’ve spent around 35 days of their trip so far on stops. But where do the sleep? The majority of the journey, the couple sleeps in their 2008 Subaru Outback. They told Travel + Leisure that each night they prepare their mattress and catch up on their favourite Netflix shows before retiring. Next up, Cayea and Thompson will head to New York’s Hudson Valley. They expect to keep travelling until mid-November. This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission.

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Grab a paper and a pen, I want to try something. Think about some things that have been on your mind for a bit. Goals or dreams that have been tucked in the farthest reaches of your brain. I’m talking about the things that, for one reason or another, you’ve never actually acted on. Once you scribble down ten or so, sit back and admire. You just took one step closer to accomplishing those long-dormant fantasies.

That’s the same first step that author and famed drifter Greg Cayea took before deciding that he and his girlfriend Heather Thompson needed to break a world record. Specifically, the world record for the longest domestic road trip . The two have been driving, almost non-stop across the U.S. for over 100 days now and have covered close to 25,000 miles.

On the tail-end of their marathon, world-record shattering, road trip the couple were kind enough to hop on the phone with us about their daily rituals, the lessons learned by living within arm’s reach of your partner for 100 days, and how the hell they’re bankrolling this whole endeavor.

How have you guys been?

We’re good, man. We’re taking a little breather. It’s been about 100 days. There’s all these rules that we have to follow, and one of them says that we’re allowed to stop in any one location for 13 days. We were passing by New York, and that’s where my parents live, so we’re basically restocking on food and coffee and all that shit.

We got to be out of here by … Friday, I think, will make our 13th day? Then we’re going down to finish up the trip.

Where’s the finish line?

We don’t know. The Today Show contacted me to see if we could maybe make them the ending point on the actual show.

Yeah, but it’s kind of a catch 22, because they need confirmation from Guinness that we will have the record. It’s a complex process. They want to make sure that we’re verified. I don’t know where the endpoint is, is the answer.

Did you ever play with the idea of going to Florida?

Yes. We’re going to Florida, actually. That’s our next stop. We’re heading down there. When I filled in the application [ for the record ]… There’s a two-step process. First you have to apply to break the record, and if you get accepted, then you have to basically submit your blueprint for how you intend to do it. If you get accepted for that, then they give you the green light and they send you the guidelines that you have to follow. During that process, they ask a start and an end location, because you’re not allowed to do a round trip. It had to be different locations. Why no round trip?

In order — I don’t really know. I guess because in other countries … We’ve got a big country here. We think about it, and we’re like, “Why do they even consider that?” I guess it’s if you’re living in a smaller country like, I don’t know, wherever, Denmark, they don’t want you to be able to just keep going back and forth.

Oh just doing loops.

You’re also not allowed to backtrack for that reason as well. I don’t quite know the exact reason, but I think that that’s probably it.

For the endpoint, they did ask that, so I arbitrarily put in Paughkeepsie because it’s in the Hampton Valley. I love the Hudson Valley. It’s one of my favorite places. Right now that’s our endpoint, but I just hit them up. I said, “Can we change our endpoint?, and they said, “Yeah.” I’m just waiting to hear back from The Today Show to see if they’re going to allow us to do that or what.

And you can’t go into Canada or Mexico, right?

No, we can’t. A friend of a friend recently drove from… I think New York to Buenos Aires. We’re not allowed to do anything like that. We have to stay in the country. There’s been a couple times where we ended up on the border of Canada. We’re almost about to take a ferry [but,] if you cross the border, you’re automatically eliminated.

Yeah. The only thing they look at is the tracking footage on our GPS. If we were to even come anywhere close to the line … I really don’t know how it goes. There was one point when we were on the border of Mexico where my phone alerted me. It said, “Welcome to Mexico”, and I was like, “Fuck, no. I hope we’re not too close. I hope the highway didn’t dip into Mexico or some shit.” No, it didn’t.

Damn, that’s nerve-wracking. What started the idea? What sparked the need to go on the longest road trip?

Heather and I were living LA and we decided to move. I really wanted to do something interesting. I don’t know. She was real pumped up about the road trip, but I had done the New York to LA, east coast to west coast trip. I’ve been doing it since I was 14 years old. I grew up on the road. I was a troublemaker. I was always hitchhiking and all that shit. I had done it so many times.

I was looking at her excitement, and I was jealous. I was like, “Man, I wish I was excited because what? We’re going to drive on I-70 or I-80 or I-10 or whatever. We’re going to go through all the cities I’ve already seen. She’s super pumped and I don’t want to bring her down and not be super pumped.” She had never seen the country, really. Then I listened to a Tony Robbins audiobook, and that pretty much sealed the deal. What book?

It was Awaken Your Giant Within . You do all of these writing exercises and shit, like “Are you living up to your potential?” “I don’t know.” “Well what would that look like? Take five minutes to write down everything that you would every want to accomplish spiritually, in business, financially.” On my list was break a world record. The second part of the exercise is like, “Now go back to that list and circle the top five” That ended up in my top five of the 100 things I wrote down, I didn’t know where to start, so I started Googling travel world records. Then Guinness came up, and I was like, “Oh yeah, Guinness. Guinness World Records . I used to fucking read that book when I was in second grade.” Then I found this record that we could break.

Basically, it’s the longest domestic road trip, but the technical term is longest journey by car in one country. I looked at it. It was 19,400 miles, but that got broke while we were on the road. The new record is now 22,406 miles, but we beat that. I was like, “Man, we could totally fucking redo this. It’s kind of my way way of breaking up with the road, really getting it out of my system and having something to show for it.” Heather and I also didn’t know where we really wanted to live, so we literally have gone through every small town, every big city, everywhere. We’ve seen it all. That’s it. That’s why. It got me pumped, and that’s like a vitamin for me.

It’s funny how people have to keep going harder and harder and harder to get a buzz they used to get biking down their own street.

Yeah. My life tolerance is pretty high, so I had to really pick something big.

I totally hear you. You say you were looking for a home base. Which is funny because I’ve gone on road trips doing the same thing with my girlfriend. No matter what you end it, and you’re like, “Well, now I just want to see more. I can’t find a home base now because there’s so much more out there.” Did you guys feel a bit of that, or do you know the spot?

Probably, man. It’s like that study that they did with … I think it was jam, where they set up 20 different flavors of jam at the supermarket, and then they do another exhibit where they only set up three flavors of jam. They sell way more because there’s less options. You don’t have to make those decisions. It’s the same deal, man. I used to love LA for the weather and the lifestyle. I appreciated New York for the same feel. Now it’s like every place is different, but it’s the same. You know what I mean?

You’re going to have to elaborate on that a little bit. I love the sentiment. But, I want to hear more.

All right. I used to love LA for the weather. Then I left, and I was like, “Oh, it’s cloudy out. That feels nice. Finally. The sun is not beating down on my head.” Then we were in Arizona, and I was like, “Oh, god, it’s so hot.” Then we would go up to Montana, and it would be freezing at night. “Ah, that’s kind of nice.” You sleep a lot better when it’s freezing at night, but it’s also shitty in the morning, whereas LA’s awesome in the morning. The pros and cons become equal in every single city and every single place. I used to think there is more pros than cons in LA and vice versa in other places until I realized just being outside in all of these places constantly that the pros and cons are all equal. They’re just different. No place is better, to me, it’s just a totally different way of living, totally different mindset.

I think I got you. Ultimately, anywhere you decide to settle on, it’s going to become home. With that, by virtue of being home, there’s going to be ups and downs.

Right. For me, it’s like wherever there’s community, that’s where the pro is. They did a study where the number one factor for longevity in life is being around people. It’s like no matter where we are, even in the dumpiest of place, in Creek Springs, Nevada, Elko, or wherever, you meet some people. You have a good time, and you have good memories. You really form the geography in your head. All its attributes are coming from me. They’re not actually coming from the place.

Heather, now that you’re here, I’ll ask you the relationship question. The highs and lows of being together all day, every day for over 100 days now. How does that affect your relationship? How’d you learn to work through it? What was the learning curve?

Heather: It wasn’t really that difficult. Sometimes —

Greg: Surprisingly, it wasn’t that difficult. Some TV networks wanted us to do … They wanted us to do a reality TV show about this thing, and we’re not about that kind of thing.

Heather: It was kind of boring. It’s like, “We’re fine.” Listening to podcasts and …

Greg: That was my biggest question. Before we left, that was my big fear: the relationship, but her fear is food.

Heather: That’s when I get the grumpiest. I’ll start freaking out if we can’t get good food, and half these places like the truck stops and places that we’re at we just have shit food. We’re eating hamburgers and fried stuff. That tests the psyche.

Greg: I’m a road junkie. I really didn’t think the road would be hard. I thought being in the same closed container with anybody would be difficult. I was really scared that it might tarnish the relationship for the sake of a prideful venture, I suppose. We’ve gotten into some fights, but for the most part, I think we pretty quickly realized when the other was grumpy. I’m grumpy at a certain time. She’s grumpy at a certain time. I know what makes her feel better. She knows what makes me feel better.

Heather: A big thing is dropping it. If we get in an argument, we move on real quick. There’s nowhere to go. We can’t go like, “Oh, I’m going out. I’m going to go for a walk.”

You can’t go into the other room.

Heather: There’s no escape.

Greg: We tried that. We were in Yosemite and we got into this argument, and I was like, “I’m going for a walk.” She’s like, “Well, where the fuck you going?” I was thinking to myself, “Where the fuck am I going? We have one car, we’re at Yosemite, there’s no service…” So, I get out of the car. I’m all pissed off. I go to the bench 20 feet away, roll a cigarette, I smoke it, and I was thinking, “Man, it’s hot out here. Maybe I should just go say sorry.” I got done. I came back two minutes later, and I was like, “Yeah, so, I’m sorry.” She’s like, “Yeah, I’m sorry.” That is pretty much it. It’s not avoiding the fights. I think fights are inevitable. It’s part of life. It’s letting it go. The key is stopping it at a commercial, not letting it narrate into a feature-length film.

That makes sense. That’s a really good way to put it.

I’ve come to find that road trips expedite relationship conversations. What else are you going to do but talk to each other? So you end up sorting through a lot of shit over the course of the trip…

Greg: I always tell everybody, “If you’re going travelling with your girl or your guy or whatever in an intensive travel venture like this, if there’s one thing, you’re going to find out you’re either going to stay together for a long, long time, or you’re going to break up immediately.”

Yeah, that will become apparent.

Heather: It’s like a test. You got to make it happen.

How are you guys funding this? I’m sure you get asked that all the time, but where’s the bankroll?

Greg: I was doing marketing and PR for other people as a freelancer. That was my way to travel and all that stuff. I put together a lot of money, and I saved it. I’m not a spender. I like doing PR stunts. I made a decision to stop doing PR and marketing for other people and to do a wild, wild PR stunt for my life, which was this road trip. That’s not necessarily the driving force behind it, but that’s in the back of my head. If it’s not worth writing a story about, I don’t really want to do it.

