If you’re a traveler looking for an adventure of a lifetime, overland journeys offering spectacular sights and exciting experiences take a special place among various travel opportunities. Visiting magnificent countries and far-flung destinations, these incredible overland routes offer unique experiences for anyone who has a sense of exploration and a spirit of adventure in them. 

Here’s a list of the most incredible overland routes from around the world where you can explore natural wonders and stunning scenery while trekking long roads.

Trans-Mongolian Railway 

The Trans-Mongolian Railway is a classic journey of the middle of Asia traveling through picturesque Mongolia, which is often referred to as the Land of the Blue Sky. Spanning across the northern section of China between Moscow and Beijing, it is one of the world’s most famous railroad lines totaling 5,072 miles. The trip goes through Mongolia’s stunning landscapes, with its small settlements, rolling hills and rolling hills of extended prairies and large green steppes. Tourists can spend time at small local markets, taste traditional food and ride a horse, discovering some of the country’s wildlife and culture.

Pan-American Highway 

The Pan-American Highway is the world’s longest continuous motorable road spanning up to 30,000 miles from the Alaska-Canada border to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego. Consisting of a network of roads and several ferry connections, the expedition will pass through the USA, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Bolivia – other 15 countries of Latin and North American continents. There’s a variety of things for travellers to enjoy, from the Mexican pyramids, to rainforests of Costa Rica, to the mystical Lake District in Chile and Argentina’s breathtaking vineyards.

Trans-Canada Highway 

The Trans-Canada Highway is the world’s the second longest national highway spanning up to 8,030 miles winding through 10 provinces and 3 territories of Canada, from Victoria to St. John’s. During the journey, travellers can explore the cityscapes of Toronto and Montreal, and enjoy stunning views of the stunning Rocky Mountains and turquoise lakes of the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. There’s plenty of adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences: witness the northern lights, take a boat trip to icebergs, head out to sea kayaking or explore the icy glaciers and unknown waterways flowing through the Canadian Rockies.

Great Australian Road Trip 

The Great Australian Road Trip is a captivating and exciting 2,000 mile journey through the diverse land of Australia, connecting coast to coast, from Sydney to Perth. The cross-country experience starts in Sydney with its iconic opera house and Harbour Bridge and continues through Australia’s hidden gems, like the Uluru or the Blue Mountains. On the way, you can spend time discovering the neighboring reefs and rainforests, hearing engaging local stories and enjoying some of the country’s unique wildlife.

Highway 6, Iceland 

Iceland’s Highway 6 is an 1,450 miles super-scenic route over the vast, wild and dramatic island country. Starting from Akranes and ending in Egilsstaðir, the ring road crosses the perimeter of Iceland, connecting some of its most astonishing attractions. Travelers can explore most of the country in this epic journey, discovering the incredible landscape in which you can witness twinkling glaciers, raging waterfalls, bubbling geothermal pools, grazing reindeers and colonies of puffins.

Southern African Safari Adventure 

The Southern African Safari Adventure is an exciting and comprehensive 2,000 mile journey through its majestic southern countries: Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Of the many spectacular routes, the most popular is the journey through the Kalahari Desert – a semi-arid desert covering the entire Botswana and parts of South Africa. The experience provides the travellers with remarkable cultural encounters, with a visit to the Okavango Delta and other wetlands, which are home to a wide range of local wildlife and stunning faunas.

Silk Road, Asia 

The Silk Road connecting China and the Middle East is a legendary road shrouded in stories and wonder. Spanning from Xian to Istanbul, the road is largely still intact as a network of trade routes stretching 4,000 miles. The route traverses through a variety of remarkable local cultures, including mountain tribes and remote desert villages, golden sands of Central Asian deserts, with miles of stunning mountain plains. As one of the few roads in the world that’s still suitable for travelling overland, the Silk Road will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, taking you through some of the world’s most exotic settings.

Highway One, Australia 

Highway One is Australia’s longest national highway, a notorious drive of 9,000 miles, extending from its capital, Canberra, to the bustling city of Darwin. This incredible road trip will take you through Australia’s longest coast line, plus some of its amazing countryside including the deserts of the Nullarbor Plain and the thousands of kilometers of vineyards, beaches, mountains and rainforests. Enjoy Australian seafood and regional wineries and experience an array of other activities, from scuba diving to whale watching and the breathtaking views from the Great Ocean Road.

Trans-Siberian Railroad, Russia 

The Trans-Siberian Railroad is a legendary route beginning in Moscow and going through eight different time zones all the way to the coast of the Sea of Japan. This 7,400-mile long route crosses the vast expanse of Eastern Russia, with several breathtaking pauses along the way, including the gateway cities of Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, and the breathtaking Lake Baikal – the oldest and deepest lake in the world. This extraordinary route will take you through a mix of wheat-studded prairies, remote settlements, and wild and remote terrain.

Exploring the world away from the beaten track can be an extremely rewarding experience. A simple destination may be merely a stop in a greater journey to some of the most exciting places on the planet. While travel laws and visa requirements are becoming increasingly stricter, there are still plenty of incredible overland routes to explore. With the routes mentioned above, you can choose your favorite one, from the rolling landscapes of Mongolia to the stunning scenery of Iceland, and enjoy an adventure of a lifetime.