New Bucket List Road Trip Created as UK & Irelands Answer to Route 66

An estimated 200,000 people travel from across America and the world every year to drive all or part of the iconic Route 66 stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The route has great historical and cultural significance, forming part of a ‘bucket list’ for many people, and ranked by Britons in the top 10 of ‘things to do before you die’.

To help people explore the UK & Ireland, Jurys Inns Hotels have created a new road trip to go onto the bucket list.

Introducing ‘Route 57’ – a drive across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland with 57 must-see destinations along the way, of similar mileage and drive-time to Route 66.

The route is made up of ten shorter road trips to allow people to do part or all of the route at their leisure, in any order, all at once or gradually.

One of the route sections looks at the North East of England, starting in Middlesbrough and ending in Edinburgh. It takes in much of Northumberland, including the North Pennines AONB, Kielder Water & Forest Park and Northumberland AONB.

Jurys Inn Hotels hope to see it turn into a bucket list item, boosting local tourism with people travelling from home and abroad for the drive, just like with Route 66.

See Route 57 at, complete with pictures and descriptions of all 57 destinations and a map at the end for journey planning.