But, what I ended up doing, we were on the road, and money was diminishing. We swerved over in Lincoln, Nebraska. I have a blog that … It’s pretty well-read, not famous, but it’s okay. I swerved over in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I wrote a book. I published it, and that’s how we’ve been making money from that point on.

Heather: You finished the book.

Greg: Yeah. I had started writing the book awhile ago, and I decided to finish it and publish it and put it out to my blog list and see if it would take off. That’s how we’ve been paying for the rest of our trip since then.

Holy hell. What’s the book?

Greg: It’s called The Drifter Chronicles Volume I: No Direction Home .

I dig it already.

Greg: It’s a good book. You should read it.

You finished the book from the road? Damn, how long was the process of finishing it and getting it published and doing all that?

It was grueling. It was many, many hours. We were in Lincoln, Nebraska for about 10 days. I was writing for about 13 to 15 hours a day, at least. I put it out myself. I taught myself how to do it. It was on InDesign and Photoshop. I do all the illustrations. It’s flooded with cartoons and illustrations. I did the cover. I did it all.

Wow, man. That’s really inspiring.

Yeah. Now you can go and do that same shit.

Yeah. I got to get to Lincoln, Nebraska…

I got the spot for you. I’ll send you the address.

Did you guys get any advice going into the road trip that resonated with you or stuck with you?

Heather: It happened kind of fast.

Greg: It did happen kind of fast. The short answer’s yeah. I got tons of advice.

Heather: People said “you’re crazy,” more than anything.

Greg: Yeah. Every morning … I guess it should be noted I’m sober. I’ve been in recovery for five years now. A lot of that came into play. I have a big outreach group that if I’m ever feeling shitty, I have a group of people that I call. A lot of the advice I got were from people within that circle. The advice I gave to myself was to make sure that I stuck to my regimen I had before I left.

Which is what?

I wake up every morning at about 6am. I do 120 push-ups. I meditate for 15 minutes, and then I ask the universe to take care of me. That’s it. Every single morning, no matter where I am. Truck stop, rest area, national park, service fucking station on the side of the Jersey turnpike. It doesn’t matter. That’s what I do.

That’s incredible. Would you have any advice for someone thinking of doing something? Not trying to break your record, but someone going on a big road trip?

Heather: Plan. We did not do any pre-planning.

Greg: We didn’t?

Heather: No, we had two weeks, and then we took off.

Greg: What would we have done differently?

Heather: I don’t know. I guess I would have thought about…

Greg: Heather brought a lot of shit. I told her at the beginning. I was like, “You’re bringing a lot of shit.” I think what I would say is, “Don’t let the hidden gems pass you by, and you don’t need to travel to another city to find something interesting. You just need to open your eyes.” Here’s my advice. “Take a lot of photos. Stop. If you see something interesting, don’t just say, ‘Aw, man. That would have been a great photo.’ Turn around, drive back 5 miles. If you see a lake that you want to jump in, and you already passed it but you can’t stop thinking about it, turn around, go back. In the grand scheme of things–

Heather: Worth it.

Greg: The whole point of a road trip is to create a memory. You don’t know if it’s going to be good or bad, but you know it’ll change your life. You want to remember that life-altering experience that your building. I’m not a photographer. I never will be, but I would assume that 90 percent of photography is actually taking the picture and capturing the moment. I think that most people just drive straight through really interesting stuff. They don’t get off the exit. They don’t drive around the city. They don’t stop off at the exhibits or take a look at the small towns or pee in the middle of the highway when there’s no one on the road, any of that stuff. People are going from point to point. It’s just about being on that line.

Heather: Buy a National Parks Pass.

Greg: Oh, yeah. Buy a National Parks Pass. Buy a National Parks Pass. It’s the best investment you’ll ever have.

They’re what? 50 bucks for unlimited entries to everywhere?

80 bucks, and you not only get national parks, you get any national anything. National forests, national monuments.

Heather: Except Mount Rushmore.

Greg: Yeah, a few are not included, like Mount Rushmore. I think if it were a couple, my main advice would be to shut up and let it go after you get pissed and to make sure that you start every day new. Give the person you’re with a kiss before you go to bed, no matter what’s going on, and always get up and start fresh.

Heather: Yeah, I completely agree.

Heather, if you had to give a couple some advice, what do you think it would be?

Heather: Journaling. That’s something I wish I did more of. Fortunately, I have all these logbooks. People ask us, “What was your favorite place? What happened when you were here?” Sometimes Greg and I get in the car and we can’t even remember where we just were two days ago because we’ve seen so much. Being able to go back and read about how you felt or whatever, I think is important. Yeah, journals.

Greg: I’m going to try to make this into a book before I forget the details so people can learn what we learned and ride the journey with us without having to do it themselves. That’s basically touching on what she said.

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Couple holds Guinness World Record for longest roadtrip ever

Well, technically the Guinness World Record is for the “Longest Driven Journey,” but now we’re getting into semantics.

Put simply, the Schmids may be the most hardcore road trippers on the planet. Here’s their latest Guinness World Record entry:

As of 16 July 2014, the longest driven journey is 692,227 km (430,130 miles) and was achieved by Emil and Liliana Schmid (Switzerland) who travelled across 180 countries in the same Toyota Land Cruiser in a journey that started on 18 October 1984 and is still ongoing.

Of course, since then they’ve logged thousands more miles, so the total is well over 450,000 miles these days.

The couple started back in 1984 when they shipped their Toyota Land Cruiser from Iceland to New York. They spent two years touring North America before heading to South America and then on to Africa, Australia, Asia and back to Europe — and that was all in the first decade of the trip.

Thirty years later, the couple is still racking up the miles.

Their journey started simply enough when Emil convinced Liliana to leave Switzerland and explore the world for what she thought would be a maximum of two years. Clearly, the travel bug took hold of them in full force, and they’ve never looked back.

The Schmid’s “home” for the past three decades has been a 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ 60, outfitted with a 5-pound propane tank, a jerry can for water and a makeshift bed. They also carry a good amount of gear ranging from a table and chairs to a pressure cooker, water purifier and mosquito net.

Of course, they also carry a digital camera and laptop to capture and share their epic journey.

When you’ve been to more than 180 countries, it might be hard to pick some favorites, but Liliana told Trekity some of her favorites from the past 30 years of exploring:

Papua New Guinea: I liked for its different tribes with their unique costumes and paintings, highlighted at the Goroka and Mt. Hagen Shows.

Chile: I appreciate because it offers everything: From desert, glaciers, volcanoes and coastal areas. I loved the solitude and untouched nature – a camper’s paradise.

Oman – where we were just recently – offers deep Arabian tradition, great hospitality, a unique scenery and security. I have no worries at all to camp out in the wild.

But if I would have to choose right now where to spend the rest of my days, it would be Moorea (the sister island of Tahiti) in the South Pacific. Life is peaceful; the sea is azure blue; the scenery outstanding and the women still wear a shiny flower behind their ear: For me it is just paradise!

Of course, that doesn’t mean they haven’t had a great time on their journeys to North America too. In fact, the couple’s very first 4x4 adventure was in the Canyonlands National Park.

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The Longest Road Trip In The World - Record Set Byy US Couple For An Adventure Of A Lifetime

This couple traveled 29,500 miles through 39 states in 103 days and has set the world record for the longest road trip in one country. Greg Cayea and Heather Thompson easily beat the last record of 22,406.66 miles set in India last April.

Starting their trip in Tempe, Arizona on September 20, they also stopped by 22 national parks, with their favorites being Yellowstone, Zion and Crater Lake. According to Fox News , they also got to visit unusual tourist attractions such as South Dakota's outdoor animal safaris and a lonely ghost town in Idaho named Bayhorse. (Click here  for America's Scariest Ghost Towns.)

When asked, Cayea says that the most scenic road they had driven on was Beartooth Pass which featured views of lakes and melted glaciers.

Cayea tells Travel and Leisure  that, "being on the road has been such a big part of my life," which is why the two decided to set a world record before doing their big move to Philadelphia. "Every chance I could, I would get on the road, because that's where I felt most at home."

The couple are funding their trip through Cayea's travel book "No Direction Home: The Drifter Chronicles Volume One" .

They planned their record-breaking trip well, making a set of rules to follow, including taking no roundtrips, no backtracking more than 10% of total mileage, recording every stop with at least 10 minutes of video footage per day, keeping a log book. In addition, they had to be extremely careful not to cross country borders, to make their trip hold true.

While on the road, the couple say that the lifestyle is quite comfortable, having done barbecue dinners in national parks that offer grills, parking in truck stops and rest stops, and loading up on groceries in Walmart. The two have even parked in rest stops and supermarket parking lots and have prepped their mattress at the back of their car while watching Netflix.

Currently, the couple is headed to the Hudson Valley of New York, and it is expected that they will be on the road for one more month.

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World-Record Road Trip: Man Completes Historic 70K-Mile Trek to Every NPS Site

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Mikah Meyer just became the youngest person to visit all 419 U.S. national park sites and the only one to do it in a single, continuous push.

In the U.S., we are fortunate to enjoy 61 national parks. But when you add all the monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and other sites managed by the NPS, that number skyrockets to 419 “units.”

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On April 29, 2019, 33-year-old Mikah Meyer completed the impressive feat of visiting every one of them. Oh, and he did it with the help of a converted 2014 Ram Promaster, affectionately dubbed “Vanny McVanface.”

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He visited all 419 national park sites across the United States, including those in Alaska, Hawaii, and five U.S. territories. What’s more, he did it all within 3 years, driving 70,000 miles in the process. Add boat, train, and airplane rides, and he traveled more than 200,000 miles to complete the mission.

Meyer undertook the mission to honor his late father and to stand as a “new type of LGBT role model.”

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Visiting 419 National Park Sites

Meyer began his journey on April 29, 2016, at the Washington Monument. And on April 29, 2019, along with family and friends he met along the way, he finished by walking from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.

April 29 is a special date for Meyer. In 2005, his father passed away from cancer at age 58 on that day. His dad loved road trips, so taking this epic trek was a way to memorialize his father.

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“It still hasn’t totally struck me that it’s done,” Meyer said. “Mostly it’s just crazy to look at my parks’ map now and recall one by one the places I’ve been and pulling up pictures and videos and remembering each individual site. The past 3 years have felt more like one giant task than 419 sites, so it’s fun to reminisce on the adventures from each park.”

I spoke with Meyer to learn more about visiting these sites.

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GearJunkie: You mostly traveled in your converted 2014 Ram Promaster (Vanny McVanFace) that you purchased as a bare cargo van on Craigslist and built out yourself. How many nights did you sleep in the van, and what was the craziest place you slept?

