Highway US 101 parallels the coast of Oregon, sometimes only a few meters from the breaking waves and never more than a few kilometers distant and as the Oregon Coast is generally considered to be among the most beautiful in the world, the drive along US 101 is an epic road trip. July of this summer my wife and I, along with our two dogs, loaded up our classic 1988 motor home and spent several days exploring the Oregon Coast. Among the most spectacular of the sights was Haystack Rock, located in Cannon Beach.
The largest monolith in the world sits majestically in the center of the Australian landmass. With the beautiful rocks of Kata Tjuta (meaning 'many heads' in the traditional aboriginal _Pinjantjatjara_ language) nearby (well, 50 kms by road distant from Uluru which _is_ nearby if you are used to driving Australian distances!), this is one of the most amazing areas in the world that you can visit.