There's a good reason it’s called America's Best Free Attraction. If you're looking for breathtaking scenery, the Pacific Coast will not let you down. Start in Washington state at Olympic National Park and head south to San Diego to see some of the country’s most beautiful seaside views.
Total Length: 1,500 miles
States Included: Washington, Oregon, California
To plan your road trip, use our search along the route tool to find hotels on the Pacific Coast route—just enter your starting and ending points to get started.
Want suggestions for things to do and see on the way? Here are some of the most popular points of interest:
This stunning national park attracts many visitors on the Pacific Coast Route. The uniquely positioned Olympic Peninsula offers ocean overlooks and views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. Olympic National Park is also an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.
Exploring one of the country’s most beautiful forests and some of the world’s largest trees is definitely a reason to stop your car. Redwood National and State Parks are actually a string of parks that have been declared an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.
When you think of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is probably the first landmark that comes to mind. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s also the most photographed bridge in the world. Enjoy the views and take a tour to learn about the bridge’s fascinating history.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the country’s biggest attractions, with almost two million visitors each year. Close to one of the world’s largest underwater canyons, it is surrounded by exceptionally diverse marine life. All in all, the aquarium is home to over 350,000 marine animals and plants.
The Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument sits on 127 acres (a small part of the 250,000 acre original ranch) in Central California, in the hills of San Simeon. The 115-room main building, surrounded by pools and gardens, was a playground for the Hollywood celebrities who stayed there before it was given to the State of California in 1958.
Visit this busy vintage boardwalk, featuring an amusement park with a roller coaster and Ferris Wheel. Located just a few miles from Hollywood, the Pier is filled with restaurants, shops, carnival games and street performers. Walk the length of the pier for views of the ocean and city.
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