Meyer: Of my 1,095 days of travel, I slept in the van about 70 percent of the time. I slept in hotels and tents no more than a few weeks combined, mostly in the island parks. I was so budget-conscious that I only succumbed to a hotel if the temp was under 20 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, the polar vortex that ravaged the Eastern U.S. in January 2018 found me getting a cheap hotel room in Amarillo, Texas, when the temps dropped to the low teens.

The craziest place I slept was a parking lot in suburban Detroit. I woke up at 5 a.m. to a fight happening on the other side of my van. Part of me wanted to poke my head out the window and say, “Excuse me, some of us are trying to sleep here!” But in actuality, I just laid frozen still, wondering if bullets were able to pierce Vanny’s side, or if they’d get stuck in the frame and wooden walls before reaching me.

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Vanny is now back on the Craigslist market ready for his next adventure. I’ll deliver him anywhere in the continental U.S. to a good home!

What’s the longest you went without a shower? (Vanny McVanFace did not have a shower.)

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While in Alaska’s Arctic Circle, I spent 12 days with Alaska Alpine Adventures rafting through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Noatak National Preserve. Despite being August, it was still in the 30s/40s and cloudy, so I hardly ever took off any layers. But when we reached Kobuk Valley National Park on our ninth day, it was the first time the sun shone brightly. I stripped down for a dip in the river and paid the price for that “shower” because my body was covered in mosquito bites in the span of 2 minutes.

Which was the most difficult park to reach?

Fittingly, Aniakchak National Monument in Alaska — the least-visited site in the entire National Park Service.

More people climb Mount Everest each year than reach this ancient exploded volcano on the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Standard practice is to plan one week waiting in King Salmon, Alaska, for weather to be good enough for a bush pilot to take you there for a few thousand dollars.

Did you come up with your favorite site?

I’ll be spending a temperate Upper Midwest summer curating my list of all 419 sites so I can share it with park fans to make sure they experience the best National Park Service sites we have to offer. Spoiler alert: It’s not one of the 61 national parks!

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American couple breaks world record for longest road trip in a single country with epic 29,500 mile journey through 39 states 

  • Greg Cayea and Heather Thompson have traveled over 103 days since departing on July 7 from Arizona  
  • They broke the record on September 20 when they passed the 22,406.66 miles driven previously
  • Cayea and Thompson decided to try and break the record since they were planning to move to Philadelphia
  • They expect to keep traveling through November and are currently heading to Hudson Valley, New York

By Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com and Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline

Published: 13:21 EDT, 27 October 2016 | Updated: 15:40 EDT, 1 November 2016

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An American couple has broken the world record for the longest road trip in one country after traveling over 29,500 miles through 39 states. 

Greg Cayea and Heather Thompson departed from Gilbert, Arizona on July 7, and have since traveled to 22 national parks including Zion National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Yellowstone in 103 days. 

They are still continuing to drive their 2008 Subaru Outback in a bid to cover all 48 contiguous states.

Cayea came up with the idea for the couple to try and break the record while listening to Tony Robbins' audio book, 'Awaken The Giant Within'.

The 32-year-old then decided to research various world records and decided that they should try and break the longest journey completed by car since they were already planning to move to Philadelphia and Thompson was no longer working. 

All smiles: Greg Cayea and Heather Thompson (pictured together) broke the world record for the longest road trip in one country after traveling over 29,500 miles through 39 states

All smiles: Greg Cayea and Heather Thompson (pictured together) broke the world record for the longest road trip in one country after traveling over 29,500 miles through 39 states

They departed from Gilbert, Arizona on July 7, and have since traveled to 22 national parks including Zion National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Yellowstone in 103 days

They departed from Gilbert, Arizona on July 7, and have since traveled to 22 national parks including Zion National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Yellowstone in 103 days

September 20 was the day they broke the previous record of the world's longest road trip in one country that was set back in April by four men who drove 22,406.66 miles through India

September 20 was the day they broke the previous record of the world's longest road trip in one country that was set back in April by four men who drove 22,406.66 miles through India

Cayea (left with Thomspon right) came up with the idea for them to try and break the record while listening to a Tony Robbins' audio book. He  researched various world records and decided  they should  break the longest journey completed by car

Cayea (left with Thomspon right) came up with the idea for them to try and break the record while listening to a Tony Robbins' audio book. He researched various world records and decided they should break the longest journey completed by car

Prior to hitting the road, the couple decided to sleep on an air mattress in the back of his 2008 Subaru Outback (above)

Prior to hitting the road, the couple decided to sleep on an air mattress in the back of his 2008 Subaru Outback (above)

The above map by Cayea shows the unique route the couple has traveled along during their months-long journey

The above map by Cayea shows the unique route the couple has traveled along during their months-long journey

On a blog  he created where he shares some insight into their journey, Cayea said before departing he bought new tires for his 2008 Subaru Outback, got an oil change and bought a new camera. 

In Cayea's book, 'No Direction Home: The Drifter Chronicles Volume One', he said that he felt 'most at home' while on the road. 

He explained to Travel + Leisure that 'being on the road has been such a big part of my life.' 

The couple is partially funding their journey with money made from his book sales. 

Lucky for them, on September 20 they broke the previous record of the world's longest road trip that was set back in April by four men who drove 22,406.66 miles through India.

Some days during their trip, they've also camped outside (above) to gain a great nights rest in nature

Some days during their trip, they've also camped outside (above) to gain a great nights rest in nature

They've been seemingly resourceful during the trip by making their own meals for the most part (above)

They've been seemingly resourceful during the trip by making their own meals for the most part (above)

But they've also dined out at a number of restaurants they've come across around the country (above)

But they've also dined out at a number of restaurants they've come across around the country (above)

Public restrooms have seemingly become a major part of the couple's life on the road, as Cayea took a selfie of them together in one above

Public restrooms have seemingly become a major part of the couple's life on the road, as Cayea took a selfie of them together in one above

While on the road so far, they've found dozens of seemingly unexpected tourist attractions, including an outdoor animal safari in South Dakota or the ghost town of Bayhorse, Idaho. 

The couple said the most scenic road they've driven on so far is Beartooth Pass on the Beartooth Highway located in Montana between Red Lodge and the Wyoming state line.   

'It's an insanely beautiful drive that goes around lakes that look like melted glaciers, just like the ones of out Glacier National Park,' Cayea said.

Speaking to MailOnline Travel, while on-the-go, Cayea said that one of the best parts of the journey has been showing his friends via social media what all of the 'country's nooks and crannies look like.' 

Meanwhile, Thompson revealed she's 'really been loving the National Parks'. 

Touching on one her favourite stretches of road, she added: 'The Pacific Coast Highway from Southern California to the tip of Washington was absolutely amazing, the roads were a little scary at times but I can’t wait to do it again!'

Along the way, the couple has driven through various cities in America, and documented in photos and video their journey. Above is a picture Cayea shared of a bison they spotted while on the trip

Along the way, the couple has driven through various cities in America, and documented in photos and video their journey. Above is a picture Cayea shared of a bison they spotted while on the trip

Since starting the journey, they have  traveled to 22 national parks including the Delicate Arch, a freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park in Utah (pictured above)

Since starting the journey, they have traveled to 22 national parks including the Delicate Arch, a freestanding natural arch located in Arches National Park in Utah (pictured above)

The adventurous couple also made a pit-stop in North Cascades National Park (above), which is located in Washington

The adventurous couple also made a pit-stop in North Cascades National Park (above), which is located in Washington

They've also visited the Redwood Forest in northern California, as the journey has taken them all along the west coast

They've also visited the Redwood Forest in northern California, as the journey has taken them all along the west coast

In order to achieve the goal of breaking the world record for longest road trip, Cayea and Thompson made a list of rules: no backtracking more than 10 per cent of the total mileage and no round-trips.

The pair also vowed to record every stop, keep a log book along the trip, not cross any country borders and record at least 10 minutes of video each day.

They are also allowed to take two weeks of time to rest from the road and have so far spent 35 days on stops during their trip. 

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Despite being cooped up in a car together, Cayea and Thompson have managed to avoid coming to blows.

Cayea said he likes to get up early and do morning workouts before setting off, in a bid to clear his mind.

Eating regularly also helps to ward off hunger-fuelled bust ups. 

However, Thompson admitted that they did 'almost kill each other' in Las Vegas as the desert heat rose.

During a stop in Minnesota, Cayea posed for a photo (above) in front of the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues

During a stop in Minnesota, Cayea posed for a photo (above) in front of the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues

The couple also took the scenic route across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco during their 103 day trip

The couple also took the scenic route across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco during their 103 day trip

Their journey has taken them to places probably not explored by many, including the town of Wall, South Dakota (above)

Their journey has taken them to places probably not explored by many, including the town of Wall, South Dakota (above)

Before setting off from Arizona in July, the couple saved up for their travels. 

Cayea was working as a freelance writer while Thompson was a barista in a cafeteria. In a bid to top up their funds, Cayea has been doing marketing jobs on the road for entertainment companies in Los Angeles and New York. The couple has also been kitted out by a few clothing sponsors after detailing their trip via Cayea's blog.  

Thompson said they try to do everything as cheaply as possible.  

Instead of eating at restaurants they do regular grocery shops and they have taken advantage of the unique lifestyle by using grills inside the national parks to cook food.

Before going to bed each night, they told the magazine that they prep their mattress and watch their favorite Netflix shows.  

The duo expects to keep traveling through mid-November, even though they've already demolished the record. Above is a picture Cayea took of a hostel at the Grand Canyon

The duo expects to keep traveling through mid-November, even though they've already demolished the record. Above is a picture Cayea took of a hostel at the Grand Canyon

Asked if they were getting tired of life on the road, Cayea replied: 'Yes and no. I miss my naps. I can’t take my naps while I’m driving and I don’t sleep while Heather is driving. But I love new things every day.

'Every day is an adventure and every hour is longer than the last and shorter than the next. I love uncertainty.' 

Despite Cayea loving the ramshackle life, Thompson said she's excited about getting home and hitting the gym.

'I’m down for camping and sleeping in the car in the future but maybe for like a two or three weeks max, today is day 106 and my body is definitely feeling it!' 

The duo expects to keep traveling through mid-November, even though they've already demolished the record.

They're currently heading to the Hudson Valley in New York.  

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Longest Road Trips in the World You Could Drive

Everyone loves a road trip – out on the open road, free to explore wherever and whenever you want. with a classic playlist on shuffle, plenty of car snacks and a roughly drawn route into the unknown, there’s a reason why road trips feel synonymous with chasing adventure and freedom. with this list, we’re focusing on distance, drawing up some of the longest and most ambitious road trips we can think of. grab a bag, a map and some friends, and head for the sunset… .

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London to Cape Town 

This one’s a classic, and many brave adventurers have crossed this monster journey off their list. One of the longest north to south journeys in the world, the fastest known completion of this route was 13 days, 8 hours and 48 minutes, as part of a publicity campaign for the new Ford Cortina. This beat the previous champions by 18 minutes! If, however, you’re keen to actually soak up the incredible sights, a month is likely the minimum time needed to cover this two-continent trip.

