West Coast USA Road Trip Itinerary -16 Amazing Places By car

Seattle - San Diego route length:2906.576 km number of points of interest:16

Pacific coast highway (Pacific Coast Highway - PCH) is probably one of the most famous travel itinerary in the world. Travelers flock from around the globe to rent a car and go on a winding highway road trip USA, which stretches along the coast of California, Oregon and Washington. If you are planning a trip down (or up) the West coast of the United States. 

After a solo trip in 2018 I put together this comprehensive guide to the great stops, breathtaking sights and incredible sense of freedom that you can find driving along Pacific coast highway. First of all you need to decide which direction you prefer to move along the Pacific coast highway (North or South). Can I make a recommendation? From North to South! As you go from the ocean :)

This is Amazing American Road Trip!

Interesting places


Seattle is a rich direction. People like Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Underground Tour. And travelers will be rewarded by learning about the glorious restaurants of the city, the local distilleries and Breweries, and museums on topics from art to aviation. On rainy days, relax in quaint cafes, take a stroll through the nearby shops, or visit an independent bookstore on Capitol hill. Want to get out of town? Take a day trip to Bainbridge Island, Tacoma, Leavenworth, or Mount Rainier.

Port Angeles

Stop for one night. You can visit the waterfall Marker The Marymere falls trail is a great walk if you are looking for something easy and fast. I would estimate about one and a half hours (there and back). It is a beautiful walk through the woods at a very well-groomed and wide trail. It is flat almost all the way except the last 200 metres. This is basically a ladder up the cliff, so you can capture the beautiful view, waterfalls are very beautiful. It is recommended for almost all. Even if you don't want to take the stairs at the end, it's still a great hike up the stairs, and there are a couple of great places where you can stop and wait for those who want to go, if that's your preference.

Long Beach Peninsula

There are so many things to see and do. A great place to visit for people of all ages! From flying kites on the beach before shopping and cooking your own seafood. Many historical places to visit. Great brewery pub in long beach - North Jetty Brewery.

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a fantastic place for walks and games. You can look at the natural beauty of Haystack rock. We parked all day for free public Parking near the North end of the beach, at the intersection of North Larch and West 2nd street. It is a short walk from taverns and Breweries bill. After Parking we went to Whale Park and then down the beach to see haystack Rock. The beach offers no facilities but you can find them inside the country.


In Portland I recommend to visit: Multnomah Falls This is a must see ! You can bypass the waterfall around the base and near the bridge, without straining, or you can hike to the top. It's a pretty easy hike, just take your time and be prepared for lots of people. I highly recommend to go very early or very late. Try The Beer Currently, the City of roses is the largest number of Breweries of any city in the world, and you don't need to go far to get to places of beer, such as Bend, Hood River, Eugene, and the coast. There is always something new to taste and new brewery, which opens its doors. ALBERTA STREET RESTAURANTS Whatever you decide to eat, you can't miss the drawings that adorn the walls of the streets of Alberta. Street art in this part of town raises it to a new level!


Directly Head Outstanding Natural Area This is a must see for everyone! Don't forget to visit the information centre. So much information and some great photos. A great stop you can't miss. $ 7,00 entrance if you do not pass in a state Park, but it is valid for 3 days. Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area Nature never ceases to be amazing and the punch bowl is a place that you can watch.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

This state Park, which is also part of Redwood National and state parks, is approximately 10,000 acres, but comprises 7% of the world's oldest Redwood forest. He is the fourth of the seven largest coastal forest of red in the world, the Del Norte Titan, the Lost Monarch, El Viejo del Norte and the Howland Hill Giant (all four are easy to find, as all are located near roads or main trails). The main attractions are the Stout Grove and Howland Hill Road and the Boy Scout Trail. I highly recommend campsite located in a forest of mahogany on the banks of the Smith river. This camping fully serviced, with running water, toilets, coin showers, fire pits, and protected from bears containers. In the summer across the river Smith set a temporary pedestrian bridge to get to Stout Grove. The campsites are in great demand at this time so book in advance.

