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Get one for motorcycles, they have a twisty and curvy road option which in many cases are also scenic drives
Yep, that's what I have: a Garmin Zumo 590 and it has a wonderful "Curvy Roads" feature that I absolutely love


TwentyEightTripsLater, if you let us know what kind of side trips you like to make (hiking, historical, caves, beaches, forests, mountains, cows) we can probably give you some more specific suggestions


One that I can give you is Škocjan Caves. I am not really "into" caves, but we were nearby and checked it out. It was absolutely amazing

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I've done Munich - Slovenia a few times - once including a detour driving a van towing a trailer across an Alpine pass due to a tunnel fire.

The whole trip seems pretty doable to me and sounds a great itinerary.

Keeping flexible might be a good idea in case you do end up driving too much and want a break - which may be tricky if you pre-book accommodation.
Thanks for the feedback. I think in this scenario it simply requires discipline and knowledge of one's own limitations. This past April I drove 1301 KM around Nevada, Arizona, and Utah in 2.5 days. I'd say by the end of that part of the trip I was happy to not be driving. Munich to Bled, Slovenia is 361 KM one way, this would probably be the first leg for me. Then on to the coast in two days let's say.
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Yep, that's what I have: a Garmin Zumo 590 and it has a wonderful "Curvy Roads" feature that I absolutely love


TwentyEightTripsLater, if you let us know what kind of side trips you like to make (hiking, historical, caves, beaches, forests, mountains, cows) we can probably give you some more specific suggestions


One that I can give you is Škocjan Caves. I am not really "into" caves, but we were nearby and checked it out. It was absolutely amazing

So - help us help you
DantesDame,

Thanks for the offer of help. I like the idea of hiking but really have never been. I haven't toured a cave in many years but that sounds fun (the one you linked too looks awesome). I like historical things and museums, even if they are a tad dorky. Who doesn't like a beach? I'm looking forward to a quiet swim in the Adriatic (If you've ever seen the last shot of Le mépris, I picture something to that effect). I think mountains are majestic, and prefer to eat cows as opposed to looking at them

On my last European trip in June 2016, the major stops were Genève, Zürich, and Prague. Although I was sick for part of the time I was in Zürich, what I noticed is both Swiss cities didn't offer much in the way of activities (although I took a nice tour in Genève). Prague of course was much more touristy, and wallet friendly. I realize the trip I'm proposing takes me to many small places, I feel there is much to see "off the beaten path". In the US, a trip through Western Virginia has more interesting things to see than most US cities, at least for the eternal traveler.

I like to drive, sometimes without even a destination. Two Las Vegas trips ago I took a Corvette convertible out to the desert and just cruised. I eventually stumbled across a desert park and shot a few hundred pictures there. I envision such a thing again, except with more culture and hopefully more local interaction.
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...for part of the time I was in Zürich, what I noticed is both Swiss cities didn't offer much in the way of activities (although I took a nice tour in Genève).
Zurich is a super place in which to live, but you wouldn't want to visit. On a flying visit you'll want to be amazed but quality of life is a nebulous phrase which can't be instagrammed.

Ask yourself what it is you're seeking on your great escape. Seeing as much as possible is bound to result in regret, not to mention be bloody exhausting.

Road trips are magnificent opportunities to escape your daily grind and offer a sense of freedom, but I feel this is an American chimera. "Wherever you go, there you are." Personally, I'd have a destination and take your time in getting there, rather than trying to pack everything in. It's the journey rather than the arrival and the journey needn't involve machines.

However your trip pans out, you're in for a hell of a time in Lichtenstein. It's a magical place, where space-time bends beyond anything you've ever experienced before. An hour in Vaduz is the ultimate reboot.
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DantesDame,

Thanks for the offer of help. I like the idea of hiking but really have never been. I haven't toured a cave in many years but that sounds fun (the one you linked too looks awesome). I like historical things and museums, even if they are a tad dorky. Who doesn't like a beach? I'm looking forward to a quiet swim in the Adriatic (If you've ever seen the last shot of Le mépris, I picture something to that effect). I think mountains are majestic, and prefer to eat cows as opposed to looking at them
Excellent! Oh, and for the record: I don't like the beach But I understand that many people do, so I can see why you'd want to go swimming in the Adriatic.

Cows: if you're going to be in Bled, then do yourself a favor and have the filet at Sova. It was seriously the best steak I have ever eaten in my life. Even now, it brings a tear to my eye it was that good.

If you pop into Croatia, the hill towns are interesting to visit. Grožnjan is probably the closest and nicest one to the border.

Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy is a fancy-schmancy ski town which normally would hold no interest for me. But the mountains are amazing and there are good cable cars to get up high if you don't want to hike too much. The shops along the main street are some of the more interesting ones I've seen at a tourist destination. The variety of things offered and the beautiful window displays were really fun to see.


While we didn't spend too much time in Slovenia other than to drive through, we were both very impressed with the country and are excited to go back and explore further.
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