Starting with the Eurostar to Calais, passengers can enjoy scenic drives through rural France and Spain, take the ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar and down into the heart of Africa. For those that make it across the harsh Saharan Desert, the road evens out to provide breath-taking drives across countless National Parks, from the primate-filled rainforest reserve of Dja Faunal in Cameroon, to the lion and elephant filled landscape of Etosha National Park in Namibia. Pulling into Cape Town at the southern tip of South Africa, this drive will have covered 13,207km (8,207 miles) and 13 countries.

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Australian Coastal Loop

Driving ‘The Big Lap’ is another adventure that is often planned and rarely attempted. With huge swathes of the continent uninhabited due to its searingly hot desert climate, Australian road trips can be lethal to those without a map and plenty of backup fuel. The best bet for anyone looking to cover the whole country is to stick to Highway 1, a 14,935km (9280 miles) long highway that essentially follows the entire Australian coast in one big loop. Starting in Sydney, drivers can follow the coastline up to Brisbane, past Cairns, Darwin, Port Hedland, Perth and Adelaide, before hitting the spectacular Great Ocean Road to Melbourne and finally, back to Sydney.

The drive is perfectly possible to do within a month, but three months will give drivers time to better explore each stop fully. Because of the size of Australia, it is important to also keep an eye on the seasons. It is recommended to start the north in winter and summer in the south, following the milder temperatures round as you go.

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Europe to Ulaanbaatar

Centuries ago, nomadic settlers made their way along the central Asian steppe, seeking new lands and adventures. Now you can follow their route, making your way through Eastern Europe and down into Turkey. Crossing the Istanbul bridge, Europe slowly turns into Asia, swapping crumbling Christian churches for Islamic minarets and the sweeping rural expanse of Lake Van. From Turkey you have two choices, head down through the ancient Persian settlements of Iran, or up over the Caspian Sea into Russia. Both routes reconvene in the sweeping grasslands of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, before the Gobi Desert springs over the horizon.

In recent years, adventurers have made this journey into a challenge, dubbing it the Mongol Rally . Each year, participants sign up, buy a beaten-up old car and race from Europe to Mongolia. Generally broadcasting their progress (or non-progress) on social media, the challenge is designed to be as disaster-filled as possible, creating opportunity for “motoring stupidity on a global scale” and unexpected adventures. If this sounds like your cup of tea, sign up for the Mongol Rally 2022 , and start looking for your rubbish vehicle!

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Pan-American Highway 

So you might have done a cross-US road trip, but how about dreaming a bit bigger? This mammoth road trip covers almost the entirety of the Americas, from northernmost Alaska, down through Canada and the US, into Colombia, coastal Peru and Chile. The only break to the journey is the Darien Gap , a roadless region preventing driving access between Panama and Colombia (and by extension the entirety of North America to South America). Though there have been several attempts to build a highway, the impenetrable dense rainforest and prevalence of tropical diseases (not to mention the importance of protecting the indigenous communities that remain in the forests), means a road crossing has never been possible.

The only option, bar a famously hellish 5-day ferry journey , is to take a flight, but once safely into Medellin or Bogota, the journey south can carry on unimpeded. Assuming one drives from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to Panama City, and then Medellin in Colombia to Quellon in Chile, this insane road trip should clock up a cool 23,662km (14,703 miles). Assuming you drove for 8 hours a day, this trip would take you a month. Those who have done it, however, take anytime between 2 months to 2 years.

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Trans-Eurasian Belt

Our final route on this list doesn’t actually exist yet. It is an imagined driving route that follows much the same path as the Mongol Rally – from London to Ulaanbaatar. Yet once it hits Mongolia, it carries on, heading up through the easternmost point of Siberia and crossing the Bering Strait into Alaska. From there, the entirety of the Americas is possible, even linking down to South America. This journey is not yet possible, since the Bering Strait remains unconnected. However, plans for a Trans-Eurasian Belt Development are in the works, and we may soon see a connecting bridge be built to truly connect the world.

Who knows what such a connecting bridge will do for global trade, as well as perceptions of East and West? All we know is, it sounds like an epic road trip.

If you're planning a road trip across multiple countries, remember to get yourself covered with adequate car insurance just in case.

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World's Longest Driving Routes at a Glance:

🇬🇧london to cape town🇿🇦.

Distance: 13,207 km (8,207 miles)

Number of Countries: 13

Time Taken: 17 days (assuming 8 hours a day driving)

🇦🇺Australian Coastal Loop🇦🇺

Distance: 14,935 km (9,280 miles)

Number of Countries: 1

Time Taken: 19 days (assuming 8 hours a day driving)

🇵🇹Lisbon to Ulaanbaatar🇲🇳

Distance: 13,000 km (8,077 miles)

Number of Countries: 16

🇺🇸Pan-American Highway🇨🇱

Distance: 23,662 km (14,703 miles)

Number of Countries: 12

Time Taken: 30 days (assuming 8 hours a day driving)

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This couple has broke the road trip record and they're not stopping. (scrambledgregs.com)

All it took was 29,500 miles, 103 days and 39 states.

An American couple that started their trip in Tempe, Ariz. has broken the world record for the longest road trip in one country, reports Travel + Leisure. 

Greg Cayea and Heather Thompson easily surpassed the previous record of 22,406.66 miles that was set in India in April.

Check this bison out. #worldrecord #roadtrip pic.twitter.com/Otnlj6xFLi — Greg Cayea (@GregCayea) September 23, 2016

Cayea and Thompson started their trip on Sept. 20 and have since traveled to 22 national parks, stopping in some of their favorites including Yellowstone, Zion National Park and Crater Lake National Park. They’ve also found unexpected tourist attractions, ranging from outdoor animal safaris in South Dakota to a ghost town in Idaho.

To achieve their goal of driving through the 48 contiguous states, the duo set a series of rules: no round-trips and no backtracking more than 10 percent of the total mileage. They also promised to record every stop, keep a log book along the trip, record at least 10 minutes of video footage of the trip each day and not cross any country borders.

Our road trip so far #roadtrip #gwr #TravelTuesday pic.twitter.com/fW2M156cGw — Greg Cayea (@GregCayea) September 21, 2016

They also permitted themselves to take two weeks of resting time. In total, they’ve spent around 35 days of their trip so far on stops.

But where do the sleep? The majority of the journey, the couple sleeps in their 2008 Subaru Outback. They told Travel + Leisure that each night they prepare their mattress and catch up on their favorite Netflix shows before retiring.

Next up, Cayea and Thompson will head to New York’s Hudson Valley. They expect to keep traveling through mid-November.

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The Pan American Highway: The Longest Road In The World

At its fullest extent the Pan-American Highway is a network of roads stretching from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, a distance of around 48,000 kilometres (30,000 miles).

According to Guinness World Records, the Pan-American Highway is the world’s longest “motorable road” . However it is not readily possible to drive all the way since the route is interrupted by the 160 kilometre-wide (100 mile) Darién Gap between Central and South America.

The Highway consists of both official and unofficial elements. The official section, which is referred to in Spanish variously as the Autopista / Carretera / Ruta Panamericana, runs from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico on the U.S. Border to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

However, as shown on the map there are extensive unofficial sections to both the north and south of this.

The route shown on the map runs through 14 countries:

  • The United States
  • El Salvador

It also has links to a number of other countries. In the process it passes through all the major climate zones and many varied landscapes including arctic tundra, boreal forest, mountains, prairies, arid deserts and tropical jungles.

Moving from north to south, the route starts at Deadhorse, Alaska near the Prudhoe Bay oilfields and for the first 662 kilometres (414 miles) follows the Dalton Highway to Fairbanks.

The Dalton Highway was constructed in 1974 as a supply road to support the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. It is a challenging drive, with no services of any kind on one 384 kilometre (240 mile) stretch, and was the first road to be featured in the BBC’s World’s Most Dangerous Roads .

From Fairbanks there is a 155 kilometre (96 mile) link to Delta Junction at the northern end of the Alaska Highway, the next part of the route.

The Alaska Highway was constructed in 1942 by the US Army Corps of Engineers, as a wartime project using around 10,000 troops . Its purpose was to link Alaska with the 48 contiguous states through Canada to help defend against a possible Japanese attack.

It was originally around 2,700 kilometres long but as of 2012 had been shortened to 2,232 kilometres (1,387 miles) and is now paved over its entire length.

The Alaska Highway terminates at Dawson Creek, B.C. from where the route shown continues to Edmonton, Alberta. After Edmonton the map identifies two possible routes.

The first goes through Minneapolis after which it follows the Interstate 35 through Dallas/Fort-Worth to the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas.

The second route runs through Calgary, Alberta and Billings, Montana and then connects with the Interstate 25 through Denver, Colorado to Las Cruces, New Mexico and from there on the Interstate 10 to San Antonio, Texas, where it joins the first route.

In practice, given the unofficial status of the routes through Canada and the United States, many other alternatives are possible.

The Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, just across the border from Laredo marks the start of the official section of the Pan-American Highway.

From there it runs to Mexico City along Mexican Federal Highway 45 and on to the border with Guatemala along Mexican Federal Highway 190.

It then proceeds through Central America, passing through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. With the exception of Honduras, its route takes it through the capital cities of each of these countries, namely:

  • Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • San Salvador (El Salvador)
  • Managua (Nicaragua)
  • San José (Costa Rica)
  • Panama City (Panama)

One of the most challenging sections of the route lies in Costa Rica, where it rises to 3,335 metres (10,942 feet) at the ominously named Summit of Death (Cerro de la Muerte).

This summit marks the highest elevation on the Pan-American Highway in Central America. Indeed, following the completion of the Christ the Redeemer Tunnel between Chile and Argentina (see below), it may well be the highest elevation along the entire route.

The route through Central America terminates abruptly at Yaviza, at the edge of the Darién Gap and resumes on the other side at Turbo, Colombia in South America.

All but the most intrepid circumvent the Gap by taking one of the ferries that go from Panama to Colombia or Ecuador, from where they can reconnect with the Pan-American Highway.

In Colombia the route runs through Medellin and Cali before crossing the border into Ecuador at Tulcán.

In Ecuador the highway goes through the capital, Quito. At 2,850 metres (9,350 feet) Quito is the world’s second highest capital city , exceeded in elevation only by La Paz, Bolivia. From there the route heads south to Peru, where it follows Peru Highway 1, which runs the length of the country and connects all major cities in the coastal area, including the capital, Lima.

On crossing from Peru into Chile the highway enters the Atacama Desert, the driest non-polar location in the world . The highway then follows Chile Route 5 through Antofagasta to Valparaiso.

As shown on the map, there is an unofficial branch of the highway that continues on down the Chilean coast on Route 5 terminating in Quellón on Chiloé Island.

