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As Americans Return to Road Trips, the Lake District is Named UK’s Top Driving Destination

The pandemic has heralded a return to the popularity of the road trip in America, but the UK has its own epic stretches of road, and a new survey has rated Britain’s top drives

Published on September 23, 2020

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The pandemic may have heavily disrupted international travel, but surveys have shown that Americans are still getting out on the open road for vacation time. Insights also suggest that the UK is getting on the road for 'staycations' too. If you're itching to get behind the wheel, a survey conducted by fuel firm Jet has listed the UK's top 10 favorite drives, with the Lake District sitting at number one.

In America, insights across the country have highlighted a resurgence in the popularity of the great American road trip. According to a survey by ValuePenguin.com, of Americans who traveled during the summer, 71% opted for a road trip rather than flying. In the UK, motoring group RAC forecasted that the British August 2020 Bank Holiday would see 18m leisure trips taken by car, an increase of 1.8m from 2019 data.

Whilst the pandemic has disrupted most international vacation plans, for those looking for alternative opportunities, Jet's survey highlights what the UK can offer to rival America's great driving routes.

The Jet survey asked 2000 drivers to rank their favorite UK routes. The Lake District topped the table, with 21% of respondents saying the Cumbrian national park is their favorite. More than half of respondents (52%) had the Lake District in their top three drives.

In second was the drive from Devon to Cornwall, whilst third place was filled by the Peak District.

Áine Corkery, Manager for Brand UK Marketing at Phillips 66 Limited, said that "With restrictions on travel over the last few months, more and more of us have taken the opportunity to explore the UK - discovering and driving some of the UK’s most beautiful roads ... as a business that exists to get the drivers who visit our forecourts back on the road quickly and safely - we were intrigued to find out the nations favourite driving experiences".

Rounding out the top ten were the North Coast 500 in Scotland, the road to Whitby through the North Yorkshire Moors, the road from Snowdonia to Anglesey, the Scottish Borders (between Northumberland and Edinburgh), Stonehenge, the Norfolk Coast, and the roads of the Cotswolds.

If you know of another UK Road Trip that Americans would love, let us know! Contact us at editor@theamerican.co.uk

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