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The Perfect 2-Week Manitoba Road Trip Itinerary [2024]

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  • Last Updated: February 8, 2024

A 2-week Manitoba road trip itinerary that covers highlights in the southern half of the province. If you love nature, wildlife, culture and cuisine, don’t miss a drive around Manitoba!

On our very first foray into international travel, at the ripe old ages at 20 and 23, we landed in Canada, bought an old campervan and hit the road in search of adventure and wide open landscapes.

Over the course of three years we managed to put almost 50,000km on the odometer as we zig-zagged across the country, from BC to Newfoundland and back, and it’s safe to say that with vast wilderness, diverse wildlife, friendly locals, and endless scenic drives, this spectacular nation cemented our love of road trips.

During our travels we have managed to visit Manitoba three times, and the prairie province truly became one of our unexpected favourites.

Manitoba is massive, and you could easily spend a month at least exploring the entire province, especially if you add on a journey to the far north to see Churchill, the Polar Bear Capital of the World.

But for most travellers who aren’t planning a trip to the Arctic tundra, 2 weeks is a perfect amount of time to see the national parks and charming towns of southern Manitoba by car.

In this new Canada travel guide we outline our suggested itinerary for a 2-week Manitoba road trip, perfect for those driving across the country, or using the vibrant capital of Winnipeg as a base.

READ MORE: Don’t miss our epic guide to the best things to do in Manitoba to discover what else there is to do here!

Of course, you can modify the itinerary however you like, but we’ll recommend all the best national parks, hiking trails, and other attractions within driving distance from Winnipeg.

Whether you follow this itinerary exactly or just take away pieces of it, hopefully this article will help you plan your future Manitoba road trips!

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Where to Stay in Winnipeg

Where to stay in portage la prairie, where to stay in spruce woods provincial park, where to stay in riding mountain national park, day 6 – riding mountain national park, day 7 – return to winnipeg, where to stay in hecla-grindstone provincial park, where to stay near grand beach, where to stay in pinawa, where to stay in whiteshell provincial park, day 5-6 – falcon lake, day 7 – head back to winnipeg, our epic 2-week manitoba road trip itinerary.

The first week of this Manitoba road trip will cover a western loop from Winnipeg. The second week will cover an eastern loop.

So even if you’re just looking for 1 week Manitoba road trips, you can choose to do just half of this itinerary.

Either way, you’re sure to have an epic adventure while you explore the province by car.

The best way to get around is to rent a car and explore on your own! We recommend Rental Cars , which has the largest range of vehicles for the best value on the market.

Hiking On Bridge Manitoba Road Trip

Week 1 – Western Loop of Southern Manitoba from Winnipeg

Your first half of the Manitoba road trip will begin and end in Winnipeg. You’ll venture west from the city in a loop, passing towns full of history and national parks full of wildlife.

Manitoba has lots of well-equipped official campgrounds for those looking to camp, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sleep beneath the stars, or stay in a cozy local inn if that’s more your style.

Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a fun-filled first week on your Manitoba road trip.

Day 1 and 2 – Fly into Winnipeg, Rent a Car, and Explore

With so many incredible things to do in Winnipeg , it’s a fantastic place to begin your adventure.

Fly into Winnipeg and spend your first two days relaxing, exploring, and prepping for your road trip.

You can organise your car rental , stock up on supplies, and make sure all your accommodations are booked for the rest of the journey.

If you’re travelling outside of winter (which is what we recommend), make sure you book things in advance because summer is the peak tourist season in Manitoba.

Also consider things like entry passes to national parks and weather patterns. Once you’ve gotten all your logistics sorted, you can enjoy Winnipeg!

Your first stop should be The Forks , which is the hub for culture and entertainment in the city. After you wander through the Forks Market, relax in the public parks, or visit the famous museums.

Forks Market Winnipeg

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a highly interesting space to learn about the evolution of human rights in Canada and abroad.

It is set in a modern glass building and has numerous exhibits, stories, art installations, and more. This Canadian museum is one not to miss! The Manitoba Children’s Museum is perfect if you’re travelling with small children too.

You can also check out the Assiniboine Park Zoo or stroll along the River Walk at The Forks while hanging out in Winnipeg. Or visit the Exchange District, which is a national historic site thanks to its beautiful architecture, and known for independent restaurants, boutiques and galleries housed in a few blocks of historically preserved buildings.

After spending 2 days in Winnipeg, get a good night’s sleep because tomorrow you’re setting out on your Manitoba road trip!

Canadian Museum Of Human Rights Interior

Winnipeg has lots of nice hotels and Airbnbs, though they’re a bit on the expensive side.

Expect to spend at least CAD$100 per night, but the quality is there which makes it worth the cost.

There are a few hostels in Winnipeg, but consider treating yourself to nice accommodation here, especially if you’ll be camping throughout the rest of your trip.

Humphry Inn and Suites is a good budget option, with a room costing around $140 a night.

If you want to treat yourself, stay at the Inn at the Forks . It’s right in the heart of the city and is quite luxurious.

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Day 3 – Drive to Portage la Prairie

Today you can start heading west towards Portage la Prairie. This quaint town is only about an hour away from Winnipeg, so there isn’t much driving to do.

Once you arrive, spend the day enjoying this peaceful town in Manitoba.

There are two main highlights of Portage la Prairie. The first is Island Park , a gorgeous outdoor recreation area.

Here you’ll find walking paths, a golf course, parks and playgrounds for kids, as well as picnic and BBQ areas.

Also check out the Fort La Reine Museum , which showcases countless historic artefacts and buildings. If you’re interested in the history of Canada, this museum is a must-see.

The Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Portage la Prairie is a comfortable, easy place to spend the night, ideal for couples on Manitoba road trips.

For La Reine Museum

Day 4 – Spruce Woods Provincial Park

The next stop on your Manitoba road trip is Spruce Woods Provincial Park . It is only an hour away from Portage la Prairie, so if you leave early you’ll have the entire day for an outdoor adventure.

You could easily spend a few days in the Spruce Woods Provincial Park as there are so many activities to do here.

This national park is known for its abundance of hiking trails. Some of the best include:

  • Spirit Sands and Devil’s Punch Bowl Hiking Trail
  • Marsh Lake Trail
  • Isputinaw Trail
  • Spring Ridge Trail
  • Hogsback Trail

All of these hikes are pretty short and can be done in one day.

The longest hike is the Spirit Sands and Devil’s Punch Bowl Hiking Trail, which takes around 3-4 hours.

This is also the most famous hike in the park, due to its unique landscape. Here you’ll find wide expanses of sand dunes, spiky cacti, and the small turquoise lake known as Devil’s Punch Bowl.

If you only have time for one hike, this is the one we recommend doing. The other trails mentioned are only around 1 hour each, so you could combine a few of them into one big day.

The area also has amazing biking trails and campgrounds. Stargazing and bird-watching are top-notch here as well.

The Assiniboine River cuts through the park and this idea is ideal for canoeing. Canoe rentals are available at the store near the campground.

READ MORE: Looking for more adventures in the Great White North? Check out our detailed guide to the top things to do in Canada !

There are two really good accommodation options for Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Kiche Manitou Campground  is the best campsite in the park. It’s not far from the Spirit Sands, so it’s a convenient spot to camp after the hike.

If you’re not camping, head to the nearby town of Glenboro for the night. The Spruce Woods Inn is a modest option, with an on-site restaurant and bar as well.  

Spirit Sands Hiking Trail

Day 5 – Brandon to Riding Mountain National Park

Day 5 of your road trip will take you to the city of Brandon on your way to Riding Mountain National Park.

Located along the Assiniboine Rivers, Brandon is less than an hour from Spruce Woods Provincial Park and it’s a good place to stop for a break.

You can refuel, stock up on snacks, and grab some breakfast or lunch. While you’re in Brandon, you can also visit one of the interesting museums and art galleries.

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum showcases the history of the airmen who served in WWII. There are real aircrafts on display as well as other artefacts.

If you’re more interested in art than history, visit the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba . This contemporary art museum was one of the first visual art museums in Canada.

After you explore the history and art of Brandon, drive north for an hour towards Riding Mountain National Park.

Wasagaming is a small town on Clear Lake, and it’s the most convenient place to base yourself for exploring Riding Mountain National Park.

Honeycomb Bed and Breakfast is a cozy, rustic, moderately-priced place to stay outside of the Park and Wasagaming, in the town of Onanole.

We personally loved staying in the oTentiks in Wasagaming, run by Parks Canada. These warm and spacious A-frames are comfortable at any time of year and come complete with dorm beds, wood-fire heaters and cooking equipment.

Check out this site for more ideas on where to stay.

Otentiks Wasagaming Manitoba Parks Canada

Like Spruce Woods Provincial Park, there is so much to do here in Riding Mountain National Park .

It’s one of the best places to explore on Manitoba road trips, and you could easily spend a few days enjoying the area.

The abundant wildlife and dense boreal forest make this a paradise for animal and adventure enthusiasts. If you’re lucky you may even spot an elusive black bear here!

Spend all of day 6 of your road trip canoeing or kayaking on Clear Lake, hiking the Buris and Bittersweet Trail, and exploring the Ominik Marsh.

Alternatively, the Bald Hill Trail or Gorge Creek Trail are two of the most epic hikes in the park for the views along the Manitoba Escarpment, which is a large elevated ridge that cuts through the park.

In the winter, the park is amazing for cross country skiing or snowshoeing.

Another one of the top activities in Riding Mountain National Park is visiting the Lake Audy Bison Enclosure .

This is potentially the only place you’ll get to see plains bison roaming around in Manitoba on your road trip.

Bison In Lake Audy Bison

Bison have been hunted almost to extinction, so this vast, protected space ensures that a captive herd of plains bison is able to thrive.

Drive through the enclosure in the hopes of seeing these magnificent animals up close.

READ MORE: Along with seeing the plains bison, see what else made our list of the top wildlife experiences in Canada !

You can stay at your accommodation in Wasagaming for another night, but before going to bed, drive out to the eastern end of Clear Lake for a popular sunset spot called the Wishing Well.

Colourful, lakeside sunsets are essential to the best Manitoba road trips!

Sunset Wishing Well Riding Mountain National Park

After your week-long road trip through the western side of Manitoba, drive 3 hours from Riding Mountain National Park back to Winnipeg.

Take some time to do the activities you may have missed at the start of your trip. Go see the polar bears at the Journey to Churchill exhibit in Assiniboine Park Zoo, walk along the shores of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers or further explore the Forks if you haven’t already done so.

For a real treat head to the  Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature . This relaxing spa has warm thermal baths, massages, and other luxurious treatments.

It’s easily one of the best things to do in Winnipeg, especially after a week of hiking and camping.

Also in Winnipeg, definitely make time for the award-winning Canadian Museum for Human Rights if you missed it before.

You can also visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery or the famous Royal Canadian Mint coin making facility.

Another fantastic option is Qaumajuq, the new Inuit Art Centre that houses the largest collection of contemporary Inuit Art in the world. It’s attached on all levels to the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Before or after your Manitoba road trips is a great time to explore Winnipeg, as it’s the heart of culture and entertainment in the province.

Thermea By Nordik Spa-Nature Winnipeg

Week 2 – Eastern Loop of Southern Manitoba from Winnipeg

Week 2 of this southern Manitoba road trip will cover the eastern side.

You’ll start with a journey up to Lake Winnipeg, then continue further east to explore the lakes and provincial parks.

Be sure to spend at least a few days in Whiteshell Provincial Park, as it’s one of the top places to visit in Manitoba.

Day 1 – Drive to Hecla Provincial Park

Start by driving about 2 hours north of Winnipeg to Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park . Set on Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba’s largest lake, this gorgeous park consists of islands, beaches, hiking trails, and cross country skiing trails.