At Valparaiso the official route heads east following Chile Route 60 across the Andes Mountains to Argentina, where it becomes Argentina National Route 7 and crosses the Pampas to Buenos Aires.

Before 1980, the border used to be at the Upsallata Pass, which at 3,832 metres (12, 572 feet) made it the highest point on the Pan-American Highway. However, 1980 saw the opening of the Christ the Redeemer Tunnel (Túnel Cristo Redentor) at 3,200 metres (10,499 feet), which became the new crossing point.

The final (unofficial) leg of the Pan-American Highway runs for 3,045 kilometres (1,892 miles) from Buenos Aires on Argentina National Route 3 to Ushuaia passing through Bahía Blanca and Comodoro Rivadavia.

Near its southern end the route goes back into Chile and crosses the Straits of Magellan via a short ferry ride before going back into Argentina and on to Ushuaia, which is located on Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, the largest island of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.

Argentina claims Ushuaia as the world’s most southerly city , a fact that is disputed by Chile which claims Puerto Williams for this distinction. While the Chilean town of Puerto Williams is indeed farther south , Ushuaia has a much larger population (71,000 vs. 3,000) , so take your pick.

The record for the fastest trip by car from Ushuaia to Prudhoe Bay (mostly on the Pan-American Highway) is credited to Tim Cahill and Garry Sowerby in the astonishing time of twenty-three days, twenty-two hours, and forty-three minutes .

Tim wrote about his experience in his book Road Fever . In 2003 Kevin Sanders broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest traversal of the highway by motorcycle , taking 34 days.

No account of the Pan-American Highway would be complete without a discussion of its missing link, the Darién Gap .

This area of undeveloped swampland, forest and mountain straddles the border between Panama and Colombia. Thus far, plans to build a road through the Gap have come to nothing .

There are a number of reasons for this including:

  • The sheer difficulty and cost of building a road through such difficult terrain.
  • Pressure to protect the rainforest environment
  • Concerns by indigenous groups, such as the Embera-Wounaan and Kuna that a road would pose a threat to their traditional cultures.
  • And concerns that a road would make it easier for foot and mouth disease to enter North America.

Over the years, the enormous challenge of traversing the Gap has attracted a number of diehard souls.

The first vehicular crossing of the Gap was by the Land Rover La Cucaracha Cariñosa (The Affectionate Cockroach) and a Jeep of the international Trans-Darién Expedition of 1959–60, which took 136 days!

The first crossing by a standard two wheel drive passenger car took place in 1961 with three Chevrolet Corvairs, only two of which made it out of the jungle.

Up to this point, the expeditions had used river boats for some sections. The first fully overland wheeled crossing of the Gap was that of British cyclist Ian Hibell, who rode from Cape Horn to Alaska between 1971 and 1973.

The first motorcycle crossing was by Robert L. Webb in March 1975.

The first all-land auto crossing was in 1985–87 by Loren Upton and Patty Mercier in a Jeep, taking an incredible 741 days to travel 201 kilometres (125 miles).

Ed Culberson was the first to follow the entire Pan-American Highway including the Darién Gap on a motorcycle.

There have also been a number of crossings on foot, including that of George Meegan in 1981, who walked the entire distance from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska over a period of 2,425 days !

The most unusual walker was evangelist Arthur Blessitt who traversed the Gap in 1979 while carrying a 12-foot wooden cross as part of what Guinness World Records recognized as “the longest round the world pilgrimage”.

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Nicolás Valencia says

May 20, 2016 at 7:57 pm

I would like to clarify a point related to Chile. In our country it’s known as Route 5, but instead of arriving to Valparaiso, it goes to Santiago. In fact, in a short section, Route 5 is crossed by Route 60 (Valparaiso – Buenos Aires), before arriving Santiago, capital of Chile.

Route 5 cross Santiago as a north-south axis (well-known as “La Norte-Sur”), then continues on down to Puerto Montt. Then, you have to sail the Chacao Channel from Puerto Montt to Quellon, the southernmost city on Chiloe Island.

GeoNie says

November 2, 2021 at 10:14 pm

It’s on the internet dude!! Geez

November 2, 2021 at 10:18 pm

Hey NicolásValencia. Chile looks so beautiful in its beach front glory to that big wall separating Argentina. I envy you guys and will land in Santiago soon

Veronica Philips says

July 9, 2017 at 8:47 pm

Image what can happen on a family road trip, when your son asks the innocent question, “What’s the longest road in the world?” This was a great read, and I’m thinking it needs to be a bucket list item..

Tom Swinburn says

August 13, 2018 at 7:53 am

Meegan traversed 12 miles a day for YEARS to make his journey. Almost seven years in fact. So there were no sick days, no breaks of any kind? I guess I’m going to have to buy his book. The 12 miles a day was the average, but some days he could have walked much further, other days, like in the Darien gap a mile a day would have been tough. And the elevation changes! The feat seems almost superhuman.

August 10, 2019 at 10:06 pm

Without modern technology, navigating, writing and Reading about this would not be possible. Someday like the Jetsons someone will just be able to fly their own personal vehicle the whole way !!

Ian Sarad says

September 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm

I just did a little research and discovered that it’s actually 30,000 km (not miles).

Muhammad Naeem Khalid says

October 28, 2019 at 6:01 pm

Pan American Highway is 30000 KM or 30000 Miles please clarify

Bill Emerson says

February 23, 2020 at 9:57 pm

In 1998 I drove from my home in Kansas City to Panama…..It was a great trip! To return I put my car on a ship to Florida, and then drove back home. Even though I do not speak Spanish, I did not find language to be a problem. In fact, I had virtually no problems. I have always wanted to do another trip thru South America to southern Chile. Is there anything more that I should know?

Regards, Bill Emerson

Andrus says

September 11, 2020 at 3:51 pm

For a trip to south america, Route 40 in Argentina is far more interesting than the pan-american highway. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Route_40_(Argentina)

September 12, 2020 at 10:21 pm

In Argentina, the 5000 km of Route 40 are much more scenic that panamerica highway.

wayne winzer says

April 7, 2023 at 4:00 am

follow transmigratoty route. easier now than then. I drive Wichita to Guatemala every year

Jane Carpenter says

June 16, 2020 at 9:10 pm

Muhammad I think you’ll find your answer here in this article. Although you may not – it’s still slightly confusing! 🙂 https://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/4638-pan-american-highway.html

joana galarza johnson says

April 4, 2020 at 1:51 pm

What an interesting article, thank you. I would like to offer one more reason why the Darian Gap’s closure has come to nothing. Colombian drug lords. Colombia’s notorious Pablo Escobar and countless other drug cartel leaders, hid (and had drug distillation industries) at the northernmost tip of South America. In the rainforests.

Also, there is a new book, To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins (2019) about traversing the Pan American Highway on bicycle, from Oregon south to Patagonia. Lovely book.

Stefan White says

April 5, 2020 at 7:01 am

My stepfather was the mechanic of an Inter-American Expedition in 1953 that drove a Sunbeam Alpine non-stop from Fairbanks, Alaska to the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, using rafts to cross the Gap and sleeping with headhunters in Central America. That would be preceding the claim made here.

June 13, 2020 at 2:43 am

I just came up with about 22,000 kilometers on Google Maps, depending on the specific routes chosen. Clearly, 30,000 kilometers, or miles, is incorrect, since the straight line pole-to-pole distance is only 20,000 kilometers, as measured on Google Earth.

stephen morrow says

March 7, 2021 at 12:59 am

Mileage stated here is way off…19,000 miles is more like it.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan-American_Highway

V CLEVE WALSTROM says

August 9, 2021 at 8:38 pm

Danny Liska of Niobrara, Nebraska rode a BWM motor cycle the length of the Pan American Highway (he hiked the Darien Gap) in the early 1960’s . His book Two Wheels to Adventure is a classic that out shines all.

Cleve Walstrom

Waithumbi says

October 3, 2021 at 1:34 pm

It’s a Wonderful article to read, like now when the migrants from Haiti are WALKING through the Darien Gap Jungle.

jane doe says

August 23, 2023 at 2:29 pm

wait a minute – migrant Haitians are walking the Gap? Haiti is an Island in the Caribbean – how do they get from there to the Gap? Something is off…

Gerard Deveau says

February 6, 2023 at 6:15 pm

Great article and comments as well! A Bucket List Adventure for sure God willing.

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD LONGEST ROAD TRIP

The road trip: los angeles, california, june something, 2016.

The road trip all started with Tony Robbins.

I downloaded his book  Awaken the Giant Within   on Audible and listened to it in two hours while my then-girlfriend was finishing her last shift at the café she used to manage in Griffin Park.

Tony starts talkin:

“Are you setting ambitious goals?”

Well, yeah, I’m gonna be a best-selling author, I tell Tony through the headphones.

“Does that EXCITE YOU?” says Tony.

Uhhh… well, kinda… mostly it just sounds like a lotta work.

“Well what WOULD excite you? Some people just don’t dream  big  enough… is that  you?”  Tony asks me in a real soothing yet threatening voice.

I start tearing. YES, TONY THAT  IS  ME! How did he know?

“Well, it’s time to STOP and DREAM BIG,” he shouts in my ear.

FINE TONY, FINE!

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“Take out a pen and start to write! WRITE FOR FIVE MINUTES! Stop the tape NOW and WRITE!”

Fucking shit this guy… So, I start to damn write and write and I write down everything I think I want but I’m not sure I want but think maybe I want and I don’t know… but I write it all down.

I look down at my pad. Amidst all the crazy mumbo jumbo I wrote down like “have Japanese tea garden”—whatever the fuck that mean, I see:

Set world record.

Hmm… A world record? A world record for what? I mean, it sounds fun… Okay. A world record, I’ll do it. But what kinda record? I wonder if there’s some kinda travel world record, do those exist? Is that a thing? It must be a thing. Everything is a thing.

I Google ‘world records travel’ and tons of fuckin travel world records pop up. I start browsing through em all to see which world records I might be able to break, and BOOM… I find one:

Longest Journey by Car in a Single Country. .. A ROAD TRIP!

Fantastic, that sounds great. I’m lookin at some couple in India that currently has the title at 19,600 miles, which is chicken shit, I think to myself. Well guess what motherfuckers? You’re goin down.

So, I click on the [APPLY TO BREAK RECORD] button and fill out a buncha shit and then I’m prompted with screen that says they’ll get back to me in twelve weeks… Twelve weeks?

You fuckin kidding?

Who plans shit out that far? Oh wait… OR I can pay them a dickload of money to hear back in three to five days. Eight-hundred dollars to be kind of exact (somewhere around there at least).

I PAY THEM THE DICKLOAD OF MONEY THEY EXTORT ME FOR AND WAIT FOR THE RESPONSE.

