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Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip: Things to do and see along Hwy 1

Scenic water views along the PCH California

My boyfriend and I just returned from a fabulous roadtrip up the California coast. The Pacific Coast Highway is an amazing drive – beautiful scenery and fantastic attractions along the way. From the beaches to the ocean views to the redwood trees, everything was fantastic! We will definitely be planning a longer trip the next time around.  Take a look at some of the highlights along our route!

Redwood National Forest

The most beautiful and worthy stop along the Pacific Coast Highway is the Redwood National Forest in Northern California. Located in Crescent City, this national park is a fantastic place for photography. The Redwood Trees are a magnificent sight – many are 100s of feet tall! The coast redwoods found in this park are the tallest on Earth. Redwood National Forest is a great place to stop and picnic and hike before getting back on the road. I recommend staying overnight somewhere in Humboldt county to allow yourself enough time to see everything!

Redwood Tree at Redwood National Forest in California

Trees of Mystery

Taking a gondola ride through the Redwood Trees is a once in a lifetime experience that should be added to everyone’s to do list! This tourist attraction located in Klamath, CA, near the Oregon border, was an absolute blast! For only $15, you can take a scenic gondola ride over 1500 feet up. The observation deck provides gorgeous views of the surrounding landscapes and Redwood Trees. The walking trail is an excellent way to learn more about the various Redwood Trees. This is also the location of the famous 49 foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

Trees of Mystery gondola ride - Klamath, CA

Views from the overlook at the Trees of Mystery in Klamath, CA

Paul Bunyan statue at Trees of Mystery in Klamath, CA

Golden Gate Bridge

One of the most unique ways to experience the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge is to take a walk across it! The pedestrian path is a great opportunity to take photos of yourself/family walking across the bridge! You will also have great views of the San Francisco skyline, the ocean, and the surrounding landscapes. The bridge itself is even more stunning in person than in photographs! The parking lot by the bridge is an excellent spot for taking gorgeous photography of the bridge.

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Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, CA

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View of San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge

SeaGlass Beach

There is a beach in Northern California’s Ft. Bragg, which is known for its’ abundance of seaglass. In fact, it is one of the top beaches in the US for avid seaglass collectors. The former location of an old dump, SeaGlass Beach is now shining with hundreds of thousands of pieces of the tumbled frosted glass. For those of you who are unfamiliar with seaglass, here is the story. Seaglass is formed from a combination of time and tumbling; old bottles and other forms of glass are tumbled smooth over time from years of tumbling along the rocks. Walking along this beach is a truly memorable experience as all the glass shimmers in the sun; it feels as though you are walking across jewels!

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Handful of seaglass at Seaglass Beach in Ft. Bragg, CA

Beautiful views of the waves at SeaGlass Beach in Ft. Bragg, CA

Seaside State Beach

Seaside State Beach is a stunning beach located in Monterey County, California. Being an avid seaglass collector I just had to stop at this beach as it is ranked as one of the best in the country! Not only did we find plenty of beautiful seaglass, we also enjoy the beautiful scenery and quiet atmosphere. What a relaxing beach to spend the day at – few crowds, clean sand, and nice waves!

Seaside State Beach - Monterey, CA

Seaside State Beach - Monterey, California

To see more photography we took during our PCH drive, visit the following post!

Attraction Address & Pricing Info:

Redwood National Forest
Address: 1111 Crescent Street Crescent City, CA 95531
Price: Free!

Trees of Mystery
Address: 15500 US 101 Klamath, CA 95548
Price: $15 per adult

Golden Gate Bridge (pedestrian walk)
Address: 201 Fort Mason San Francisco, CA 94123
Price: Free! (to walk across – parking meters will run a tiny fee)

SeaGlass Beach
Address: Elm Street & Old Haul Rd. Ft. Bragg, CA 95437
Price: Free!

Seaside State Beach
Address: Hwy 218 Seaside, CA 93955
Price: Free!

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