You can walk along the rocky shores of the lake, hike to the Hecla Lighthouse, and observe the abundant wildlife and birds.

Grassy Narrows Marsh is the park’s top hiking trail. It will lead you through the marsh of the park.

The Black Wolf Trail and the Gull Harbor Trail are other popular hiking or cycling trails to consider.

After hiking, visit Hecla Village and the Heritage Home Museum to learn about the history of Icelandic settlers in the area.

Another great activity on your road trip is to head to the Wildlife Viewing Tower for bird-watching and nature photography.

You’re almost certain to see geese, pelicans, ducks, and other water birds. But be on the lookout for moose, as they are also common in the area.

Manitoba Parks has numerous holiday cabins and a nice campground available for overnight guests.

You can stay right on the shores of the largest lake in Manitoba and enjoy a peaceful night surrounded by nature during your road trip.

Check out the official Manitoba Parks website to view information on the Hecla Vacation Cabins and Gull Harbour Campground .

Visitors can also stay in guest rooms at Hecla Lakeview Resort (higher-end) or Gull Harbour Marina & Lighthouse Inn .

Hecla Provincial Park

Day 2 – Grand Beach

For the next adventure on your 2-week Manitoba road trip, head to Grand Beach on the east shore of Lake Winnipeg. The drive takes just over 2 hours, as you have to journey around the lake.

When you arrive, spend your day enjoying one of Canada’s hidden gems. Most beach-loving tourists in Canada flock to the west coast, but Grand Beach is truly stunning.

Grand Beach is the longest white sand lake beach in Canada, so it’s extremely popular in summer.

Spend a day swimming in the freshwater and relaxing on the velvety sand. You can also take windsurfing or kite surfing lessons if you’re looking for a full-day adventure.

If you head about 15 minutes north of Grand Beach, you’ll discover the cutest bed and breakfast known as Pebble Springs Belair B&B . The cozy, family-owned beach cottage has a wood stove, hot tub, and top-rated local hosts.

Alternatively, you can camp at Grand Beach Campground on your road trip.

Grand Beach Manitoba

Day 3 – Drive to Pinawa 

The next stop on your southern Manitoba road trip is Pinawa, one of the best outdoor adventure spots in the province.

It’s only a 1-hour drive from Grand Beach to Pinawa, so you have the entire day to explore the area.

Start by completing the Pinawa Channel Heritage Walk, where you’ll cross the impressive Pinawa Suspension Bridge.

Next, try whitewater kayaking! Many wouldn’t expect rapids in Manitoba since it’s a prairie province. But Pinawa Dam Provincial Park is perfect for kayakers of all experience levels.

Prairie Whitewater is an amazing local company in Manitoba that provides equipment and in-depth instructions for any travellers looking to try whitewater kayaking.

The most popular and accessible ways to get out on the water in Pinawa is by tubing, kayaking or SUPing the Pinawa Channel. You book times and equipment from tour companies like Pinawa Float and Paddle and Pinawa UnPlugged Eco Tours .

So any water-sport lovers doing road trips through central Canada should definitely stop in Pinawa.

This charming wilderness town in Manitoba has some lovely local accommodation for your road trip, including L’Eau Calme Resort, The Pinawa Motel, and Voyageur Houseboats .

Visit the official Pinawa website for more details and travel tips.

Pinawa Suspension Bridge

Day 4 – West Hawk Lake

After an exciting stay in Pinawa, head to West Hawk Lake, located in one of the most beautiful provincial parks in Canada, Whiteshell.

All Manitoba road trips should include a visit to Whiteshell Provincial Park. This is the largest park in Manitoba, so it is jam-packed with natural beauty including lakes, forests, rivers, wildlife, and hiking trails.

The trip from Pinawa to West Hawk Lake in the park only takes an hour, so you’ll have plenty of time for activities.

Once you arrive in West Hawk Lake, enjoy the area by hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, or canoeing.

One of the hidden gems in the area is the Caddy Lake Tunnels. Here you can canoe or kayak along the peaceful lake and pass through magical, mad-made tunnels.

A fun fact about West Hawk Lake: it was formed due to a meteor crashing into earth millions of years ago. So the water is surrounded by dramatic granite cliffs formed by the crash.

West Hawk Lake

Days 4-6 of this Manitoba Road Trip are spent near West Hawk Lake and Falcon Lake.

The two lakes are only a 15-minute drive apart, so you can pick one nice accommodation and stay there for a couple of nights on your road trip.

Falcon Trails Resort owns a number of stunning, lakeside log cabins in the forest that will fill the last days of your Manitoba trip with absolute zen.

This is our top recommendation for accommodation not just in Whiteshell, but all of southern Manitoba. Book early though!

The area also has lots of amazing campgrounds, including West Hawk Lake Campground and Falcon Lake Lakeshore Campground .

Log Cabin Mahinga Falcon Trails Resort

Spend the next two days of your road trip enjoying another one of the most beautiful lakes in Manitoba.

Falcon Lake is surrounded by fun hiking and cycling trails and a rich boreal forest that is full of life.

A fun way to experience the area is by booking a horse riding tour.

Falcon Beach Ranch , which also has lovely cabins, offers highly-rated horseback riding tours through the forest, making for a very exciting and adventurous way to discover the beauty of the area.

The Ranch has tours for all experience levels, so even if you’ve never ridden a horse before, they will make sure you feel comfortable.

Other fun activities in this gorgeous area of Manitoba include hiking to Rainbow Falls, biking along the boardwalk, and hiking the Falcon Creek Trail.

If you’re visiting Manitoba in the winter, you can also go ice-skating, snow-tubing, snow-shoeing, or cross-country skiing in Falcon Lake.

Jamaica Island Falcon Lakes

Now it’s time to finish the road trip, head back to Manitoba’s capital city, where you can return your rental car and get ready for your next adventure.

Whether you’re planning on flying to northern Manitoba, elsewhere in Canada, or elsewhere in the world, you’re sure to carry these unforgettable road trip memories with you.

Manitoba road trips are perfect for travellers looking to disconnect from the hustle of daily life and get in touch with nature.

The forests, lakes, and wildlife of Manitoba are some of the best in Canada, so hopefully you made the most of your road trip here!

DISCLAIMER:  This article was created in partnership with our friends at Destination Canada and Travel Manitoba. All words, opinions and days of epic fun driving across the province are, as always, our own.

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Manitoba Road Trips: Under the Prairie Sun

Posted March 18, 2024

From pretty valley views and cool prehistoric finds to modern eateries and contemporary gardens, this road trip through the Pembina Valley and gateway communities showcases all sorts of sun and fun waiting to be explored.

This summer, we're featuring an amazing collection of road trips that will help you explore every corner of Manitoba. The Under the Prairie Sun road trip takes you through the colourful rolling prairies near the US border southwest of Winnipeg, located on Treaty 1 territory. Take one part of the itinerary for a day trip, or combine them for a multi-day trip.

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Welcome to Pembina Valley Provincial Park

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Creek bottom footbridge

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Views at Pembina Valley Provincial Park

Pembina Valley Views

Start with a morning hike at Pembina Valley Provincial Park , a tiny 440-acre park tucked near the US border, approximately 50 km south of the cities of Morden and Winkler. This park protects the Pembina/Tiger Hills region of Manitoba and offers seven hiking trails , all of varying lengths and difficulty, through deciduous forest, grasslands and glacial river spillways. The 6.5 km Pembina Rim trail is a picturesque option that circumnavigates the park, offering multiple vistas of the Pembina River and a lookout tower. Hiking in the park is growing in popularity, but if you time your visit right, you can still feel like you have the trail to yourself.

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Flying over Pembina Valley

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Beautiful view of Pembina Valley

Ziplining with Hy Wire

Add a jolt of adrenaline to the day with an action-packed adventure to Hy Wire Zipline Adventures located 30 km west of Pembina Valley Provincial Park. Hywire offers five or eight-line tours that have guests soaring 200 ft above the Pembina Valley for distances as far as 1500 ft. The adventure is ideal for all ages young and old. It's guaranteed to produce hollers of excitement, and gorgeous views of Manitoba that make you forget you're in the prairies. Extend your stay with a meal on-site at the bar & grill and a game of mini golf.

Detour: Nellie McClung Heritage Site

Before returning to Morden after ziplining, consider taking a short detour west on Hwy 3 to the town of Manitou to visit Nellie's Homes . Walk in the footsteps of the 20th-century speaker, novelist and champion of women’s and human rights at a heritage site in the town she called home for nearly 20 years. Two of Nellie's former homes are on display, as well as other historical buildings from the early 1900s. Tours available, as well as a gift shop.

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Explore What It's Famous For

Chances are you've visited Morden for the Corn and Apple Festival , Manitoba's largest street festival that happens each August. You've likely heard of the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, too, another cornerstone attraction. As a community, Morden has an undeniable entrepreneurial spirit and cultural flare. Be sure to make time to stroll the quaint business district and patronize some independent businesses. Sip on a pint of local brew at Rendezvous Brewery and Taproom ; shop at organic cosmetic brand Pure Anada at their flagship store; browse local art at the gift shop at the Pembina Hills Art Council , located in the historic Dominion Post Office; or have a meal fit for royalty at Bella's Castle B&B , which welcomes guests on their beautiful courtyard patio.

Unwind at Lake Minnewasta

After spending some time indoors, head to Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area , just 1.5 km west of Morden, for fresh air and nature. Here you can book a tee time at Minnewasta Golf & Country Club or reserve a nightly camping site in the large, family-friendly campground. Colert Beach and boardwalk is at the heart of the park, and visitors can spend time as they wish: sunbathing, swimming, fishing or even canoeing and other water sports. The inflatable Splish Splash water park is another fun reason to go to the beach. A 16-kilometre single-track trail encircles Lake Minnewasta and is an attraction for avid mountain bikers and hikers.

Take a Selfie With Bruce

A Manitoba Star Attraction, the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre houses the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. When in Morden, take your opportunity to see some of the most amazing and ferocious toothed beasts to ever exist in the seas, including Guinness Record holding ‘Bruce’ the mosasaur . Besides the myriad of fossil and geology displays at the museum, CFDC offers tours for a chance to become a paleontologist and join their crew on an actual fossil dig on the outskirts of Morden.

Looking through the jaws of Bruce the Mosaur at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

One of three operational drive-in movie theatres in the province, the Stardust is a nostalgic family night out in Morden. Shows run on weekends only, and feature new Hollywood blockbusters, old favourites, and recorded music concerts from A-list acts.

Step Back in Time

At CFDC, you step back in prehistoric time, while at Pembina Threshermen's Museum , you step back to the simple pioneer times. Located midway between Morden and Winkler on Hwy 3, this outdoor museum has historic and replica buildings full of antiques, artifacts and working farm machinery collected from families around the Pembina Valley. An immersive flashback to life on the prairies during the early 20th century, the village is replete with retro and photo-worthy sets such as a barber shop, gas station and old-fashioned variety store. Read more about the top spots to check out at Pembina Threshermen's Museum. Only a 10-minute drive apart, Morden and Winkler are essentially twin cities. When you visit one, you should really go explore the other. After a morning of learning at the Pembina Threshermen's Museum, continue east on the highway to Winkler, an industrious community rooted in agriculture and Mennonite heritage.

Pembina Threshermen's Museum exterior

Lunch Time in Winkler

Charley B's Classic Grill is a lively gathering place for creative burgers and fast-food specialties that tout using local, farm-fresh ingredients. Check out Flavors of Mexico for authentic tacos on the prairies. Del Rios offers a unique Mexican-Mennonite menu that features enchiladas and burritos alongside traditional Mennonite dishes like kielkje and perogies smothered in cream gravy.

