Jump in your off-road vehicle and head out for a rough ride as you embark on an off-road adventure of a lifetime. There are some amazing off-road destinations around the world, where you can get back to basics, appreciate nature, view stunning landscapes and have a whale of a time whether you’re on two or four wheels! Here are some of the best off-roading locations in the world:
#1 Calico, California
An historic ghost town and a great off-road adventure await you here at this former silver mine that hasn’t seen high times since the 1880s. It was once the stuff of Westerns, with busy saloons and fortune seekers and has since been recreated. For those interested in off-road activities, just outside the town you’ll discover wide open desert, canyons and hills, abandoned shafts and plenty of gritty landscape for your 4x4 to do what it was made for.
#2 Transylvania, Romania
More infamous for being home to Dracula than anything vehicle-related, don’t underestimate the awesomeness of the terrain here. With mile upon mile of untouched roads, circled by the Bucegi mountain range, there are some crazy routes in this European country. The Transfagarasan Road is iconic in the world of off-roading enthusiast’s due to its 90-km length, hairpin turns and frighteningly steep drops. The scenery is jaw-dropping and you’ll see Dracula’s Castle in the flesh!
#3 Black Bear Pass, Colorado
This is one for the experienced off-roader as it’s a pretty dangerous pass. An old miner trail, the pass climbs to the dizzy heights of 12,800 feet, only 8 feet wide and with a 1000 foot drop on one side, it’s not for the faint of heart! Tight turns and lots of loose shale make this a pass that’s difficult to master and caution must be taken for anyone who takes it on. If you’re brave or insane then Black Bear Pass is one of the most challenging off-road experiences in America.
#4 Marseilles, Illinois
If you like your 4x4 fun to be muddy then this is the place to be. The Cliffs Insane Terrain Off-Road Park includes deep woods, wide open fields, watery creeks and a dastardly mud hole to keep you on your toes! Beware of innocent looking muddy puddles that turn out to be much more than you’d bargained for. This location is heaps of fun and a great location for pitting your wits against nature’s tough terrains.
#5 Moreton Island, Australia
Queensland, Australia offers a unique take on off-roading by taking it to the beach. Here you’ll uncover the second largest sand island on earth and the area is both secluded and quiet too. You’ll get plenty of opportunity to let rip on the 35 km of road, hills, creeks and of course, the sandy beaches. The area is a national park and you’ll need a Vehicle Access Pass but these are easily available online. A fee is payable but the experience is well worth it, plus you’ll see some fascinating marine life too.
#6 Punta Gorda, Florida
Another muddy extravaganza, the Redneck Yacht Club welcomes all off-roading enthusiasts with an 800-acre park. You’ll discover mud holes, mud tracks and well, lots of mud. There are also camping facilities and food vendors so it’s ideal for an adrenaline-fuelled day out. There are no less than 3 mud holes to choose from depending on your vehicle and experience – quite aptly named the Gator Slough and Hog Waller! There are plenty of watery spots to be wary of too and will catch you out if you’re not paying attention. Billed as the most exciting off-road park in the world, a visit here is a must for all off-roading enthusiasts and their families.
#7 Morocco, N. Africa
It’s not just sandboarding that hot’s right now in this desert country. Morocco has some fantastic terrain that lends itself perfectly to off-roading activities. Here is where you’ll find the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara Desert and various landscapes of marshes, valleys, sand dunes and rocky flats. Driving in the sand requires a unique set of skills and can be challenging. It’s always best to follow in tracks of previous vehicles where the sand is compacted. Morocco also offers beautiful weather, scenic mountain views and rustic villages where you’ll be made to feel welcome, especially in the south where you’ll find the Sahara.