Fort Bragg Glass Beach

Free, close to city centre, and original - even if you're just passing, check this short walk and a beautiful view of the ocean in your trip. Move closer to the rocky beach to see the colorful sea glass

Point Reyes National Seashore

In this place is enough space for Parking, but during the weekends it is crowded. The walk to the lighthouse along the coastline reveals breathtaking views and very picturesque. The stairs can be tiring for the elderly, but it is definitely worth it The views from the lighthouse are stunning, you are the entire ocean. We went upstairs around 5 PM and stayed until sunset when the sea turns into a spectacle, and you think it burns. Photos during sunset was stunningly amazing

San Francisco

San Francisco - a city that is easy to love. Its vintage charm is enough to win the hearts of travelers from around the world, but this "City by the Bay" can offer much more than just cool weather and the Golden gate! After only one visit, foodies, fashionistas and culture enthusiasts will understand why San Francisco is perhaps one of the greatest cities in the United States. Here are some places that are worth a visit: Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli Square, Ocean Beach, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, SFMOMA, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks

Pigeon Point Light Station

Station traffic light "point-dove" near the CA1, and it can be seen passing by. When we visited the light station was updated and the Fresnel lens used in the lighting, was on display. What an impressive piece of technology! Trail and viewing platform behind the lighthouse and in front of the lighthouse have a great view of the Pacific ocean and the lighthouse respectively. Was the signs that this is a great place for whale watching. In the list, exhibited outside of the lighthouse, also mentions that the whale noticed 2 days before our visit. But while we were there, we did not see them Here you can also see the remains of whales. Near the entrance there is Parking and a relaxation room. There is no charge for admission.

Bixby Bridge

The Bixby bridge is a great example of quality engineering in a difficult place. Before the bridge was built, travelers had to go 10 miles up the canyon to Bixby to cross it, before returning to the coast. More than 300,000 feet of boards were used for construction formwork with a height of 250 feet to support the construction of a concrete arch. The deck is located 260 feet above the stream. The views are good from the South side, the North. We were there in low season, so the field area on the North side was only 4 or 5 cars. We also walked along the highway (after a thorough check of both directions) along the old coast road to get the view of the Eastern side of the bridge. Be careful when Parking - be completely out of the way. Watch out for their personal safety when close to the highway and other people who pull in and out.

Pismo State Beach

It's just a great place to explore the beautiful wide sandy beaches, and you can get there or from the area of the Pismo beach and walk along the pier, or you can get there through the Park and Groves of the Monarch, which I prefer. Near the Monarch Grove when you enter the beach, there are usually many different types of birds and wildlife, and it's just a different kind of experience, and it's not a very long walk.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is one of the most glamorous cities in California, with a magnificent Spanish-style architecture and an impressive promenade with palm trees on a background of mountains that glow pink in the light of the late evening. In 1925, a strong earthquake destroyed most of the city, and it was rebuilt in the style of Spanish colonial revival, which led to the graceful architecture that you see today. Here are some places to visit: Mission Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, Santa Barbara Zoo, Whale Watching Tours, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and the Sea Center, MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

Los Angeles

In Los Angeles is so big that it can be staggering. Of course, doing the same as every other tourist can be even more frustrating, especially when L. A. has so much to offer. Novice traveler it can be difficult to decide where to go and what to do. In the end, your time and money are valuable resources. But there are some secrets that will make its first trip to our city a lot easier. Los Angeles should not be a stunning experience. In fact, it can (and should be) extremely varied, useful and interesting way to pass the time. Here are some places to visit: The Getty Center, Universal Studios Hollywood, California Science Center, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, Walt Disney Concert Hall

San Diego

Jewel in San Diego is Balboa Park, an oasis area of 1100 acres in the heart of the city. Here you will find carefully manicured gardens, Hiking trails and places to stay, and also the country's largest urban cultural Park, which is home to 15 museums. And if that's not enough in the Park you will also find the world famous zoo of San Diego. Seething quarter Gaspe in the city center, accentuated by dazzling Victorian architecture, is a place where locals and visitors go for shopping, dinners and nightlife. Locomotive movement is in full swing, with a menu consisting of generous servings products San Diego, from seafood and beef to fruits and vegetables. Mexican food is also a priority, as a humble fish Taco is an immigrant from Baja California - are firmly entrenched as the favorite fast food of the city. On the more subtle side are the sumptuous restaurants of La Jolla, including two signature places in the area (both with stunning views): "Sea room" and "George's at the Cove".

reviews (2)

  • Василий01 April 2019

  • JacobWarner04 April 2019

    I would add the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Outer Banks of North Carolina as must sees!

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