Over a dozen hamburgers lined up on a tray

Visit Parks and Gardens

Bethel Heritage Park is at the heart of Winkler. With its well-manicured gardens and angelic water fountain, it's a peaceful stop for a stroll along the walkways and a picnic. For more natural surroundings, the Discover Nature Sanctuary is the spot for bird and wildlife watching along the preserve's easy walking trails. Next to the Winkler Art Gallery, the butterfly garden attracts the winged insects, but also those wanting to take a photo with the giant monarch butterfly on display. A different kind of park (but perhaps a touch more fun if you're travelling with kids) is the Winkler Aquatic Centre , which features a pool and waterpark with speed slides, a twisty slide and climbing wall. A beautiful community playground next door is another place to burn off energy.

When in the region, explore beyond the twin cities of Morden-Winkler to learn more about the Russian Mennonites who settled the area and whose culture remains celebrated in nearby towns of Neubergthal and Altona.

Neubergthal

A National Historic Site of Canada, Neubergthal is the best preserved, single-street Mennonite village in North America. Do a self-guided walk or guided tour through the village to admire the distinct yard layouts and architecture, mostly notable the housebarn, a building that allowed the farming families to live close quarters with their livestock (a sensible arrangement during the early 1900s and prairie winters).

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Gallery in the Park

The town of Altona is home to rural Manitoba's top sculpture garden: Gallery in the Park. This beloved attraction, which is open seasonally from May to October, is located at the restored Schwartz heritage home near Centennial Park. The house features an indoor gallery space for rotating exhibits from local and national artists, but the real draw is strolling the grounds for up-close connection with the cute and curious bronze sculptures.

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When in Altona, go see Van Gogh. The landmark replica of the famous Sunflowers painting stands (very) tall against the blue sky. It's a symbol of the town's appreciation for the arts, and a nod to the fertile soil of the region that grows the crops.

Where To Stay

Hotels: Best Western Plus (Morden & Winkler), Quality Inn & Suites (Winkler) Unique Stays: The Herdsman House (Neubergthal), Bella's Castle B&B (Morden) Campgrounds: Lake Minnewasta (Morden), Buffalo Creek Nature Park (Altona)

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Manitoba External Link Title  conjures images of rich, prairie farmland, but the truth is, Canada's central province showcases so many diverse ecosystems, it feels like three different countries. And the best way to explore is by car.

With its rolling prairieland in the south, sub-arctic tundra in the north and the rugged terrain of the pristine lakes region, road trippers will be living the dream. The southern Manitoba route, from Winnipeg to  Riding Mountain National Park External Link Title  and  Spruce Woods Provincial Park External Link Title , takes in abundant wildlife, quintessential country towns and distinctive topography to confuse and delight the senses.

This driving route can be done in a single day, but you'll want to take your time enjoy the majestic hiking trails Manitoba offers and experience camping that is unparalleled.

Winnipeg to Riding Mountain National Park: 268 kilometres

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One of the great road trips from Winnipeg begins with a cruise along the Yellowhead Scenic Highway (Hwy 16) into Manitoba's heartland across spectacular prairielands that feel like they go on forever. If you're lucky, you might just spot a black bear or two along the way, looking to hitch a ride (we recommend you let them walk!).

You'll want to make a stop at the town of Neepawa, halfway between Winnipeg and Riding Mountain National Park, for one very good reason. The  Farmery Estate Brewery External Link Title  is an iconic watering hole in Manitoba, where the barley and hops are homegrown right there on the prairie farm. The Pioneer Harvest Stout is a crowd favourite, with its subtle notes of chocolate, caramel malt and bitter coffee, best thrown back with a side of beer battered fish and chips from the Farmery's food truck.

Enjoy the scenic 268 kilometres through the Parkland region and stop for lunch at the  Lakehouse External Link Title  in the prairie town of Wasagaming on the shores of sparkling  Clear Lake External Link Title , the largest lake in Riding Mountain National Park. Stroll the picturesque township, browse the boutiques and say hi to the friendly locals, or choose your own outdoor adventure, from fat biking around Clear Lake to  kayaking External Link Title  the crystal waters.

Bison in Riding Mountain National Park - credit: Travel Manitoba

Riding Mountain National Park has to be seen to be believed. Perched atop the Manitoba Escarpment, this protected forested parkland contains three diverse ecosystems: grasslands, boreal forest and upland deciduous forest.

The best way to immerse yourself in this striking natural oasis is to get amongst it at one of the Park's numerous camp sites, offering perhaps the most outstanding camping in Manitoba. Stay in the comfy  oTENTiks External Link Title , book a  micrOcube External Link Title ,  yurt External Link Title  or rent a cabin in Wasagaming, and spend a few days exploring more than 400 kilometres of hiking and biking trails, including Gorge Creek Trail, a 12.8-kilometre return hike that takes you through aspen, hazel and old oak forests.

Time seems to stand still as you stretch your legs among this ancient natural playground,  teeming with wildlife External Link Title  from wolves, moose, and elk, to black bears, bison and hundreds of bird species.

For the ultimate wildlife experience, take a self-driving tour to  Lake Audy External Link Title  for an up-close encounter with more than 40 protected bison. Be ready for a bison traffic jam and remember, these are friendly beasts. There's every chance you'll have one peering through your windscreen.  

Riding National Park to Spruce Woods Provincial Park: 165 kilometre

Spirit Sands Self-guiding Trail in Spruce Woods Provincial Park - credit: Travel Manitoba

Wind your way 165 kilometres south to  Spruce Woods Provincial Park External Link Title , where the shifting landscape serves up another surprising vista: a sandy desert-like pocket in the midst of fertile, prairie farmland.

Known as Spirit Sands, the dunes provide a delicious contrast to the blue-green sea of spruce trees in the Devil's Punch Bowl, lush riverbank forests and grassy plains of this ecological wonder.

Ready for the most serene hiking trails Manitoba offers? Don your hiking boots and trek the quiet trails through arid desert and wooded forests, taking in scenic vistas of the Punch Bowl, with its glittering pond and grassy surrounds, and staggering panoramic views of the Assiniboine River. 

Make sure you stop off at the Park's  interpretive centre External Link Title , that showcases the cultural history and unique fauna and flora, including live specimens of reptiles, fish and amphibians found in the Park.

Spruce Woods Provincial Park to Winnipeg: 179 kilometres

Winnipeg Esplanade and Louis Riel Bridge - credit: Enviro Foto, Courtesy of Travel Manitoba

The journey back to Winnipeg takes less than two hours, but the adventure is far from over. Soak up the vibrant buzz of this eclectic city, one of Canada's true urban treasures.

Check out the historic landmarks and boutique shops at  The Forks External Link Title , a 6,000-year-old meeting place at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and then head over to the lively  Exchange District External Link Title , a hub of pop-up artisan stores, galleries, entertainment venues and eateries to impress even the most refined foodie.

Take a selfie at the Manitoba Legislature Building, with the magnificent Golden Boy sculpture perched upon the dome acting as the perfect photo bomb. Dive deeper into the building's architectural secrets with a   Hermetic Code Tour External Link Title , where you'll unearth hieroglyphic inscriptions and numerological codes inscribed in a Masonic language, so well hidden they eluded experts for 100 years.

Pining for polar bears? Just because you're in the south of Manitoba doesn't mean you can't explore the northern subarctic region. The Journey to Churchill exhibit at the world-class  Assiniboine Park Zoo External Link Title  serves up close encounters with polar bears and other exotic Arctic species.

Wanuskewin Heritage Park in the winter

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Enjoy the best of these two central Canada cities of Saskatoon and Winnipeg connected by a train journey onboard VIA Rail's The Canadian route. Enjoy elements of adventure and exploration, from Segway rides, heritage parks, museums and art galleries - soak up the top attractions these cities offer.

Woman watching beluga whales swimming

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Takes place at Seal River Heritage Lodge and combines the thrill of beluga whale watching in July and August with the adventure of Churchill Wild’s signature “on the ground” polar bear walking safaris.

Beluga whale emerging from the water in Churchill during summer

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Join a guided adventure to Churchill, Manitoba and see playful beluga whales in the wild. Explore by zodiac boat, look for polar bears on a Tundra Buggy, and discover Churchill’s history.

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When I talked to friends, strangers and fellow adventurers about my plans to visit Manitoba, there was a unified response – why Manitoba ? My first reason was that it was a province I hadn’t visited yet and seemed like the next best destination to conquer my goal of visiting every province and territory in Canada. I was also fuelled by all of the amazing adventures I had found while researching my epic Canada bucket list . With lots of ground to cover, it only made sense to hop in a car for a Manitoba road trip!

As soon as I grabbed the rental car, we couldn’t hit the road fast enough. Check out my road trip post to see just how much we jammed into a week . Curiosity fuelled me as I couldn’t wait to see the Prarie landscapes. And I have to say, they surely didn’t disappoint! The province is so much more than just Winnipeg and I HIGHLY recommend planning a road trip in Manitoba. While I only covered the southern half, I already can’t wait to return and head north.

Don’t believe me? I think the following photos will make you change your mind! The majority of these were taken from the car and the ones that weren’t were taken just a short walk from the car. It’s amazing how much the scenery can vary from east to west. Or in my case, west to east… because I like to do things backwards. Enough babble, take a look at these snippets from my week-long road trip across Manitoba!

So, when are you going to plan your Manitoba road trip?  Check out my adventure where I share all about my route and the hot spots you should check out while exploring Canada’s 8th largest province.

Disclaimer A huge thank you to Travel Manitoba for helping me with this epic road trip! While the rental car cost was covered by them, all reviews, photos and opinions are my own – as always!

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In that second to last one…is that a hint of the northern lights? Oh my goodness, I’m in love with all of these pics. I’ve always wanted to go to Manitoba, too, and your photos reaffirmed that!

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It sure is! Unfortunately the clouds didn’t lift so we couldn’t get a full view, but I’ll take a taste over nothing!! If you ever need a travel buddy… 😉

Exceptional photos, Lindsay! You did a fantastic job of capturing the magic of Manitoba. 🙂

I’m so glad you think so Deb! And thank you for your suggestions while planning my trip! It was definitely a jam-packed one haha 😊

Hayley Hornberg

My husband and I LOVE a good road trip…just might have to add this to the list 🙂 You have a great eye too!

Aww thanks Hayley! I’d say Manitoba is a great road trip to do – I think you’d enjoy it! You can easily extend it across the Prairies into Saskatchewan as well… or even into Northern Ontario!

Can this place get any better! My goodness, so much beauty in there! Will like to road trip around. Want to read more of your trip! #feetdotravel

Aww thanks Ruth! I’ll be sure to share when I post more about the actual trip itself – I just couldn’t resist posting all these photos first!

Wow!! Gorgeous pics! Like your friends I had not heard of this area. But I have heard of Winnipeg and want to explore more of Canada so thank you for this introduction!

You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you want to explore more of Canada – it’s definitely a beautiful country with lots to see!

Beautiful pictures, a road trip along there would be so much fun! I’ll definitely be reading your post about the route you took!

Thanks so much! It’ll be coming soon so stay tuned! 😊

To be honest I didn’t even know where Manitoba was until I googled it. But I’ve now added it to my list of places to go! Is that the northern lights going on behind the clouds in the second to last photo?

I’m so glad to hear that – one of the reasons I love blogging! 😊 And yes! Unfortunately clouds rolled in so we didn’t get the full effect but I’ll take a glimpse over nothing!

This is an amazingly blissful place! Just looking at your gorgeous pictures calmed me down 😀 Thanks! 🙂

Glad you enjoyed! 😊

Your photos are simply incredible! And, who wouldn’t want to see buffalo freely roaming?! This looks like an area chocked full of natural beauty!

It sure is! Manitoba is a severely underrated destination 😊

Well, you’ve convinced me. Your photos are beautiful. I’m grateful for the time and effort you put into them.

