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The best road trip destinations for 2021


More of us than ever before are planning to travel this year, with staycations top of the agenda as we're all excited to get out and explore! As we exit the third national lockdown, we're are dreaming of our next holiday and are determined to make the most of 2021 when restrictions are lifted! 
We asked our members, and it's clear you're all keen to make the most of your time in 2021. A whopping eight out of ten people want to turn 2021 into the ‘Year Of Saying Yes’ by being more spontaneous! Whether you're planning your summer staycay, or you're excited about spontaneous trips, we've found the best road trip destinations for 2021.



Lake District


Lake District

It’s no surprise that the Lake District tops the UK travel wish list with its serene lakes, timeless villages and quirky museums, the Lake District is the ultimate British staycation spot. 
Popular activities include a trip to Beatrix Potter’s house, the Cumberland Pencil Museum and boat tour of the iconic Windermere Lake. There are also plenty of walking trails to 
discover the magnificent lakes on foot - be sure to treat yourself to a spa evening after a day exploring!  




Gorgeous harbour villages, miles of rugged coastline and home to the Cornish pasty, Cornwall really does have it all! So many of us are hoping to head for the coast this year and Cornwall is a top choice for seaside retreats.
Spend the day meandering down the gorgeous cobbled streets of St Ives, trying the infamous Cornish cream tea or riding the waves at the nation’s top surf beach, Fistral Beach. 

Yorkshire Dales


Yorkshire Dales

So many of us are planning a trip to the countryside this year, and the Yorkshire Dales is the perfect place for that rural retreat. Many visitors enjoy gazing out over Ruskin’s view, the site of a famous Turner painting, enjoying wonderful views of the River Lune below.

For a scenic road trip, make your way to Wensleydale via the B6255. Along this dramatic road you’ll drive right through two of the Yorkshire Three Peaks: Whernside to the left and Ingleborough to the right. For a true adventure, challenge yourself to the climbing on the Three Peaks themselves.  

Scottish Highlands


Scottish Highlands

With cars being the preferred method of transport for 2021 holidaying, the Scottish Highlands is the perfect destination for the ultimate road trip. Navigating the highlands by car couldn’t be more spectacular, as Scotland boosts some of the most dramatic road trip scenery in the UK. 
The North Coast 500 route brings together 500 miles of beautiful coastal scenery. The route follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands, taking you through historic castles, stunning beaches and years of heritage. 




Lots of us are going to go for more weekends away this year and a road trip to the Cotswolds is the perfect relaxing getaway. With its rolling hills, idyllic country pubs and honey-stone cottages, it’s impossible not to be captivated by the Cotswolds charm. 
Get up early to explore Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, then head to the old mill town of Bibury, famous for starring in movies such as Stardust and Bridget Jones’ Diary! Make sure to end the day with a trip to Broadway Tower for the best sunset views in the Cotswolds. 

In need of a car?

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In need of a car?

Zipcar Roundtrip is the perfect car hire option for weekend breaks. Pick up your car from a dedicated bay, enjoy your road trip, then return it to the same bay when you’re done. Easy!

What's included?

Each drive has everything you need included in the cost to help you make the most of your trip – and to keep things simple.    

60 miles included each day, after that it's from 25p/mile
Insurance - third party motor liability - covered in every drive
Breakdown assistance roadside 24/7/365, at no extra cost
Fuel! If you need to top up there's a fuel card on the dashboard

Why Zipcar?

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Save money

We pay for fuel, parking, Congestion Charge and insurance – so you get access to a car without all the hassle of owning one!

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Rent a car locally

Zipcars live just around the corner. We've got the largest car sharing fleet in the UK (not that we're boasting) and you'll find us in cities across the UK. 

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Drive on-demand

Whatever you need wheels for, we’ve got them. Rent cars and vans by the minute, hour or day when and where you need them.

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Live greener

We’re the perfect addition to buses, trains and bikes for those times when you just need a car. We've also got hundreds of electric cars in our fleet.