The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the world. It starts from California’s southern border near the Mexican border stretching all the way to the northern border with Oregon. There are stunning coastal views for miles and miles with seaside villages and untouched forest along the way. Here are 25 pictures that will inspire you to visit the California Coast.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse is one of the most charming lighthouses on the Pacific coast highway. It stands on a rocky foreland and has long been a beacon for ships approaching the San Francisco Bay from the south. The lighthouse and the surrounding area has been preserved as a California state park. The lighthouse also serves as a hostel.
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The Frommers travel guide holds the Golden Gate Bridge as “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”
A trip to the intertidal area at low tide will yield bountiful views of sea creatures, especially starfish.
McWay falls is part of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park, a well-regarded pioneer lady in Big Sur. The recreation center extends from the Big Sur coastline into adjacent 3,000-foot edges. It includes redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from stone precipices into the sea from the Overlook Trail. An all-encompassing perspective of the sea and miles of rugged coastline is accessible from the higher heights along the trails east of Highway 1.
Redwood sorrel is a shade-loving plant that thrives under the giant redwood.
The Rhododendron macrophyllum is a bush or little tree that develops in parts of the Redwood park. This plant’s range includes north into Oregon, Washington, marginally reaching over the fringe into Canada, and south towards Monterey County, California. Some people call it a bush, and some can grow into only a couple of feet. In any case, the tallest is upwards of 35 feet tall vertical, or 40 feet level.
The Bolinas Ridge Trail, particularly prevalent with mountain bikers, starts on the ridgeline east of Olema Valley, with stopping off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The trail crosses moving seaside rangeland enters towering redwoods, and tears into open chaparral before it achieves its southern trailhead at Alpine Road on Mount Tamalpais—offering perspectives of Bolinas Lagoon, Tomales Bay, and the Pacific Ocean along the way.
Big Sur is a scantily populated district of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise from the Pacific Ocean. Despite that it has no particular limits, numerous meanings of the territory join the 90 miles (140 km) of coastline from the Carmel River in Monterey County south to the San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County and stretch out around 20 miles inland toward the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucias.
Point Reyes is a cape in Northern California. Drakes Bay and Drake’s Estero are named after English seafarer Sir Francis Drake who potentially pulled his ship, the Golden Hinde, up onto the shoreline for repairs in June 1579. Inverness Ridge keeps running along the peninsula’s northwest-southeast spine, with forested crests around 430 meters (1,400 ft). West of the edge, the area levels out and the vegetation swings to scour.
At the northwestern corner of San Francisco, there is a progression of surprising perspectives every step of the way in this wild and blustery trail. The slopes are covered in cypress and wildflowers, and there are perspectives of wrecks and access to the remains of Sutro showers.
There you go. California Coast Pictures that will convince you to go on a road trip to the California Coast. Ready to hit the road?