Glad to hear it!

Fantastic photos and definitely plenty of reasons to visit Manitoba right there! I really need to explore Canada more and savour all the stunning locations there. Thanks for sharing

One of the reasons I love my country so much! Hope you can make it back to explore more of Canada soon 😊

I love Canada but have yet to explore Manitoba! It looks amazing and I can’t wait to get there to see it for real one day!

Carmen Baguio

We love a good road trip. In fact, we’re heading on another road trip tomorrow. Manitoba looks like our kind of destination, lots of varying landscapes and beautiful vistas!

Such beautiful pictures….did remind me of my native Finland though 😉 Hence doesn’t make me want to see Manitoba as it’s too homely but I can appreciate the beauty of your photography 🙂

Kate and Kris

I’ve never even heard of it so thanks for sharing. So flat…..love the wildlife. Amazing to see bison in the road (are they bison?)

Tatiana Santos

Great pictures! Manitoba is the only province in Canada I visited so far but I fell in love with it.

I had the chance to stay in a small city south Manitoba and it hooked me. Morden has only 9,000 people but is a very charming place to visit.

Don’t underestimate Manitoba! I was so in love that even created a blog about the region.

Can’t wait to explore it further more!

I hope you’re able to explore more of Canada soon, it truly is a beautiful country and I’m so lucky to call it home!

I didn’t have a chance to visit Morden but I’ll add it to my list when I do. Thank you so much for your comment and I’m glad I could do the province justice! 😀

Thank you for highlighting all the awesome things to do in Manitoba. I no longer live in Manitoba, so seeing your photos brought back some great memories!

Awww you’re so very welcome, Christie! I hope I could do the province justice! I can’t wait to return again one day soon. I know there’s still so much to see and explore! 🙂

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Is there anything better than camping in Manitoba? Soak up the outdoors as you sit around a crackling fire, listening to the loons calling on the lake. Here at Road Trip Manitoba, we’re huge fans of camping to escape the hustle and bustle of city life as well as to take in the raw beauty of the Manitoba wilderness. But camping in Manitoba takes a lot of planning and timing, as campsites quickly book up every spring; with many people staying home for the past few years, those numbers continue to skyrocket.

Camping in Manitoba

We’ve created this resource so that you have a one-stop page to plan out your camping adventures in Manitoba. Below you’ll find where and when to go, tips for backcountry and crown land camping, as well as a list of resources to help you make the most of your Manitoba camping experience. Also, make sure to check out our list of the coolest Manitoba campgrounds .

Ready to get camping in Manitoba? Read on for our best tips!

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Camping in Manitoba National Parks

There are only two national parks in Manitoba: Riding Mountain and Wapusk.

Camping in Riding Mountain National Park

Camping in Riding Mountain is extremely popular, and booking well in advance is crucial; we recommend booking your camping trip as soon as the reservations for the season become available. All updated Parks Canada camping fees for Riding Mountain can be found on this website . Reserve your spot by calling 1-877-RESERVE or by booking online here .

You can also read our guide to Riding Mountain National Park for more information. Please note that you’ll need to purchase a park pass to visit Riding Mountain; these can be purchased onsite.

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Wasagaming Campground

We consider the Wasagaming Campground to be one of the best campgrounds in Manitoba , and it’s easy to see why. With 427 sites, you don’t go here for solitude, but you do go here for fantastic access to the rest of the park as well as a lively atmosphere. Only a few minutes from the main beach area and pier, you can also find the Visitor’s Centre, restaurants, shopping, golf, tennis courts, hiking trails, bike rentals, canoe rentals, and so much more nearby.

Wasagaming Campground

Open from mid-May until mid-October, you can choose from basic, electrical, electrical and water, and full-service sites. In addition, there are communal washrooms with hot showers and kitchen shelters as well as a dumping station nearby. You’ll also need a fire permit with a daily fee if you plan on having a fire at your campsite.

Alternative Camping Spots in Riding Mountain National Park

Interested in something a bit unique? Ditch the tent and go for one of the yurts , oTENTiks , or the MicrOcube in Riding Mountain. All these accommodations fill up fast, so booking early is imperative. All three options are the perfect blend of a bit of luxury and back-to-nature camping.

oTENTik Riding Mountain National Park

Camping in Wapusk National Park

Wapusk National Park, found near Churchill, is extremely remote. Most people visit Wapusk by arranging a tour through a licensed operator – we recommend Wat’chee Expeditions – but there are indeed two Parks Canada-owned compounds that can be used for camping in Wapusk National Park. These compounds have limited facilities and are fenced to protect campers from polar bears.

As there are no roads leading to Wapusk, the campgrounds are only accessible by canoe, helicopter, or airplane. Needless to say, camping here is not for the faint of heart, and is usually only attempted by experienced campers. Contact the service office for more information about camping in Wapusk National Park.

Polar Bear in Wapusk National Park

Camping in Manitoba Provincial Parks

Manitoba has a whopping 92 provincial parks, many of which have amazing campgrounds. While it would be impossible to list them all, we’ve included a few of our favourites around the province below.

Again, provincial park camping books up extremely quickly; some years have seen the entire season book up within a couple of days. Head to this site to find out the operating dates for the provincial park campgrounds in Manitoba, including when reservations are open online.

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You can book a campsite using the online portal here , or by calling 204-948-3333 in Winnipeg and 1-888-482-2267 toll-free. We also recommend buying a park permit online if you plan on spending time in a provincial park in Manitoba. Permits can be purchased for a day, three days, or a year.

Please note that many people have complained about the inefficiency of the online reservation system; in recent years, Manitoba Parks has vowed to have a new Parks Reservation Service that will be much easier to use, although you will need to create a new account regardless of your booking history.

Some of our Favourite Manitoba Provincial Park Campgrounds

It would be impossible to list all of our favourite provincial park campgrounds in Manitoba, but here are a few we love!

Paint Lake Provincial Park

Paint Lake Campground has it all: gorgeous views of the water, countless islands to explore, and lots to do in the surrounding area. Base yourself in one of the 86 campsites or yurts to explore Thompson and Pisew Falls. Paint Lake Lodge is also nearby for delicious meals when you want a break from cooking over the fire.

Paint Lake Provincial Park Yurt

Nopiming Provincial Park

Home to one of our favourite places in Manitoba – Tulabi Falls – Nopiming Provincial Park is an excellent choice for Manitoba camping. Tulabi Falls Campground has 17 basic sites, 19 electrical sites, and six rental yurts to choose from, and it is one of the quieter Manitoba provincial campgrounds.

While there are no modern washrooms or showers here, we see it as a chance to get back to nature and discover the Canadian wilderness; in fact, Nopiming means “entrance to the wilderness” in Anishinabe. Also check out Beresford Lake Campground, Black Lake Campground, and Bird Lake Campground, while Shoe Lake has backcountry sites.

Tulabi Falls

Whiteshell Provincial Park

Home to some of the best Manitoba campgrounds, Whiteshell Provincial Park is one of the most popular parks in the province. Top campgrounds include West Hawk Lake Campground, Nutimik Lake Campground, Caddy Lake Campground, Otter Falls Campground, and Falcon Lake Lakeshore Campground. You’ll never run out of things to do in Whiteshell Provincial Park, as there are plenty of hiking trails and beaches to keep you busy, not to mention the staggering amount of sports activities to try in the area.

Welcome sign to Whiteshell Provincial Park

Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Head to Spruce Woods Provincial Park to stay at the Kiche Manitou Campground, one of Manitoba’s most beloved camping spots. Base yourself here to explore the magnificent park, home to Manitoba’s only desert. With hiking and interpretive trails, concession stands, canoe and paddleboat rentals, lifejacket rentals, modern washrooms, firewood for purchase, a playground, mini-golf, a volleyball court, and a visitor’s centre, it’s easy to see why so many people want to return to Kiche Manitou year after year. Backcountry camping is also available in Spruce Woods.

Spirit Sands in Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Duck Mountain Provincial Park is home to Blue Lakes Campground, a stunning campground near Swan River. The Blue Lakes trail is one of our top hiking trails in Manitoba , and you’re close to Baldy Mountain as well as the Blue Lakes Resort. But nothing beats the colour of the water, a sparkling turquoise that will make you think you’re on a Caribbean island, not smack dab in the middle of the prairies; East Blue Lake is perfect for a summer swim. Also check out Wellman Lake Campground, found between Wellman Lake and Glad Lake in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.

Forest Centre Duck Mountain Provincial Park

Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

Adam Lake Campground is one of the best campgrounds in Manitoba, and you can feel a real sense of peace and quiet here. Surround yourself with the nature of Turtle Mountain, including the more than 200 lakes and wetlands, the thick forests, and the rolling hills. Turtle Mountain is also home to the Max and William Lakes campsites, while backcountry campers can try the Oskar Lake campsite or the James Lake cabin.

Turtle Mountain Provincial Park

Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping is an incredibly unique way to see parts of Manitoba that many people never experience. In Manitoba’s provincial parks, there are three types of backcountry camping: walk-in, water route, and wilderness. They can range from a simple overnight stay to multi-day or multi-week adventures that require a lot of skill. No matter where you’re going or for how long, always tell someone where you plan to be and when you plan to return. Cell service is very limited in backcountry areas, if available at all.

You can find all of Manitoba’s walk-in backcountry campsites here , all of its water route backcountry campsites here , and all of its wilderness backcountry campsites here . Make sure to research which parks require provincial park passes for backcountry camping, and which may require backcountry permits.

Backcountry Near Thompson

Walk-in backcountry sites include those in Turtle Mountain, Duck Mountain, Spruce Woods, Whiteshell, and Nopiming Provincial Parks. There are numerous water route backcountry sites in Whiteshell and Nopiming, with Grass River and Pisew Falls also being popular destinations. Atikaki Provincial Park is one of the most popular for wilderness camping, including camping along the famous Bloodvein Canadian Heritage River.

Most backcountry camping sites in Manitoba are first-come, first-served, and you may find yourself sharing a campsite with another group. Almost nothing is provided at these sites; you’ll often find a fire pit and not much else, although a few sites have picnic tables or a pit privy. Because of this, it’s recommended that you have some camping experience before attempting backcountry camping. Wilderness camping is not for beginners and usually requires a lot of extra preparation; these sites also often require a fly-in, as they’re incredibly remote.

Backcountry near Tulabi Falls

Regardless of which backcountry campsite you choose, campers must boil all of their own water (no potable water is provided) and must carry out all of their own garbage at the end of their stay; the point is to leave no trace. Stays of up to three days at one site are permitted unless you stay at a reserved backcountry campsite (where you can reserve a site for up to seven days).

Private Campgrounds in Manitoba

There are hundreds of private campgrounds in Manitoba, including those that cater to RVs, tents, and everything in between. You’ll find many private campgrounds near cities, towns, and provincial parks or beaches, and most can be found by simply googling campsites in the region you’d like to visit.

Private campgrounds often provide excellent amenities and can sometimes be cheaper than staying in provincial parks. Many private campgrounds have a choice of full service, electric, and/or electric and water sites to choose from. Many have amenities that include laundry services, volleyball courts, hiking and biking trails, picnic shelters, firewood (either free or for sale), and more. Some even have pools, making them ideal for family camping trips.

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Some of our favourite private campgrounds in Manitoba include the Rubber Ducky Resort and Campground near Winnipeg, Steep Rock Beach Park on Lake Manitoba, Wild Oaks Campground in Richer, Asessippi Beach and Campground , and Miller’s Camping Resort near Portage la Prairie.

