Remember Thelma and Louise? You must remember Thelma and Louise. Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis saying no to bad relationships, yes to Brad Pitt (in Geena Davis’s case) and setting off in search of a whole new life.
If you’re feeling similarly disposed and considering some singles holidays of your own (male or female of course) then follow in their tyre marks, grab your best friend and set off on your very own road trip. No need to think about where, we’ve found some great ones for you.
Tioga Pass, California
OK, California may be an obvious first choice but this spectacular journey will take you out of Yosemite National Park heading over the Sierra Nevada on Route 120. At 9,941 feet it will take you past dazzling white rock faces and Tenaya Lake to the Tuolumne Meadows. Be prepared for an ear-popping descent to Mono Lake (about a 3,500 feet descent) and after that turn right into Death Valley. It’s quite a long way right to be honest, about 200 miles or so. There’s also a very famous Whoa Nelli Deli at the local gas station so why not stay a while and replenish your energy levels before setting off on the next stage of your journey? Just one word of warning, it’s closed in winter due to the heavy snowfalls.
Furka Pass, Switzerland
Gaining immortality after it featured in the James Bond film, Goldfinger, the Furka Pass lures you into a false sense of security as you set out along the Furkastrasse from Andermatt. After five miles, be prepared for the ride of your life! From there this road trip takes you on the vertical via nine breakneck hairpin bends. As you emerge from this reverse rollercoaster ride you’ll be at 7,800 feet hemmed in on one side by the Rhone Glacier and on the other by a raging river that leads to the Rhine. Five miles later and another indescribable bend you finally get to start your descent. This time it’s around a dozen hairpins taking you to the village of Gletsch. Once you’ve recovered, you can do it all again.
High Atlas Loop, Morocco
This dizzying drive can be taken over seven days preferably in early spring before Morocco’s temperatures start to soar. Starting with a lengthy ascent into the High Atlas you’ll soon find the now familiar hairpin bends, just three of them this time as you head south over Tizi-n-Test at around 6,800 feet towards Taroudant. From there head east for a visit to Todra Gorge before turning towards Marrakesh via the 7,400 ft Tizi-n-Tichka, the highest road loop in Morocco.
Alsace Wine Route, France
Any sign of Brad Pitt yet? Don’t worry, we’ll keep looking. For a more sedate drive this leisurely route takes you through around 100 miles of the Alsace wine region via lush forests and traditional French villages seemingly frozen in time. As you encounter ancient castles be sure to call in at their courtyards to sample some of the best wines France has to offer.
The Road to Nowhere, Tasmania
For those of you who have seen Thelma and Louise we’d probably recommend an alternative ending to any activity holiday you’re planning. Known as the Western Explorer, this route really is the road to nowhere. Be prepared, ahead of you lies 60 miles of untreated roads, no petrol stations and – shock, horror – no mobile phone reception! You really are on your own. It doesn’t start out like that as you leave the popular Strahan and head towards the mining town of Corinna. As you reach the Pieman River, however, you’ll encounter the Fatman and that’s where the adventure begins. No, the Fatman isn’t a relative of the Fat Controller, it’s the ferry that takes you to the start of your adventure: the Road to Nowhere. Passing through deserted plains and towering mountains you’ll eventually reach the so-called Edge of the World where you can finally relax, sort of!
Thelma and Louise eat your heart out.
Kate Smedley is currently taking singles holidays in a Thelma and Louise style. Bring on Brad Pitt!