Pacific Coast Highway
Welcome to the Pacific Coast Highway, America’s dream drive. Take a road trip along the coastlines of Washington, Oregon and California. The West Coast is made for a road trip!
The Pacific Coast Highway begins in Olympia, Washington, and ends in Los Angeles, California. You can also drive from south to north, working your way up the California coastline and into the Pacific Northwest. Either way, your journey will be amazing
This 1,700-mile span will take you through Washington State’s lush Olympic National Park and its rugged, rocky coastline and glacier-capped mountains. Forks, Washington, where author Stephenie Meyer based her wildly popular Twilight book series, is a unique town to visit. Drive south to Ocean Shores, which caters to beach lovers.
As you meander farther south, the Pacific Coast Highway will follow the famed Oregon coastline. You’ll want to stop at Cannon Beach, known for its amazing tide pools created by the rock formations around Haystack Rock. The Oregon Dune National Recreational Area houses the largest expanse of sand dunes and stands 500 feet above sea level, stretching from the small beach towns of Florence to Coos Bay.
Once in California, you’ll pass through stunning redwood forests, artsy and eclectic towns, and beaches like nowhere else on Earth. Northern California’s Redwood National Park and the massive Humboldt Redwoods State Park offer plenty of opportunity for hiking and taking in the towering redwood trees—you can even drive through base of a redwood in the Avenue of the Giants.
If you’ve never crossed the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Traveling south, you’ll drive the spectacular Monterey Peninsula, home to the old fishing town of Monterey, forever immortalized by Nobel Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck and The Monterey Jazz Festival.
The natural masterpiece called Big Sur is home to California’s most dramatic coastline, virtually inaccessible before the Pacific Coast Highway was built. San Simeon marks the end of Big Sur, where you can dine at the family-owned Nepenthe restaurant. In San Luis Obispo, don’t miss William Randolph Hearst’s splendid and grand Hearst Castle situated high above the California Coast. Nearby, the kitschy Madonna Inn offers one-of-a-kind accommodations.
The Pacific Coast Highway winds through Malibu and the popular Zuma Beach with its white sands and stellar surf, a great spot for a swim if you’re feeling like a dip. Near the end of the road trip, U.S. 101 passes through Hollywood, and he Pacific Coast Highway officially ends in Los Angeles.
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