Crown Land Camping in Manitoba

Crown land camping, sometimes called “boondocking,” is camping on any public land free of charge. Residents of Canada can usually camp on crown land for up to 21 days at any one site unless it is otherwise posted. It’s important to note that no facilities are provided on crown land, and ecological sustainability is vital; you must practice a “leave no trace” attitude. Crown land camping is usually reserved for more experienced campers, as well as those looking for a bit of adventure.

Where can you find crown land camping in Manitoba? That’s the tricky part. Many people are unwilling to share their crown land camping spots online for fear of the spot becoming overrun; the whole point of crown land camping is to escape into nature and leave as little impact on the land as possible. We respect that here at Road Trip Manitoba, and so we won’t divulge any of the crown land camping areas we personally know of in the province.

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If you’re interested in crown land camping in Manitoba, we suggest contacting the local Rural Municipal office (RM). Land ownership maps can usually be viewed at an RM office, and you can check which land is considered crown land in the area.

Manitoba crown land camping can be difficult at first, especially if you don’t know where to start, but once you find your own slice of paradise, it may become your favourite form of camping.

When to Go Camping in Manitoba

Believe it or not, you can camp all year round in Manitoba, although camping in the colder months will obviously take more preparation than camping in summer! It all depends on how adventurous you are.

The peak camping seasons in Manitoba are June, July, and August, although many people also camp in late May and early September, too. You can check this site to find out when all provincial park camping sites are open, including when reservations open; you’ll note that most reservations are only open from mid-May until mid-September, although a few remain open into October.

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Summer camping brings warm weather. In southern Manitoba, June has average highs of 23°C, but it can get chilly in the evenings. It is also the rainiest month for camping. July and August are hot, with average highs of around 27°C in the day, so it’s critical to make sure you have a lot of drinking water as well as adequate shelter from the sun. By September, the average high drops to 20°C. Of course, the more north you go in Manitoba, the colder it will get. If you plan on camping in the fall in Manitoba, Parks Canada has this resource that includes which provincial park campgrounds are still open.

And we can’t talk about camping in Manitoba without mentioning the mosquitos. Mosquitos can be relentless in summer, especially if there was a particularly rainy spring. Make sure to bring lots of bug spray, mosquito coils, and mosquito netting. It’s also worth it to wear longer layers on your arms and legs for full protection from the bugs. Black flies, ticks, and wasps can also be hazards while camping in summer. Always check yourself and others for ticks if you’ve been in tall grass, forests, or other areas of vegetation (including pets).

If you plan on winter camping in a provincial park, it’s crucial to contact the park’s relevant office. More information on winter camping in Manitoba is available here . You can also rent an oTENTik in Riding Mountain National Park in winter, while another option is to rent a dome such as one at Moonlit Canopy in Pembina Valley Provincial Park or stay in one of the Turtle Mountain Adventure Huts . Many vacation rentals are also available in winter in Manitoba.

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  • Are you an infrequent camper who would rather rent instead of buy your own camping equipment? We recommend booking an oTENTik, yurt, or other unique accommodation in Manitoba so you can still get a taste of the outdoors. There are also many fantastic cabin rentals in Manitoba to choose from.
  • Interested in seasonal camping? Check out the guide to this long-term camping option here .
  • One of the most difficult parts of camping is packing. If you’re unsure of what to bring, this checklist will certainly come in handy as you prepare for your camping trip.
  • Taking out what you bring in is very important to keeping our province clean and beautiful, not only for the next campers but for generations to come. Consider following these tips for sustainable camping .
  • It is not uncommon for fire bans to come into effect during the dry summer months. Unfortunately, this means no s’mores, but it’s crucial to follow these restrictions in order to save ourselves and our forests. Find out about current fire bans in Manitoba here . 
  • Do you want to go backcountry camping in order to do some hunting or fishing in Manitoba? It’s necessary to obtain a hunting and/or fishing license. Check out the different hunting and fishing licenses here . We also recommend reading up on regulations in order to make sure you are obeying all Manitoba rules when it comes to wildlife.
  • Tips on learning basic first aid, what food to bring, and many more tips can be found in this article with beginner advice to backcountry camping .
  • Bring bear spray and keep it handy, especially if you are backcountry camping. Bear encounters are not uncommon in Manitoba, especially when it comes to black bears. Be mindful of these other tips to ensure your safety regarding bears.

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The summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to hit the open highway to see what this great country has to offer — that’s right, now’s the time to start planning that All-Canadian Road Trip! Thanks to its absolute enormous size and geographic diversity, no matter where you are or where you’ll be, Canada offers an almost endless list of stunning routes, each showcasing the True North’s diverse landscapes and cultural richness.

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In fact, there are so many possibilities, we had to (sadly) overlook many solid choices that could have otherwise easily made this list; we hope you’ll enjoy our picks nonetheless.

Whether you’re drawn to majestic mountains, serene coastlines, or vibrant cities, buckle up and get ready to discover these top summer road trip routes.

Irish Loop, Newfoundland and Labrador

This picturesque 312-km (194-mile) drive through Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, starting in St. John’s, showcases all the rugged charm and hospitality the province has to offer . Breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, whale-watching, puffins, and — up to early summer — icebergs.

Highlights include the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve; the historic Colony of Avalon in Ferryland; the rolling hills and quaint villages of Trepassey and St. Vincent’s; as well as hiking spots in Cape Broyle and Tors Cove.

Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

The Trail loops around Cape Breton Island, offering 298 km (185 miles) of stunning coastal beauty and cultural charm. Highlights include the cliffs of Cape Breton Highlands National Park; the town of Baddeck; and Acadian culture in Cheticamp. Other highlights include hiking the Skyline Trail; whale-watching in the Gulf of St. Lawrence; and enjoying the many eateries serving fresh lobster and maritime delicacies along the way.

Super-size things by starting in Halifax, travelling through charming towns like Truro and New Glasgow , and see the landscape transition to rolling hills and coastal vistas, setting the stage for the breathtaking experiences ahead.

North Cape Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island

The North Cape Coastal Drive in P.E.I. puts the island’s rugged northwestern coast front and centre. This 350-km (217-mile) drive offers superlative Atlantic views, red sandstone cliffs, and charming fishing villages, such as the picturesque town of Alberton. Along the way, enjoy fresh seafood, explore historic sites, and take in the island’s world-renowned natural beauty, serenity, and maritime charm.

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Charming villages, marine life, coastal hikes, dramatic cliffs, lush forests, and a chance to witness the stunning natural phenomenon of the world’s highest tides, a road trip along the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick offers it all .

Starting from Saint John and winding along the coast, this roughly 460-km (286-mile) drive takes you to Fundy National Park; the incredibly photographic Hopewell Rocks; and the lovely towns of St. Andrews, Rothesay, Quispamsis, Hampton and Grand Bay-Westfield, where you can sample local cuisine and frequently spot whales from shore.

Route des Navigateurs, Quebec

This often-overlooked 470-km (292-mile) trip follows the St. Lawrence from Baie-du-Febvre to Sainte-Luce, showcasing Quebec’s maritime heritage and charming villages. You’ll find panoramic river views, historic lighthouses, and picturesque coastal towns throughout this drive .

Highlights include the village of Kamouraska; the historic town of Trois-Pistoles; and the bustling port city of Rimouski. Plus, the route also features museums, artisan shops, and seafood restaurants, making it a cultural and culinary delight.

Toronto to Stratford, Ontario

Leaving Toronto, this 150-km (93-mile) drive through Southern Ontario’s scenic countryside transitions from urban landscapes to rolling farmlands and picturesque small towns . A popular stop is the historic town of St. Jacobs, known for its vibrant farmers’ market and Mennonite heritage.

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Once in Stratford, you’ll find Victorian architecture, lush gardens, and the serene Avon River. The town is celebrated for its arts scene, and especially the Stratford Festival, which offers world-class theatre productions. There’s also fine dining, cozy cafes, and artisanal shops, all while watching Shakespeare and seeing where Justin Bieber grew up — sweet!

Interlake Region, Manitoba

The Interlake Region in Manitoba, nestled between Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba, is a scenic road-trip destination known for its wide-ranging and gorgeous landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Highlights include the stunning beaches of Gimli, the historic sites of Lower Fort Garry, and the unique limestone cliffs of Steep Rock. The region offers ample opportunities for boating, fishing, and exploring charming towns, perfectly blending outdoor adventure and exploration.

Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

A unique journey through Canada’s vast prairie heartland , this Saskatchewan park showcases rolling vistas; deep coulees; and an array of wildlife, including bison and prairie dogs, as well as the opportunity to explore the park’s rich history and cultural sites, such as the Badlands and ancient tipi rings, circular stone patterns left from encampments of protohistoric and historic Native Americans. Definitely a trip ideal for those seeking solitude, star-filled night skies, and a connection to the natural beauty of the prairies.

Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Stretching 232 km (144 miles) between Jasper and Banff, Icefields is a show-stopping journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. This bucket-list drive features snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and sprawling glaciers. Highlights include the Athabasca Glacier, Peyto Lake, and countless waterfalls cascading down rugged cliffs, with numerous viewpoints and hiking trails along the way.

Wildlife enthusiasts might spot elk, mountain goats, and even bears on the route. And, like the best road trips, this journey is as much about the drive as it is about the stops, each offering a unique glimpse into the beauty of Alberta’s mountain landscapes.

Vancouver to Tofino, British Columbia

The 207-km (128-mile) journey from Vancouver to Tofino via the Pacific Rim Highway is stunning, taking you from the city through lush, rainy forests and rugged coastlines .

After a scenic ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Vancouver Island (stopping in Victoria or Nanaimo) the road winds (and winds) through charming towns and breathtaking landscapes, ending in Tofino, known for its wild surfing beaches, celebrity homes, and vibrant arts scene. Highlights include Pacific Rim National Park Reserve; the quaint town of Ucluelet; and stops at Cathedral Grove to marvel at ancient and meditative fir trees.

Dempster Highway, Yukon and Northwest Territories

The Dempster Highway in Yukon is a legendary 740-km (460-mile) gravel road that takes you from Dawson City to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. This remote and rugged drive offers incredible views of the Tombstone Mountains, vast tundra, and Arctic landscapes. Along the way, you’ll encounter caribou, moose, and grizzly bears . The highway crosses the Arctic Circle, offering a unique adventure for those seeking to explore one of Canada’s most isolated and beautiful regions.

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The Essential Guide to Germany’s Romantic Road

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Updated On: January 23, 2024

Winding through a section of Southern Germany, you’ll find the picturesque Romantic Road, or Romantische Straße, as it’s referred to in German. Spanning 285 miles (460 km), Germany’s Romantic Road will take you through historic charming towns and past some of the most scenic country-sides in all of Bavaria. 

From quaint German cottages to fairytale castles , this scenic German byway will connect you to a number of beautiful sights. Whether you are looking to spend 4 days or a week driving Germany’s Romantic Road, one thing is for sure, you won’t fall short on places to see and explore. This Romantic Road Germany itinerary takes you on a 5-day road trip through medieval villages, fairytale castles and beautiful countryside.

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Where does germany’s romantic road start & finish.

While this route can be done two ways, North to South or South to North , the most popular way to tackle the Romantic Road is starting in the North. Plan to start your trip in the town of Wurzburg and finish in the town of Fussen, which is located next to the iconic castle that inspired Walt Disney, Neuschwanstein Castle.

Map of Romantic Road Germany

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The above map shows you the route of Germany’s Romantic Road. You can follow the link to get to the interactive map and then click on each letter and zoom in and out to get a better sense of where the towns are and the route to take to get to each. 

Highlights of the Romantic Road in Germany

Some towns along the Romantic Road make perfect places to stop for a quick photo or a bite to eat, while others you can spend hours if not one to two days in. The highlights and most popular stops along the Romantic Road are listed just below.