I hear back within a few hours I think, I can’t really remember, but it was fast. Congratulations, you’ve been accepted to apply for the record (is basically what it said). Then I’m prompted with some other page that says in many more words than I’m about to paraphrase it in, “Okay do a bunch of more shit then send us your roadmap and how you intend to break the record so we can approve it, and one more thing: you can’t start prior to approval.”

So, I spend five hours doin the map that night and I’m up with my ex—her name is Heather—so, I’ll just say Heather from now on…. Anyway, I’m up till like 3AM with my ex—I mean Heather—tryin to put together some kinda map that’ll break 20,000 miles… but the thing is they gave us all these rules—like no round trips and no backtracking and no leaving the country and more shit than that, but those are a few, so it’s quite hard to find some sort of route that’ll break 20,000 miles.

ZIG-ZAGGY ROAD TRIP

We come up with this zig-zaggy lookin route and submit it and THEN they say something along the lines of, “this shit isn’t good enough. Please be more detailed…” Actually, here’s precisely what they said:

world record road trip

So I do that and then they’re like…

“Thanks, we’ll get back to you in twelve weeks OR you can pay us another dickload of money to hear back in three to five days. So again, I pay the crooks because I’m impulsive and I wanna leave in like a week.

I wait and wait and wait and wait and wonder if I just spend sixteen hundred bucks for no reason just to get denied. Plus, Heather’s lease is over and we gotta leave LA and we have no idea where to drive, so we head to her parent’s house that’s right outside of Phoenix, Arizona.

Then, after like two weeks of us staying in the hottest place on Earth, I get a response from Guinness:

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We prep our shit for  (what we think will be)  a 20,000-mile journey up and down the USA. But all that went to shit.

ROAD TRIP STANDSTILL -GILBERT, ARIZONA

July 7, 2016, or something like that..

The day is at least 120 degrees and the night is somewhere around 110. I gotta go get new tires and get my oil changed and buy a camera and get ready to sleep in the back of my car for… however long that’ll take. Gonna be sleeping in the back of my Subaru Outback on an air mattress, I think.

Before we leave I get bored and post on Facebook about the trip and some guy named Jake I met in a café in Brooklyn at one point in my life sends me a message that says:

LET’S WORK TOGETHER!

He worked for some branding agency or someplace where companies pay him money for content and now we were gonna be that content. He gets us a sponsor called Stream–they’re a live streaming platform. They want us to live stream the whole trip.

WHY AM I EVEN DOING THIS?

Oh right, cause I was dissatisfied with my life.

Five days later, we’re still in Phoenix.

WHY IS THIS SO FRUSTRATING ALREADY??

Turns out we weren’t  fully ready yet…  Another hiccup with Guinness…

world record road trip

So I flip out cause we are READY TO GO! KML file?! What in the  fuck is that?  WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS MEAN!?! I gotta figure out what in the world a KML file is. I google the living shit outa it and NOBODY has an answer.

IN SEARCH OF A KML CLUE…

Who would know this? Who needs to record mileage? TRUCK DRIVERS! I’ll call a truck driving company!

So I call one of them and they have no fucking clue.

Dammit… Hmm, maybe another world record breaker? But I don’t know any other world record breakers. I freak out again.

WHAT THE FUCK IS A KML FILE?

But there’s no more time to waste, we gotta get on the road! But STILL–even after a few days driving I’m goin back and forth with Guinness tryin to figure out if I did the KML file thingy right. And STILL they are writing me back shit like:

world record road trip

Seek professional advice? PROFESSIONAL ADVICE?! YOU ARE THE FUCKIN PROFESSIONAL ADVICE!

Dude points to some Garmin GPS system.

“That’ll do it”

FINALLY. SOME EXPERT HELP (IT WASN’T AS WE LEARNED).

So we get back home—Heather and I—with some dumb 300-buck GPS system and turn it on and it says update the software. We click update. The update will take 25 hours, please do not turn off your computer.

25 hours?!?! ARE YOU FUCKIN KIDDING ME?

So we wait 25 hours for this GPS to update and go swimming in Heather’s parent’s pool.

Then we have sex; a rare occasion.

Then Stream, our new sponsor, says they sent us two Samsung phones with unlimited data so we can rig the car up to live stream the entire trip. Those phones show up at the house. Free phones. That’s cool.

“You ready for the walk through on how to use the software?”

But the GPS update still has 20 hours or whatever and the KML files are wrong and we gotta get going here and it’s 120 degrees outside and now we gotta learn how to use this live streaming software. I feel flustered.

So I turn on the Samsung Galaxy phones but the phones won’t turn on till its charged for another hour.

I write back to Jake and the Stream people that:

“Phone taking long time to charge can push back Skype sesh?”

TAKING OUT WORDS MAKES IT SOUND LIKE I’M IN A RUSH.

They say yes and when the hour goes by and the phones are charged we turn them on and are prompted with two options:

Call the cops  or  turn off phone.

So, we head to  the Verizon store,  but they tell us they need our password to activate it. We don’t know the password so I send another message to Jake and Stream tellin em we can’t even turn the phones on.

Meanwhile back at the house the fuckin DSLR camera I bought is still on the floor of the room Heather and I were stayin in at her parents’ house and it’s lookin at me sayin:

You’ll  NEVER  figure me out. NEVER.

I look at the photo of the camera on the box with all its buttons and shit and I’m thinkin:

Damn, I’ll never figure out how to take a damn picture on this thing.

Problem with that is, part of the rules we gotta follow say  we’re required to take photos of national landmarks and film two minutes of video footage for every hour we’re on the road…  Okay, I’ll worry about that later.

DAY 0: HEATHER GETS PULLED OVER

Actually, it’s not even day one. We haven’t even left yet and Heather got pulled over and lost two points on her license and got a $300 ticket for running a stop sign right outside her parent’s house in a sub-development of a sub-development of a sub-development in Gilbert, Arizona. Not a good start.

We leave tomorrow.

DAY 5: MILE MARKER 904 – ANOTHER FIGHT

Finally we left Phoenix and went up to Prescott and then over to Flagstaff and we parked that first night at a Pilot Flying J’s truck stop. We setup the car for the first time to sleep in and I was stressed the fuck out cause Heather brought so much shit and I told her a million times “you’re bringing too much shit” and she was like “no it’s all good you’re freakin out” and I was like:

“YOU’VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE. I AM TELLING YOU THIS IS TOO MUCH SHIT. WE WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT THE SEATS DOWN CAUSE THERE’S TOO MUCH SHIT TO PUT AWAY!”

Then that night she easily put everything where it needed to be and we slept comfortably and I woke up and said sorry.

I hate being wrong. Especially when I’m wrong with so much conviction.

But before we went to bed, we put towels in the windows so we could have some privacy. A couple weeks later on an Indian reservation in the back of a casino the casino manager told us we were ruining the “ambiance” of the casino and that we had to leave.

“BUT LOOK AT ALL THE TRUCKS! THEY AREN’T RUINING THE AMBIANCE?”

I was about to freak out.

“Well, see how they’re… clean? You have towels hanging out the windows…”

Translation: Beat it white trash.

LESS WHITE TRASHY

The next morning Heather made curtains for the windows and put Velcro all around the car so we could slap the curtains up at night and take em off during the day. It looked much less white trashy.

I woke up at like 6am and did 120 pushups (humble brag) on some concrete sidewalk at some truck stop while Heather was still sleeping and then I meditated on my yoga block and when Heather woke up we moved all the shit from the front seat back to the backseat and deflated the air mattress and drove to the Grand Canyon.

I nearly  died at the Grand Canyon  a few years back, but that’s beside the point.

Here’s what happened next… (coming soon)

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11 Road Trip Destinations Where You Can Break a World Record

By editorial staff | sep 12, 2014.

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Becoming a world record holder doesn’t have to require years of disciplined practice and preparation – if you can be at the right place at the right time, you can stake your claim to being a record-breaking legend. Here are 11 destinations where you can help rewrite the record books.

Most Linked-Together Inflatable Tubes (with Zombies)

Head to Asheville, NC for this unorthodox world record attempt, which seeks to break the record for most people in inflatable tubes linked together at once … while dressed as zombies. Organizers are putting the event together to raise awareness about protecting the ecosystem surrounding North Carolina’s French Broad River. The current record stands at 600 people, but it might not last for much longer: More than 2000 potential would-be zombie participants have already registered for this event.

Largest Dog Grooming Lesson

Pack up Fido and cross the border into Alliston, Ontario for this world record attempt at the largest dog-grooming lesson. The gathering also features other activities for you and your canine companion, including dock diving, agility contests, and even a “Best Dressed Dog” fashion show.

Largest Gathering of Pirates

Make the drive to the Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, VA on September 19, 2015 to see a ton of swashbucklers attempting to set the world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as pirates. All landlubbers and scallywags need not apply—the hefty current record stands at 14,231 pirate participants.

Greatest Number of People Simultaneously Balancing a Book on Their Heads and Walking Five Meters

Bookworms with great posture should plan a road trip out to the library in Saratoga, CA in September. The Santa Clara County Library District there plans to set the world record for the most people balancing a book on their heads and walking at least five meters (a whopping 16.4 feet!). The library will have stewards there to make sure there’s no cheating, but official rules allow participants to place the book on their head flat or “tent-style” to make it a little easier.

Largest Pub Crawl

If books aren’t your thing, get a designated driver and head down to Savannah, Georgia next May for an attempt to break the record for the largest pub crawl. The official rules state that participants must purchase and consume at least a 4.4 oz. alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage (so even those designated drivers can enjoy the crawl responsibly) at 10 different participating bars within the official 8-hour timespan.

Largest Gathering of Natural Redheads

Head to Portland, OR’s Pioneer Courthouse Square on May 31, 2015 and you’re bound to see a fair amount of redheads. A non-profit organization called The Redhead Event is coordinating the world record for the largest number of people with natural red hair as a way to raise awareness for skin cancer.

Largest Same First and Last Name Gathering

Is your name James Smith? Do you want to be part of a world record? You’re in luck: All you need to do is drive down to Port Canaveral, FL, on December 1, 2014, and set sail on a cruise ship that will attempt to gather the largest group of people named “James Smith.” The previous record, which gathered together only 164 people named “Martha Stewart,” has stood since 2005.

Largest Number of Carved Pumpkins

Get spooky at the Keene, NH Pumpkin Festival, where organizers will attempt to gather the largest number of carved pumpkins in one place. (The festival is trying to beat its own record, 30,581 jack-o-lanterns, which was set last year.) You can bring your own pre-carved pumpkin to the fest or get one there and make a jack-o-lantern of your own design. Once the count is made, the clever organizers even set up a race to clean up the mess involving competing teams and prizes.

The Most People Simultaneously Bouncing a Ball for 10 Seconds

Head to Toronto on May 6, 2015, and you’ll have the chance to partake in this record-breaking attempt at having the most people bounce a ball in the air for at least 10 seconds. The current record is 658, and organizers are hoping to hit at least 700 in this latest attempt.

