The Pacific West Coast Highway is one of the top road trips to take due to it taking approximately 30 hours total to drive from the Mexican border through California and all the way to the Canadian border. Like the case with most road trips, there are stops along the way that are worth it and stops that aren’t as worth it. Here is a list of the must see stops to make on your Pacific West coast highway road trip.
One of the most popular hot spots to check out along the Pacific West Coast is Seattle, Washington. Seattle has an iconic skyline, an interesting history, and coffee joints galore. It is the home of Starbucks after all.
The Redwood National Park is home to the beautiful and vast redwood forest. You can see the famous chandelier tree. You can see these beautiful trees that inspired a line in the American patriotic song “This Land is Your Land”.
If you love wine, you must stop in Napa Valley. The views here are beautiful and you can take a hot air balloon to take it all in.
San Francisco is rich with sites to see. The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown, and the iconic San Fran cable car transit system are all well worth the stop to check out. There are numerous other sites though in this vast city.
Just south of Carmel there is the foggy coastline city of Big Sur. You can sometimes spot sea otters along the coastline here and there are various spots to eat with breathtaking views.
Stop at the San Diego Zoo, the beach, surf, or view a brewery in San Diego. The city of San Diego has a bit of something for everyone.