  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • Dinkelsbühl
  • Wieskirche  
  • Neuschwanstein Castle (outside of Fussen)

In between the towns of Wurzburg and Fussen lie the towns on Germany’s Romantic Road. There are 28 towns in total, some more popular than others but all offer something beautiful to uncover.

Getting To Germany’s Romantic Road

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The Romantic Road Germany begins in Wurzburg and ends in Fussen.

To get to the start of the Romantic Road in Germany, make your way to Wurzburg . We started our road trip by flying into Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), located a little over an hour away from the start of the Romantic Road.

You can rent a car in Frankfurt to make your way to Wurzburg where you will continue south along Germany’s most popular holiday road trip, Romantische Straß. After several days of driving and sightseeing (Our Romantic Road Itinerary is 5 days), you’ll reach the end of the Romantic Road in the town of Fussen.

Located a little over 1.5 hours away from Fussen, you’ll find the bustling city of Munich. If you do not want to backtrack (driving back up the Romantic Road to Frankfurt), Munich is the most convenient choice to fly out of and as well as return your rental car.

Starting in Munich for your Germany Romantic Road Itinerary

After Fussen, you should not miss spending at least a day or two exploring Munich, the Capital of Bavaria before hopping on the plane home or to your next European destination . We have an entire post and video of things to do in Munich, Germany but some not to miss sights in Munich include:

  • Visiting Marienplatz to see the famous Glockenspiel
  • Explore the massive and beautiful English Garden (Englischer Garten)
  • Enjoy the Bavarian atmosphere of Hofbraeuhaus tavern
  • Visit the many beer gardend and musuems.
  • See our complete guide here

Best Time to Visit & Drive Germany’s Romantic Road?

W hile June – September is deemed the best time to visit Bavaria (Southern Germany), these months are also the most popular months for tourist travel. If visiting during the summer months, it’s recommended to make accommodations reservations well ahead of your visit. 

Alternatively, late spring and early-Autumn make great shoulder months to visit when tourists are light, and prices are not so high. Take a detour off the Romantic Road to visit nearby Things to do in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany

How Long Does It Take to Drive the Romantic Road?

Driving Germanys Romantic Road

The time it takes to drive the Romantic Road in Germany is completely up to you, but it is our recommendation that you plan to spend at minimum 4 days driving and exploring sights along the Romantic Road. Four days gives you enough time for the highlights, but if you can, an extra day or two on the Romantic Road will allow you some flexibility to stop and explore other places and towns. 

If you have less than four days, you’ll want to focus on seeing and exploring Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Neuschwanstein Castle, which is located just outside of Fussen.

Germany’s Romantic Road Itinerary

Most travelers only have a few days to commit to when driving Germany’s Romantic Road. Four to five days is, in our opinion, the perfect amount of time you need to explore the main highlights of the Romantic Road, especially if you are wanting to drive the entire length of the Romantic Road. In 4-5 days, you’ll be able to see, do and experience a lot! 

Day 1 – Explore Wurzburg

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After you arrive at the Frankfort airport, pick up your rental car and head into Wurzburg. Wurzburg is a hilly town nestled along the banks of the Main River. Known for its architecture and as one of Germany’s biggest wine-producing regions, Wurzburg is a fantastic town to start your road trip down the Romantic Road. 

Once in Wurzburg, you can easily explore Wurzburg’s city center baroque and rococo architecture, walk along the Alte Mainbrücke, which is the city’s pedestrian bridge that offers great views of the riverside, Marienberg Fortress, and the city of Wurzburg. In the warmer months, locals of Wurzburg will gather on the bridge as a social event to catch up with friends, listen to music, and share a drink.

Where to Stay in Wurzburg

  • Best Western Premier Hotel Rebstock – This highly rated four star hotel has access to a spa, an award-winning restaurant, free WiFi and great location near the Sankt Kilian Cathedral See rates and availability on TripAd v isor / Booking.com
  • Dorint Hotel – Located between the cathedral and the Wurzburg Residenz in the heart of Old Town, the Dorint has a spa, steam bath and swimming pool, plus restaurant and free WiFi. See rates and availability on TripAdvisor / Booking.com

Another popular site to see in Wurzburg is the Residence. The Residence is a palace that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a day of exploring, eating, and drinking some regional wine, you’ll be ready for bed and excited for your next stop.

TIP: Your GPS will take you the most direct route to the next city, however, that is not necessarily the Romantic Road route. So, if you want to truly drive Germany’s Romantic Road, you’ll need to reference the map to ensure you are passing through the towns that make up the Romantic Road and not taking the highways.

Day 2 – Walk the Walled Town of Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

 Walled Town of Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber in Germany

Less than two hours away from Wurzburg is the cobblestone, medieval walled town of Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber – one of the most popular stops and highlights of Germany’s Romantic Road. 

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber is such a charming town, it almost makes you feel you went back in time. The medieval architecture along with its half-timbered homes that lie within the walls, gates, and towers of the old town, Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber is unlike any other town on the Romantic Road. 

Spend your time just walking around the old town and taking in the sights of the towers like Klingentor. Plan to grab a picture at the Das Plönlein (little square) and visit St. James Church. The best way to enjoy Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber is just to wander the town and admire its beauty. 

Optional Stop at N örldlingen

Optional Stops: On your way to Augsburg, if you have the time and are hungry, you can stop for lunch in Nördlingen or Dinkelsbühl. Both Nördlingen and inkelsbühl are popular stops on the Romantic Road with historic walls, churches and medieval architecture.

Day 3 – Meander the Streets of Augsburg

Streets of Augsburg, Germany

Continuing south on the Romantic Road for 2 hours and 15 minutes, you’ll enter the city of Augsburg. Dating back to 15 BC, Augsburg is one of Germany’s oldest cities. As soon as you arrive, you’ll see that unlike other stops on Germany’s Romantic Road, Augsburg is one of the most glamorous. From its fountains to its houses and churches, you’ll get traces of the banking and mercantile industry boom and the wealth that flowed through Augsburg centuries ago. 

While in Augsburg, plan to explore Augsburg Cathedral and St. Ulrich’s, climb the 253 steps of the Perlachturm to get views of the city, and walk down Maximilian Street (or Maximilianstrasse) and marvel at the old-world architecture. 

Day 4 – Visit Landsberg am Lech and Wieskirche

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After a day in Augsburg, it’s time to move to your last location on Germany’s Romantic Road, Fussen. Fussen is a little less than 1.5 hours south of Augsburg. However, you have a few stops to make on your way to Fussen, First, Landsberg am Lech, and second, Wieskirche. 

Set on the river Lech, Landsberg am Lech has rows of colorful homes and buildings that encapsulate the city. It’s small and quiet, making it a perfect place to wander and have a coffee and cake at one of its sidewalk cafes.

After you’ve had your fill of Landsberg am Lech, it’s time to continue south to the Bavarian countryside. Located 40 minutes away from Landsberg am Lech, you’ll find yourself at the White Church of Bavaria, Wieskirche. 

Wieskirche is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and upon entry, you’ll immediately see why. Decorated in rococo style, there is beauty in every detail found in the church’s sculptures, ceiling paintings, and decorated gold carvings. 

White Church of Bavaria, Wieskirche in Germany

After an hour or two is spent appreciating the creative work and beauty of Wieskirche, it is time to drive the 30 minutes to reach your last town on the Romantic Road, Fussen. 

NOTE: If you only have four days and are tight on time to get to Fussen, the above stops on your way to Fussen can be optional. You can choose to visit one or skip both. Do whatever works for you and your timeline.

Day 5 – Explore the Castles of Fussen

Neuschwanstein Castle on the Romantic Road Germany

Are you ready for your last day on Germany’s Romantic Road? The highlight of your visit to Fussen lies on the town’s outskirts. The castle that inspired none other than Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle and the next-door neighbor castle of Hohenschwangau Castle are what some consider the highlights not only of Germany’s Romantic Road but all of Germany. Both are situated atop a hill overlooking the valley below and these castles like their views, are stunning. 

Hohenschwangau Castle on the romantic German Road Itinerary

Hohenschwangau Castle was built in 1837, while Neuschwanstein Castle was built a few decades later in 1869. Both castles allow tours and offer nearby viewpoints that boast spectacular views of not only the castles themselves but Bavaria too. Plan to spend your day touring the castles and walking around the town of Fussen. Located on the edge of the Alps, Fussen is surrounded by natural beauty so do your best to get out and enjoy it. 

Where to Stay near the castles

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The best place to make a base to explore the castles is in the town of Hohenschwangau. There is plenty of hotel and dining options. Suggested hotels are.

  • Luxury : Villa Ludwig Suite Hotel – This highly rated Bavarian boutique hotel is located directly below  Neuschwanstein Castle with a Finnish Spa, Free WiFi and breakfast included. Some suites have views of the castle. See rates and availability on TripAdvisor / Booking.com
  • Budget: Schlossrestaurant Neuschwanstein – This budget-friendly hotel is the perfect location offering free parking to guests, breakfast included and free WiFi See rates and availability on TripAdvisor / Booking.com

What To Do After Driving Germany’s Romantic Road?

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After a whirlwind four to five days driving Germany’s Romantic Road, you actually have a few options on where to explore next. You are situated in one of the most beautiful places in all of Germany and located extremely close to the border of Austria. 

  • Munich: Located a little less than two hours away from Fussen, you can head into Munich and spend a few days exploring the sites of this ever impressive and not to mention, fun German city. Also, if you need to fly out of Germany and return your rental car, Munich is the closest international airport to Fussen. 
  • Zugspitze: Less than an hour from Fussen you will find the tallest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze. Take the cable car up to the top to get unbelievable views of the surrounding Alps.
  • Austria’s Tyrol Region: Explore the amazing towns, lakes and scenery that make up Tyrol, Austria’s southern state. Places like Innsbruck, Kirchbiehl and Kufstein are a few hours’ drive from Fussen. 
  • The Italian Dolomites: If you have the extra days and are looking to explore Europe further, about a 5-hour drive away from Fussen, you will find yourself in Italy at the base of the towering Dolomite mountains. 

How To Travel Germany’s Romantic Road

  • Driving : The best way to see Germany’s Romantic Road is to drive it. Driving allows you the utmost flexibility in your schedule to explore where you want, when you want.  Check car rental prices from Frankfurt here
  • Bus : Taking a bus is also an option. Deutsche Touring’s Romantic Road Coach  offers limited tours to and from selected towns along the Romantic Road. 
  • Train : Traveling the Romantic Road by train is also doable, but it is not straightforward. There is not one train that travels the entire route of Germany’s Romantic Road. While some towns on the Romantic Road have train stations, others do not have a station or offer a connection to the next stop.
  • Cycling: Cycling is a great option if you are up for the ride! There are plenty of bike routes along the Romantic Road for you to cruise. 

Once inside the cities and towns, you will not need your vehicle. You’re own two feet will be your go-to form of transportation for exploring the towns along the Romantic Road. If renting a car, make sure your accommodation offers some sort of parking or has a recommendation on where to park your car while you explore. 

It’s time to give yourself a pat on the back as you just completed Germany’s Romantic Road! 

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And these are the best stops on the Romantic Road in Germany. Have you been to Bavaria? What did we miss and what should we add to the list? Leave your recommendations in the comments below.

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7 of the best road trips in Jamaica

Diedre McLeod

Apr 20, 2024 • 9 min read

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See more of Jamaica with these top driving routes © Ralf Liebhold / Shutterstock

It's no secret that Jamaica   excels at white sand beaches and sensual, apricot-colored sunsets. What travelers often overlook is the island's road-trip appeal. 

Whether you’re after mountain views, a ride along the coast or a cruise through quaint neighborhoods, the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean   can be slowly and comfortably traversed by car within a week. Here are our favorite driving routes in Jamaica.