Largest Floating Gathering of Kayaks

Strap your kayak to your car roof and head to Florida’s Apalachicola Bay on May 15-17, 2015. There, more than 2,100 kayaks will link up in an attempt to create the largest floating gathering of kayaks, smashing the current record of 1,902.

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The world's longest and greatest road trips

Road-trips are the perfect way to experience many different countries, cultures and landmarks all in one epic journey.

Being in control of your destiny and the freedom that comes with jumping in the car and driving wherever you see fit can be liberating. Whilst road-trips do need a decent period of time to undertake there are plenty of options to suit whether you’ve got a long weekend or taking a year to travel the world.

We’re concentrating today on those longer trips, those inspirational life affirming journeys that take you from one side of the world to the other by looking at the world’s longest road trips.

Sagres to Talon Road Trip

Sagres to Talon: The Longest Overland Road Trip

The furthest that you can drive without the need of ferries or trains is from Sagres in Portugal to Talon in eastern Russia.

This 9,414 mile (15,151km) journey will take around 200 hours of continuous driving. Clearly you’ll be wanting to break up the journey, doing so means you’ll be able to explore a number of wonderful countries from the start point in Portugal, through Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus and across the breadth of Russia via Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk and to Talon.

Pan American Highway Road Trip

Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia: Pan American Highway

The Pan American Highway spans the North and South American continents, from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to the southernmost city in the world Ushuaia in Argentina.

It’s a distance of 19,000 miles (30,000km) making it the longest road in the world. It would take an estimated 720 hours to drive the length of the Pan American Highway – which is a solid 3 months of driving, but most people choose to take a much more leisurely approach over the course of 6-12 months.

The journey takes you through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, United States and Canada – which gives you plenty of places to explore and enjoy along the way. From the Patagonian icefields to the Atacama Desert and the Rockies mountains.

We should be honest and admit that this isn’t fully achievable by car alone, the Darien Gap, which separates South America and Central America is a region of mountainous rainforest and swampland which can only be covered by boat.

Highway 1 Australia's Big Lap Road Trip

Highway 1 in Australia: The Big Lap

Australia’s Big Lap is essentially the world’s biggest ring road. The 9,000 mile (14,500km) Highway 1 connects the capitals of Australia’s states (except Hobart and Canberra) by joining Perth (Western Australia), Darwin (Northern Territories), Brisbane (Queensland), Sydney (New South Wales), Melbourne (Victoria) and Adelaide (South Australia). 

In doing so it becomes the second largest road in the world. It showcases all that Australia has to offer from the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide to the isolation of the north eastern coasts with swamps, deserts and scrubland in between.

Although the record for the Big Lap is a remarkable 6 days, those of us with more time could enjoy the journey over the course of 3-6 months. Taking in all that Australia has to offer in that time.

Trans-Siberian Highway Road Trip

St. Petersburg to Vladivostok: The Trans-Siberian Highway 

Many would have heard of the Trans-Siberian Railway, but did you know there was a highway as well?

Running the length of Russia from St Petersburg in the north west to Vladivostok in the south east it covers 7,000 miles (11,000km) making it the third longest road in the world.

The journey takes goes from the Baltic Sea coast to the Sea of Japan, through some inhospitable terrain making it one of the toughest road trips you can choose to do.

Driving constantly and going at full tilt will still take around 14 days to make it from one side to the other. Happily though, if you allow 4-6 weeks you can make the journey in a more manageable way and enjoy the cities of Moscow, Kazan and Irkutsk whilst the natural wonder of Lake Baikal. 

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St John’s to Vancouver: The Trans-Canada Highway 

Canada is the second biggest country in the world, so it’s not a surprise to see it on a list of the world’s longest road trips. The Trans-Canada Highway meanders from St John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador in the east to Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast.

The journey is 5,000 miles (7,000km) takes you through ten Canadian provinces and takes you from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Coast in the west. In total, it would take around 120 hours of pure driving, but more realistically a 2-month trip would allow you to leisurely journey where you can take in all that Canada has to offer.

Along the route, stop in the beautiful Quebec City, explore the lakes and mountains of Alberta and try whale watching in Vancouver Bay.

The Golden Quadrilateral - India Road Trip

Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata: The Golden Quadrilateral Highway 

India’s longest road trip in 3,600 miles (6,000km) long and connects 4 of India’s largest cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

In doing so it forms a quadrilateral where the highway gets its name. It is the newest highway on this list having been completed in 2001

2-4 weeks driving this route around India would be able to provide good time to explore each city and immerse yourself in some of India’s most famous landmarks including the world-famous Taj Mahal. 

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Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Oregon: U.S. Route 20

America and road trips go hand in hand, although Route 66 is probably the famous road trip in the world, the longest road trip in the United States is actually Route 20 which connects Boston, Massachusetts on the east coast with Newport, Oregon on the Pacific coast in the north west of the country.

Covering 3,365 miles (5,415km) it runs through 12 different states and some fascinating cities including Cleveland – where you can visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minneapolis - for some retail therapy at the Mall of America, and Chicago - The Windy City. Aside from cities you can also experience the USAs natural beauty including Yellowstone National Park, Craters of the Moon National Preserve and, if you’re willing take a 2-hour detour, you can see Mount Rushmore.

The 60 hours of driving that it will take can make for an excellent 3-week journey across the route, giving you enough time for a leisurely drive and multiple night stays along the way. 

Asian Highway 1 Road Trip

Istanbul to Tokyo: Asian Highway 1

The longest road trip across Asia spans 12,774 (20,557km) from Istanbul in Turkey – known as the gateway to Asia – to Tokyo in Japan.

Asian Highway 1 takes around 125 hours to complete, but given the number of different countries through which it runs you’ll likely want to allow yourself 4-6 weeks to fully appreciate everything that this route has to offer.

The route runs through South Korea, North Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Whilst some of these countries may not be the easiest to navigate through geo-politically speaking the routes does hold some magnificent treasures throughout south east Asian and parts of the Indian sub-continent.

If you’re not sick of driving by the time you arrive in Istanbul, it is possible to continue the trip via the E80 which will lead you across Europe to Lisbon in Portugal. 

John O'Groats to Cape Town Road Trip

John O’Groats, UK to Cape Town: The Longest Euro-African Road Trip

Here’s one that is perfect for us Brits. A 200 hour drive takes us 9,100 miles (14,650km) from the UK’s most northerly mainland point – John O’Groats to Cape Town in South Africa.

It would take just over a week of solid driving to make the distance, but a much more sensible timescale will be 2 to 3 months – that way you can enjoy your trip through Europe and down the length of Africa.

This unique journey travels through France, Spain, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, Namibia and South Africa – allowing you to get up close and personal with the wildlife of Africa in the various deserts, game reserves and national parks with the Algerian Sahara and Deadvlei and Etosha National Park in Namibia being particular highlights.

Serai, Indonesia to Cape Town, South Africa: The Longest Land Route with Ferries

If you’re willing to push the definition of a road trip a bit further and are happy to use a number of ferries, then the longest land route you can do with ferries is between Cape Town and Serai, North Sulawesi in Indonesia.

The longest road trip covers a distance of 20,885 (33,612km) through Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Kazakhstan, Russia and then across Europe from Belarus to Spain. Then head over to north Africa and travel through Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and more.

This is a mammoth journey that with constant driving would take 550 hours – the equivalent of 23 days straight!

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Have we inspired to take a road trip? Even if you don’t have the time or the willing to travel tens of thousands of miles there are some excellent road trips closer to home including:

  • North Coast 500 – Scotland
  • Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland
  • Ring Road - Iceland
  • The Amalfi Coast - Italy
  • Atlantic Road – Norway

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WASHINGTON – A former CIA employee and senior official at the National Security Council has been charged with serving as a secret agent for South Korea's intelligence service, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Sue Mi Terry accepted luxury goods, including fancy handbags, and expensive dinners at sushi restaurants in exchange for advocating South Korean government positions during media appearances, sharing nonpublic information with intelligence officers and facilitating access for South Korean officials to U.S. government officials, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan.

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She also admitted to the FBI that she served as a source of information for South Korean intelligence, including by passing handwritten notes from an off-the-record June 2022 meeting that she participated in with Secretary of State Antony Blinken about U.S. government policy toward North Korea, the indictment says.

Prosecutors say South Korean intelligence officers also covertly paid her more than $37,000 for a public policy program that Terry controlled that was focused on Korean affairs.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, its main spy agency, said Wednesday that intelligence authorities in South Korea and the U.S. are closely communicating over the case. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry separately said it was not appropriate to comment on a case that is under judicial proceedings in a foreign country.

The conduct at issue occurred in the years after Terry left the U.S. government and worked at think tanks, where she became a prominent public policy voice on foreign affairs.

Lee Wolosky, a lawyer for Terry, said in a statement that the “allegations are unfounded and distort the work of a scholar and news analyst known for her independence and years of service to the United States.”

He said she had not held a security clearance for more than a decade and her views have been consistent.

“In fact, she was a harsh critic of the South Korean government during times this indictment alleges that she was acting on its behalf,” he said. “Once the facts are made clear it will be evident the government made a significant mistake.”

Terry served in the government from 2001 to 2011, first as a CIA analyst and later as the deputy national intelligence officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council, before working for think tanks, including the Council on Foreign Relations.

Prosecutors say Terry never registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent.

On disclosure forms filed with the House of Representatives, where she testified at least three times between 2016 and 2022, she said that she was not an “active registrant” but also never disclosed her covert work with South Korea, preventing Congress from having “the opportunity to fairly evaluate Terry's testimony in light of her longstanding efforts” for the government, the indictment says.

Associated Press writer Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul, South Korea, contributed to this report.

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22 U.S. Road trips to take before you die

Take these bucket list road trips before you kick the bucket

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Road trips in the USA offer limitless possibilities, be they mountain-winding roads snaking through majestic peaks, sea-kissed highways hugging shimmering coastlines, or national park routes crisscrossing breathtaking landscapes.

To help get your wheels rolling, here are the bucket list road trips in the USA to take before you kick the bucket. 

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Historic Route 66, one of the best road trips in the USA

Route 66 (Illinois to California)

The Mother Road weaves a path through the psyche of Americana. Starting in the Midwest, this route kisses against many of the most iconic moments in our history as it meanders to the West Coast. It’s also one of the most popular road trips in the USA for folks from around the world who make the pilgrimage just to run this road. 

This legendary highway is dotted with quirky roadside attractions, vintage motels, and classic diners. Explore the art deco architecture of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Cadillac Ranch in Texas, and the ghost towns of the Mojave Desert. Whether you’re fascinated by history or just love a good road trip, Route 66 offers a unique glimpse into America’s past.

You can even electrify your journey because Route 66 is now EV-friendly .

