One of our favorite road trips ever was driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco along the Pacific Coast Highway. We pretty much just drove until we saw a scenic lookout sign, pulled over, and took pictures of the gorgeous scenery along the coast. One minute, it can be bright and sunny, and the next, your view is filled with billowing fog. We loved the rugged coastline and natural beauty of this part of the country. Take a look!
Solvang – adorable Danish town with the best Danish pancakes at Paula’s Pancake House. Pro tip: get ice cream with your pancake!
Hearst Castle – huge, ornate estate of William Randolph Hearst
Elephant Seal Beach – Piedras Blancas Beach is home to thousands of elephant seals just lounging on the beach. It’s worth a stop!
McWay Falls – right off PCH, this waterfall flows right into the aqua blue ocean. It is beautiful and well worth the stop and short hike.
Big Sur – a lovely area along PCH with some of the most picturesque and iconic views of the California coastline
Bixby Bridge – a famous bridge in Big Sur and one of the most photographed areas of PCH
Carmel Valley – a beautiful little town nestled in a valley about 12 miles inland from PCH. Have a meal on the patio at The Corkscrew Cafe.
Muir Woods National Monument – north of San Francisco, this is a great place to see towering Redwoods, go hiking, and enjoy flourishing green ferns.
Napa/Sonoma/Russian River/Alexander Valleys – take your pick, and visit some of the most gorgeous wine country there is to see. There are stunning wineries and vineyards all around these areas and cute little wine towns to match.