1. Falmouth 

Best historical road trip Montego Bay–Falmouth, Trelawny; 34km (21 miles)

For the history buff, a trip to Falmouth is a must. A quick 45-minute drive from Jamaica’s second city  Montego Bay   will take you to one of the best-preserved Georgian towns in the Caribbean, with a paved two-way highway covering much of the journey. 

Despite its age, much of Falmouth’s 18th-century Georgian architecture remains intact. Drive through the historic town along Market St, stop by St Peter’s Anglican Church , and visit the former post office, a stunning yellow building from 1832.

Detour : On the outskirts of Falmouth is Glistening Waters (known locally as Luminous Lagoon), home to bright bioluminescent life that lights up the water in a cool neon blue. Drive there and book a night tour to experience one of the rarest and most magical water phenomena.

Distant view of two people taking a selfie on Negril Beach while others swim in the water

2. Negril sand and sunset trip

Best romantic road trip Montego Bay–Negril; 80km (50 miles)

With four miles of white sand beach  (yes, despite the name) and sensual sunsets, Negril   is the romantic getaway road trip. Located about an hour-and-a-half drive from Montego Bay, the roads are smooth and well-maintained due to the town's popularity with  tourists .

Yet, Negril still maintains a laid-back charm with lush tree-lined streets, local restaurants and independent boutique hotels.  Continue to the West End community for stellar limestone cliffs, and watch daredevils dive off the cliffs into the clear blue Caribbean Sea.

Next, drive to the most western end of Jamaica to visit the bright-white Negril Lighthouse, built in 1894.

There are great sunset views from both the cliffs and the lighthouse, and Negril is often touted as one of the best places in the world to watch the sun go down.

Arrive early on the multi-layered cliffs at  Rick’s Cafe  – one of the top spots to watch the sunset – because it can get crowded very quickly. 

Detour: Visit Barney's Flower & Hummingbird Garden to see an abundance of exotic plants and flowers. The garden is also home to the unique Jamaican swallowtail hummingbird.

3. South Coast Treasure Beach 

Best off-the-beaten-path trip Kingston­–Treasure Beach; 138km (86 miles)

Travel along the rugged southern coast of Jamaica from the bustling capital city of Kingston to the eco-friendly beach town of Treasure Beach . This trip takes you through many small communities and across five parishes.

Unlike the north coast, the roads are less developed with potholes of various sizes – some large enough to swallow a small vehicle – so drive with caution.

Make a pit stop in Mandeville, which has cooler temperatures and some 18th-century Georgian architecture. Check out its historic courthouse too.

Cross over to another parish and continue to Lover’s Leap  restaurant in St Elizabeth, which at a dizzying 518m (1700ft) up, offers splendid panoramic views of Jamaica. The elevated spot is also an ode to Jamaican folklore about star-crossed lovers who jumped the cliffs to escape their enslaver.

Carry on down to Treasure Beach, a relaxing haven situated right on Jamaica’s southern coastline that's known for its farm-to-table culture and tight-knit community. 

Although it’s located beachside, be careful of the waves at Treasure Beach because there are many rip tides. Heed all “no swimming” signs and advice even if the water seems shallow. 

Have a cooldown at YS Falls , one of Jamaica’s top natural attractions about an hour north of Treasure Beach. The seven-tiered waterfall flows into natural swimming pools surrounded by lush vegetation and towering trees.

Planning tip : Plan your trip to align with the annual turtle-hatching season (most hatch from August through October) to watch hawkbill sea turtles return to the sea in droves. 

Ready to go to Jamaica? Pick the best time for your visit with our seasonal guide

Three multi-coloured boats tied against a tree in Jamaica's Port Antonio bob in a blue lagoon

4. Ocho Rios to Port Antonio 

Best road trip for beach views Ocho Rios – Port Antonio; 102km (63 miles)

This trip prioritizes the beach, taking you along the coastline from touristic  Ocho Rios to unspoiled Port Antonio. Leave the tourist bustle of Ocho Rios in your rearview mirror and continue east along the gently meandering road that hugs the oceanside.

Take the A3 road and drive through St Mary Parish, then connect to the A4 road that will lead you towards Annotto Bay and finally Port Antonio . 

This is one of the more languid drives in Jamaica. The road is paved but has a few potholes, and it passes along small seaside communities and slowly slopes through the panoramic hills of St Mary.

As you drive through the quiet village of Oracabessa, be on the lookout for the famous Goldeneye Hotel – once the home of author Ian Fleming and the birthplace of his most famous character, James Bond.

The journey descends into Port Maria, welcoming banana fields and a short spurt through the mountains inland before returning to the seaside at the A4 road exit. 

The A4 road from St Mary takes you straight to Port Antonio in Portland parish, meandering along the northeast coastline. Pass through Annotto Bay and Buff Bay, the first major towns you’ll meet in Portland, and continue east.

You’ll arrive at Port Antonio, Jamaica’s friendly, unspoiled, gorgeous seaside. Have a meal at the marina and sip on Jamaican Red Stripe beer while listening to the lapping waves at Trident Castle .

Detour : Goldeneye is exquisite, but Firefly touts the best view in all of Jamaica. Take a stop at this national heritage site, which English playwright Noel Coward used to call home. Firefly’s sprawling views across the Spanish Main and the old pirate look-out is a breathtaking pause worth every minute. 

5. Papine to Newcastle 

Best road trip for scenic delights Papine, Kingston–Newcastle; 23km (14 miles)

This enriching one-hour drive to Newcastle glides through the UNESCO-listed  Blue and John Crow Mountains   but is often overlooked by both locals and visitors.  Once a British Army military hill station, Newcastle is now a training facility for the Jamaica Defense Force.

To get there, take the route from Kingston to Papine and onwards to the sleepy but charming village of Irish Town, before continuing along the main road.

Along the route, pause to take pictures of the mesmerizing ridgelines or try some iconic Blue Mountain coffee, such as at Cafe Blue or Mavis Bank Coffee . This trip is a fantastic way to spend the day. 

Though you may depart Paine in light, summer clothing, Newcastle is often chilly and misty, so be sure to bring a jacket. 

Detour: Pack your lunch and visit Holywell National Park for a picnic in the Blue Mountains. The park is located en route to Newcastle and offers generous views of Jamaica’s landscape. There are cabins to rent if you want to stay over, and you can go on a guided hike to a waterfall.

Traveling as a family? Here are some of the best things to do with kids in Jamaica

Motor cars travelling through a tunnel of lush green bamboo plants at Holland Bamboo in Lacovia, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

6. Treasure Beach to Negril

Best road trip for rugged landscapes Treasure Beach–Negril; 99km (61.5 miles)

The beauty of this road trip is that it explores some of Jamaica’s most untouched landscapes. Vegetation flourishes here, where the sights and sounds of fauna in their natural habitat coincide peacefully with the local community.

Spot crocodiles in the Black River and drive through the picturesque Bamboo Avenue – a 4km (2.5-mile) stretch of bamboo canopy forming an elegant arch on both sides of the road.

Bamboo Avenue is pockmarked with a few potholes. Be careful when driving, as the shade from the bamboo causes the potholes to look like shadows. Stop by the Border community to eat fried fish from roadside stalls along your way.

From Border, continue to Bluefields, a small community in Westmoreland parish with one of the best public beaches you can find.  The next major town is Savanna-la-Mar, known locally as “Sav” or “Sav-la-mar,” where you can replenish and stock up on personal items. Sav, the capital and main commerce town in Westmoreland, has excellent infrastructure for renting vehicles, finding mechanics, banking, etc. 

Detour:  About 20km from Treasure Beach, you'll pass  Parottee Bay. From here, book a boat ride to Floyd’s Pelican Bar ,  a rustic and charming bar on stilts in the middle of the Caribbean sea that sells the freshest seafood. If you’re lucky, you might spot a dolphin or two on your way.

7. Buff Bay 

Best off-road trip Kingston–Buff Bay, Portland; 64km (40 miles)

Buff Bay is located in the parish of Portland on the northeast side of the island, known for its high vegetation and rainfall. If you like off-roading, then this is the road trip for you. Driving from Kingston to Buff Bay offers a breathtaking experience through the winding mountain roads of Jamaica.

There is a relatively clear route that’s almost a singular road.  However, the roads are rough, and corners are sharp and winding, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic; drive slowly and carefully.

While you can certainly use a normal car, it’s best to take a 4WD to navigate the bumpy unpaved roads that cut through the Blue Mountains , Jamaica’s highest mountain range . 

Before you arrive at Buff Bay, stop by Newcastle to admire dreamy, misty views of the famed peaks. Continue east along the Portland coastline if you fancy soaking up rays on some of Jamaica’s most pristine beaches . 

Local tip: The best time to take this trip is during the dry season. The area experiences landslides during the rainy season and roads can sometimes get blocked. 

Tips for driving in Jamaica: 

  • Always drive on the left.
  • Jamaica has a compulsory seatbelt law.
  • Speed limits range from 50km/h (30mph) to 80km/h (50mph) and vary from place to place across the island.
  • Carry ID and all relevant car-rental paperwork at all times, since police may pull you over.
  • You can expect any road with the designation "A" to be in fairly good condition. "B" roads are generally much narrower and often badly potholed but still passable in the average rental car. Many B roads are not shown on maps. 
  • Minor roads, particularly those in the Blue Mountains and Cockpit Country, can be tough going. If you plan to drive off the major routes, it’s essential to have a stalwart 4WD.
  • Signage on main roads is good, but directional signs are few and far between as soon as you leave them. 
  • On B roads, what may appear on a map to be a 30-minute journey may take several hours. 
  • More often than not, there are no signs to indicate sharp curves, steep ascents or work in progress. 
  • Road are often poorly lit at night, if at all.
  • Jamaica has some of the world’s most dangerously aggressive drivers. Cars race through towns, play chicken with one another and cut across the opposite lane on blind corners. Use extreme caution and drive defensively, especially at night when you should be prepared to meet oncoming cars that are either without lights or blinding you with high beams. 
  • Use your horn liberally, especially when approaching blind corners, and watch out for pedestrians and livestock.

This article was first published Oct 2, 2022 and updated Apr 20, 2024.

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  • C&F's Travel Insured policies allow travelers customize travel insurance to fit their specific needs. Frequent travelers may benefit from purchasing an annual travel insurance plan, then adding on CFAR coverage for any portions of travel that may incur greater risk.

While every travel insurance company has negative reviews about its claims process, C&F Travel Insured 's claims process has a consistent stream of positive reviews. One customer wrote that C&F processed a claim within 48 hours. Additionally, C&F regularly responds to customer reviews within one business week, making reviews a consistent way to reach the company.

Additionally, in C&F's fine print, it mentions that any claims that take more than 30 days to pay out will begin to accrue interest at 9% APY.

C&F's reputation isn't the only thing to speak highly of. It offers an array of add-ons uncommon in the travel insurance industry, such as Interruption for Any Reason insurance and CFAR coverage for annual plans. C&F also offers discounts for children on its Protector Edge plan and free coverage on its Protector plan.  

Read our C&F Travel Insured review here. 

Best for Pre-Existing Conditions: Tin Leg Travel Insurance

TinLeg Tin Leg Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Policy coverage includes most pre-existing health conditions
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous medical and evacuation amounts for peace of mind
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. COVID coverage included by default on all insurance plans
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Offers a wide range of plans for various budgets and travel needs
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Some plans offer CFAR, “cancel for work reasons,” financial default, and unemployment coverage
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited add-on coverage options
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Baggage loss and delay coverage is low compared to competitors

Tin Leg travel insurance offers eight travel insurance plans to meet the unique needs of travelers.

  • Tin Leg was founded in 2014 by the travel insurance industry experts at Squaremouth. Designed to meet the most common needs of travelers, these policies offer comprehensive Trip Cancellation and Trip Interruption benefits, and a range of Emergency Medical and Medical Evacuation limits.