Related The ultimate guide to riding Route 66 on a motorcycle

Minnesota’s North Shore

Discover the rugged beauty of Minnesota’s North Shore on a road trip along Highway 61, stretching from Duluth to Grand Portage. This scenic drive offers breathtaking views of Lake Superior, towering cliffs, and lush forests. 

US road trip: Minnesota North Shore

Highlights include the picturesque Split Rock Lighthouse , the cascading waterfalls at Gooseberry Falls State Park , and the serene beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area . 

This road trip in the USA offers opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and exploring charming lakeside towns like Two Harbors and Grand Marais.

Michigan Upper Peninsula Road Trip

Michiganders are uber-proud of their picturesque Upper Peninsula, and with good reason. The “ U.P. ” is known for its pristine wilderness, dramatic shorelines, and historic landmarks. Drive along US Highway 2 and M-28 to explore stunning spots like the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore , with its colorful cliffs and waterfalls, and the serene beaches of Lake Superior. Visit the historic town of Marquette , the breathtaking Tahquamenon Falls , and the secluded beauty of Isle Royale National Park . 

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The Upper Peninsula splits between Lakes Superior and Michigan, and kisses Lake Huron at the end. A road trip here offers views of these Great Lakes, plenty of hiking stops, and all the boating breaks you could want along the journey.  

Related 5 must-see stops on a road trip through Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula

Texas Hill Country

This road trip takes you along the rolling hills, vineyards, and historic towns of Texas Hill Country, a region known for its scenic beauty and cultural richness. 

Texas Hill Country road trip USA

Visit charming towns like Fredericksburg , with its German heritage, and Bandera, the “Cowboy Capital of the World.” Enjoy wine tasting at local vineyards, wildflower viewing in the spring, and the unique limestone formations of the Hill Country State Natural Area . 

The roads here offer a mix of outdoor activities, cultural attractions, and picturesque landscapes.

Great River Road (Mississippi River)

The Great River Road along the Mississippi River is a scenic byway that passes through ten states and offers a rich tapestry of American history and culture. 

Great River Road US road trip

From the headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll encounter charming river towns, historic sites, and stunning river vistas. Highlights include the vibrant music scene in Memphis, the historic homes in Louisiana, and the scenic bluffs in Iowa. 

The Mississippi River is part of the fabric of America, and that’s why this is a part of a top road trip in the USA

The Great Lakes Circle Tour

This road trip captures the stunning shorelines of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. You’ll see bustling cities like Chicago and Toronto, as well as serene natural areas like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the Sleeping Bear Dunes . 

Great Lakes US road trip

Boating, fishing, and diverse cultural and natural attractions also dot this itinerary. This is one road trip in the USA that takes time to do it right and rewards those who do it with the experience of a lifetime. 

Related Sand dunes and dark skies: Can’t-miss stops on a road trip around Lake Michigan

Pacific Coast Highway (California)

This route is on virtually every US road trip list because it’s simply spectacular . 

Stretching from San Francisco to Los Angeles, it offers breathtaking ocean views, rugged cliffs, and charming seaside towns like Monterey and Santa Barbara. 

Bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway

A road trip itinerary on the PCH offers iconic stops such as Big Sur’s dramatic coastline, the quaint Danish village of Solvang , and the glamorous beaches of Malibu. With plenty of opportunities for whale watching, hiking, and exploring coastal state parks, this road trip is a must for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

San Juan Skyway (Colorado)

This scenic (and slightly scary) loop offers dramatic mountain passes, historic mining towns, and breathtaking vistas. 

Key stops include the skiing and summer mecca of Telluride , the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad , and the picturesque alpine village of Ouray . 

Million Dollar Highway

This US road trip also encompasses the Million Dollar Highway , a famed road not for the faint of heart. The highway cuts through the heart of majestic mountains, etching a path along sheer cliffs, towering peaks, mountain forests, and raging waterfalls. 

Related The ultimate guide to Colorado’s San Juan Skyway

The Loneliest Road (Nevada)

Venture through Nevada’s remote landscapes on the Loneliest Road in America , also known as U.S. Route 50. This historic route takes you through vast desert expanses, rugged mountains, and ghost towns that echo the state’s mining past. 

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Visit the eccentric town of Austin , the beautiful Great Basin National Park , and the intriguing dunes of Sand Mountain . This drive’s solitude and stark beauty make it an iconic choice.

Scenic Byway 12 (Utah)

Discover the otherworldly landscapes of Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 , which traverses red rock canyons, high desert, and ancient Native American sites. This 124-mile route passes through two national parks, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef , and features stunning natural wonders like the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument . 

US road trip in Utah, Scenic Byway 12

Enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and exploring the region’s unique geology and vibrant colors. This drive is ideal for adventure seekers and nature lovers looking to experience Utah’s extraordinary beauty.

Related Why you should visit Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and how to do it the right way

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway (New Mexico)

Circle the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains on this road trip in New Mexico. This 84-mile loop takes you through diverse landscapes, including alpine forests, high deserts, and picturesque valleys. 

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

Stroll through the historic town of Taos , the artist community of Arroyo Seco , and the ski resort of Red River . Explore the natural beauty of the Rio Grande Gorge and the serene waters of Eagle Nest Lake . 

The Enchanted Circle is a US road trip that blends cultural heritage, outdoor recreation, and scenic beauty.

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Route 89A (Arizona)

This American road trip meanders through the epically awesome landscapes of Northern Arizona. Along the way, you’ll see the red rocks of Sedona , roll through the Oak Creek Canyon , and cap your trip in the hip mountain town of Flagstaff . 

US road trip in Arizona

The 89A offers dramatic canyon views, vibrant rock formations, and lush forests. Be sure to take a pit stop in Sedona, known for its towering red rocks and spiritual vortexes. The drive through the Oak Creek Canyon offers several trailheads to park and take a hike.  

Highway 101 (Oregon Coast)

Discover the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast along Highway 101, a scenic drive that offers dramatic coastal views, sandy beaches, and charming seaside towns. 

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Visit the iconic Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, explore the historic lighthouses at Cape Meares , and enjoy fresh seafood in Newport . The route also features lush forests, tide pools teeming with marine life, and scenic overlooks like the one at Heceta Head Lighthouse . Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventures or relaxing by the ocean, Oregon’s stretch of Highway 101 has it going on.

Columbia River Gorge (Oregon)

A scenic drive through the Columbia River Gorge offers waterfalls, lush forests, and breathtaking views of the Columbia River. Highlights include the iconic Multnomah Falls , the historic Vista House at Crown Point , and the picturesque Hood River Valley. 

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This route is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, with numerous opportunities for hiking, windsurfing, and exploring the region’s diverse flora and fauna. The Columbia River Gorge is an iconic testament to Oregon’s natural beauty.

Related From snow to sea: The perfect Northwest Oregon road trip

Going-to-the-Sun Road (Montana)

This road trip in the USA takes you through Glacier National Park . Going-to-the-Sun Road in the heart of Montana’s prized park is an engineering marvel that spans 50 miles. This mountain road offers spectacular views of glacial valleys, towering mountains, and pristine lakes. 

Going to the Sun Road in Glacier should top any road trip USA list

Highlights include the Logan Pass, where you might spot mountain goats and bighorn sheep, and the breathtaking views of Lake McDonald. This route is a paradise for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts, with numerous opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and exploring the park’s rugged beauty.

Beartooth Highway (Montana to Wyoming)

The Beartooth Highway showcases some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the U.S. Built in The Thirties, it’s been called “the most beautiful drive in America.”

The road winds from Montana to Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park . This high-altitude route passes through dramatic switchbacks, alpine meadows, and snow-capped peaks. 

Beartooth Highway US road trip

Key stops include Beartooth Pass, which offers panoramic views, and the scenic vistas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness . This highway is built for outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and even camping.

Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia to North Carolina)

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic US road trip winding through the heart of the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia to North Carolina. 

Blue Ridge Parkway US Road Trip

Known for its stunning vistas, especially during the fall foliage season, the parkway offers numerous overlooks, hiking trails, and picnic spots. Visit the historic Mabry Mill , the Linville Falls , and the Blue Ridge Music Center to experience the region’s cultural heritage. 

Related Planning a Blue Ridge Parkway road trip

Florida Keys Scenic Highway

This USA road trip is built right into the ocean via a network of highways connecting a beloved Florida archipelago. It stretches from Miami to Key West over several islands connected by 42 bridges. 

Florida Keys Scenic Highway US Road Trip

See stunning ocean views, vibrant coral reefs, and charming seaside communities. Key highlights include the Seven Mile Bridge, the historic town of Key West, and the Bahia Honda State Park with its beautiful beaches. This tropical drive offers a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for those seeking a taste of the Caribbean in the continental U.S.

Outer Banks Scenic Byway (North Carolina)

Road trip along the Outer Banks Scenic Byway, a coastal route with lighthouses, sandy beaches, and charming seaside villages. 

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Check out historic sites like the Wright Brothers National Memorial , the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse , and the picturesque town of Ocracoke . This drive offers a mix of natural beauty, maritime history, and relaxed beach town vibes, making it perfect for those seeking the ideal coastal road trip in the U.S.

Acadia All-American Road (Maine)

Discover the rugged coastal beauty of Acadia National Park on this All-American Road in Maine. This scenic drive offers rocky shorelines and lush forests. 

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Highlights include the picturesque Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse , the scenic loop road around Mount Desert Island , and the summit of Cadillac Mountain , the highest point on the East Coast. 

This drive is ideal for nature lovers and photographers. Take pit stops along this US road trip to find spectacular hiking opportunities, snap pics, and enjoy quaint New England towns. 

Hana Highway (Hawaii)

Moving on to non-continental US road trips, the winding Hana Highway on Maui offers a journey through lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and dramatic coastal cliffs. 

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Stunning views can be had at every turn on the Hana Highway as you trek over 600 curves and 50 bridges in just 64 miles of road-tripping. Highlights include the serene Hana town, the beautiful Waianapanapa State Park , and the majestic Oheo Gulch with its series of cascading pools. 

Alaska’s Seward Highway Road Trip

Alaska’s Seward Highway stretches from Anchorage to Seward and offers some of the most stunning landscapes in the Last Frontier. 

This US road trip takes you through the dramatic Turnagain Arm , with its breathtaking views of glaciers, mountains, and the rugged coastline. 

Alaska road trip on Seward Highway

Fun pit stops include the picturesque town of Girdwood, the stunning Kenai Peninsula , and the majestic Exit Glacier Area . A Seward Highway road trip offers opportunities for wildlife spotting, hiking, and experiencing the rich cultural heritage of Alaska’s indigenous peoples. 

This road trip through the 49th state is a must on a road trip USA bucket list. 

Road trips in the USA pack in a plethora of sights. Few other countries feature car-bound adventures where you can see so much from your windshield. Check off this bucket list of road trips before you kick the bucket to soak in the special mojo that is the US of A. 

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