Essential Travel Experience #1

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

Balboa ParkKoala Bear, San Diego Zoo

                   Santa Barbara, CA

Mission Santa Barbara

                   Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA   

Hearst Castle

                   Big Sur                 

Big Sur

                  Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

                  Seventeen-Mile Drive, Monterey

Lone Cypress, Seventeen-Mile Drive

                  Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge

                  Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco

Muir Woods

                  Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

                  Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

                  Darlington State Natural Site, OR 

Pitcher Plants (Darlingtonia)

                  Cannon Beach, OR 

Cannon Beach

                  Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

Ruby Beach

                  Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park, WA

Hoh Rain Forest


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