Tin Leg Travel Insurance is a great fit for travelers with medical issues in particular. Seven of Tin Leg's eight travel plans include coverage for pre-existing conditions as long as you purchase your policy within 15 days of your initial trip payment.

Thanks to coverage for pre-existing medical conditions as well as for potential COVID-19 infection while traveling, this company offers some of the best financial investment options for travelers who are or will be exposed to higher health risks and issues.

Read our Tin Leg Travel Insurance review here.

Best for Digital Nomads: WorldTrips Travel Insurance

WorldTrips WorldTrips Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable base plans that can be customized with add-ons including rental car, pet care, hunting and fishing, and vacation rental coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Insurance plans available for international student travelers
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip delay coverage benefit that kicks in after just five hours
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Pre-existing conditions waiver can be purchased within 21 days of initial trip payment
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Lower medical, evacuation and accidental death limits
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Limited, secondary baggage loss coverage although baggage protection can be upgraded at a low cost
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. No special coverages for pets, sports equipment, etc.

WorldTrips has been a reputable travel insurance provider for more than 20 years. Unsurprisingly, it boasts an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and positive reviews from thousands of customers.

  • Travel medical insurance (Premium, Group, Annual, and International Student options)
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Trip protection insurance

WorldTrips Travel Insurance has affordable premiums, highly customizable add-ons, and generous coverage for core categories of travel insurance. All this makes it a great option for digital nomads, students studying abroad and backpackers.

However, travelers should keep in mind that plans are not particularly flexible, and coverage amounts are limited unless you plan ahead to pay for the areas and amounts that you need.

Read our WorldTrips Travel Insurance review here.

Best for Affordability: Trawick International Travel Insurance

Trawick Trawick International Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Useful for adventurous travelers headed to higher-risk destinations
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable plans with varying levels of coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. 10-day free look option
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Generous baggage loss replacement policy
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Trip delay coverage kicks in after just six hours
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Some policies allow a CFAR add-on
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Up to $1 million medical evacuation coverage limit
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Baggage and trip delay coverages don’t kick in until after the 12-hour mark
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. International student policies available for temporary stints abroad
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Complaints about claims not being paid or involving an intermediary to resolve claims

Trawick International travel insurance offers plans customized to diverse travelers' needs. We look at coverage options, claims processing, pricing, and other important factors for savvy travelers.

  • Travel medical insurance
  • Trip protection and cancellation
  • International student insurance
  • Visitor medical insurance (for traveling to the US)

Trawick International Travel Insurance is another insurance provider with robust medical travel insurance  that can help higher-risk and anxious travelers find peace of mind while on the road. This company offers one of the most generous medical evacuation policies in the market, although travelers will need to remember to add on rental car coverage if they need it.

Read our Trawick Travel Insurance review here.

Travelex Travelex Travel Insurance

  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Options to cover sports equipment
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Option to increase medical coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Can cancel up to 48 hours before travel when CFAR option is purchased
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Affordable coverage for budget-conscious travelers
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Includes generous baggage delay, loss and trip delay coverage
  • Check mark icon A check mark. It indicates a confirmation of your intended interaction. Optional "adventure sports" bundle available for riskier activities
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Only two insurance plans to choose from
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Medical coverage maximum is low at up to $50,000 per person
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Pricier than some competitors with lower coverage ceilings
  • con icon Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. Some competitors offer higher medical emergency coverage

Travelex travel insurance is one of the largest travel insurance providers in the US providing domestic and international coverage options. It offers a basic, select, and America option. Read on to learn more.

  • Optional CFAR insurance available with the Travel Select plan
  • Trip delay insurance starting at $500 with the Travel Basic plan
  • Emergency medical and dental coverage starting at $15,000

Travelex Travel Insurance  offers three plans:

  • Travel Basic
  • Travel Select
  • Travel America

The Travelex America plan is meant for trips limited to the U.S., but it has the highest coverage limits in many areas compared to its other programs. If you're flying somewhere, the lost baggage limits are higher. Its natural strengths shine for road trippers, though. Travelex America adds coverage for roadside service and rental car coverage for unexpected accidents. It also covers pets should you be involved in an accident while on the road.

While your standard auto insurance does extend to car rentals within the U.S. for a limited time, any accident would affect future rates. Travelex would eliminate the risk of reporting to your auto insurance provider for minor incidents within its purview.

Read our Travelex Travel Insurance review here.

Introduction to Travel Insurance

Why travel insurance is a must-have.

The unpredictable nature of traveling – from flight cancellations to medical emergencies – can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. Travel insurance acts as a personal safeguard, ensuring that unexpected events don't drain your wallet or ruin your trip.

Understanding Different Types of Travel Insurance

Not all travel insurance policies are created equal. From single-trip travel insurance policies to annual travel insurance plans , from minimal coverage to comprehensive protection, understanding the spectrum of options is your first step in finding the right fit for your journey.

Key Features to Look for in Travel Insurance Coverage

Travel insurance for medical emergencies.

Imagine falling ill in a foreign country; daunting, right? A robust travel insurance plan ensures you don't have to worry about how much emergency medical care while traveling will cost, even in the most remote corners of the globe. This coverage will often come in tandem with emergency medical evacuation coverage.

Trip Cancellation and Interruption Benefits

Life is full of surprises, some less pleasant than others. Trip cancellation and interruption coverage ensures that you're not left out of pocket if unforeseen circumstances force you to cancel or cut your trip short. You may also look for cancel for any reason and interruption for any reason options, which will reimburse you for a percentage of your nonrefundable fees, but expands the covered reasons you can cancel a trip. You can find our guide on the best CFAR travel insurance companies here.

Coverage for Personal Belongings and Baggage Loss

Losing your belongings is more than an inconvenience; it's losing a piece of your world. Insurance that covers personal belongings and baggage loss ensures that you're compensated for your loss, helping you to rebound and continue your adventure.

Support and Assistance Services

In times of trouble, having a lifeline can make all the difference. Look for insurance that offers 24/7 support and assistance services, giving you peace of mind that help is just a phone call away. Also, check websites that field customer reviews like Trustpilot, the Better Business Bureau, and InsureMyTrip , to see how well a company responds to customer requests.

Choosing the Best Travel Insurance

Reputation and reliability of the travel insurance provider.

A provider's reputation is not just about being well-known; it's about reliability, customer satisfaction, and the ability to deliver on promises. Researching and choosing a reputable provider is a cornerstone in ensuring your safety and satisfaction.

Understanding the Policy's Fine Print

The devil is in the details, and understanding the fine print of what your travel insurance policy covers is crucial. Be aware of coverage limits, exclusions, and the process for filing a claim to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Customer Reviews and Feedback

In the age of information, customer reviews and feedback are goldmines of insight. Learn from the experiences of others to gauge the reliability and customer service of the insurance provider you're considering. While the ratings are important, you should also look at whether or not a company responds to customer complaints.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Travel Insurance

Knowing your policy inside out.

Familiarize yourself with every aspect of your policy – what it covers, what it doesn't, how to file a claim, and who to contact in an emergency. Being informed means being prepared. 

Steps to Take When a Problem Arises

If you face an issue during your travels, knowing the immediate steps to take can make all the difference. Keep important contacts and your policy details handy, and remember, your insurance provider is there to assist you.

How to Pick the Best Travel Insurance Company for You

There isn't a one-size-fits-all policy that works perfectly for every traveler. Young, healthy solo travelers can opt for much cheaper plans that offer bare-bones coverage, while families juggling complex itineraries will do best by investing in a robust policy that can help defray any costs associated with lost baggage, delayed transportation or other trip-impeding obstacles.

That being said, you can't go wrong with a travel insurance provider that boasts a reputable history and offers a wide range of customizable plans. In some cases, you may be comparing plans that are only a few dollars' apart from each other. In such situations, you should generally opt for the insurance company that offers the strongest customer service. It's also worth considering whether or not the travel insurance provider has been reviewed by other travelers with similar itineraries to your own. 

An insurance aggregator like InsureMyTrip or Squaremouth is one of the best tools for searching travel insurance policies. Once you input the specifics of your travel itinerary, you'll be able to see hundreds of search results to compare the ones that catch your eye. If the options are too overwhelming, use the filters to the left of your search page to eliminate as many irrelevant plans as possible.

How We Reviewed the Best Travel Insurance Companies

To come up with our list of the best travel insurance companies, we evaluated each insurer based on the following factors:

Guide Methodology: What We Considered

Policy Types

Travel insurance is essential, but often underused partly because people aren't getting what they want. Business Insider's 2023 travel study showed 10.65% of travelers surveyed bought cancel for any reason insurance. Cost may be a factor, but in many cases, the coverage is more affordable than you might think. Regardless, companies must offer a diverse range of coverage options. We award five stars to companies offering all standard coverages and additional options like pet and sports equipment protection.

Our 2023 travel study indicated the majority of purchases were made through the travel provider (ex: flight protection insurance when you're purchasing your airline tickets). While these may be sufficient for some customers, we look for companies offering a more comprehensive range of services.

According to the U.S. Travel Insurance Association, the average cost of travel insurance will be between 4% and 8% of total travel expenses. Anything beyond that price point should include additional benefits beyond the standard inclusions, such as CFAR protection or upgraded medical coverage. Anything below that 4% threshold may leave you lacking important or sufficient coverage in an emergency.

Convenience and Flexibility

Whether you're an infrequent traveler or a suitcase warrior, a good travel insurance company should have you covered. In many cases, you might not even have to talk to a person in order to purchase your policy.

Many people think of travel insurance in context with specific trips, but most of these top contenders sell both single-trip and multi-trip policies, also known as annual travel insurance. Some companies also offer plans specifically designed for cruisers, students abroad, and business travelers. (Read our guide to the best cruise travel insurance companies for more details.) Finally, all of these providers offer multiple options for getting the specific areas and amounts of coverage that you want.

Claims Handling

Most travelers never have a large claim. Premiums are low, and it provides peace of mind for the just in case situations. So they leave reviews based on their reduced stress levels. But what happens if you lose your luggage or have to stay a few extra days due to an unexpected accident? Will your insurance carrier cover your claim without all the hassle? We check real customer reviews to sort this out for you.

Ease of Use and Support

When purchasing, during your trip, and throughout the claims process, you may need extra support. Does the company have a 24/7 help line? Does it have an online or mobile system allowing you to self-manage? Essentially, what are the options when you need help? We look at the big picture to evaluate the average customer experience with each company.

You can read our full insurance rating methodology for even more details.

Best Travel Insurance FAQs

There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for every traveler. Determine the benefits that are most important to you, like baggage delay coverage, medical coverage, and trip delay coverage, then look for a company with solid customer ratings, especially when it comes to processing claims.

Travel insurance will pay out if you experience a covered event, such as a travel delay or delayed or lost baggage. If you're looking to get travel insurance for a specific reason, such as needing to potentially cancel your trip due to work reasons, make sure your policy will cover you in that situation before purchasing it. You should also check customer reviews to see other travelers' claims experiences, as it varies wildly from company to company.

The average cost of travel insurance is 4% to 8% of your total trip cost, so it could vary widely depending on where you're traveling and the length of your trip. Your age, the number of people in your group, and other factors can also influence how much you'll pay.

Most comprehensive travel insurance policies include travel medical coverage that can come in handy if an emergency occurs and you need medical evacuation. Some travel insurance plans offer more specialized coverage for travelers with pre-existing conditions , so shop around if medical coverage is a top priority for you. 

$100,000 should be a sufficient medical coverage limit for travel insurance. If you're planning on doing extreme sports or anything particularly risky on your trip, you may want to increase your coverage level. A high medical coverage limit is especially useful when you're purchasing cruise travel insurance, since medical evacuations are more involved at sea.

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