Drive the Pacific Coast Highway
The Pacific Coast Highway via Route 101 or Route 1 stretches from below Los Angeles, California to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Probably the most famous part of the route is the section from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It is, without question, one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the US and certainly ranks high on a worldwide list as well. It is noted for its dramatic overlooks of the rugged west coast and access to spectacular areas such as, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, and Redwood National Park in California to name a few.
Several highlights of the drive:
Balboa Park/San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Seventeen-Mile Drive, Monterey
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco
Point Reyes National Seashore
Redwood National Park
Darlington State Natural Site, OR
Cannon Beach, OR
Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA
Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA.