Thirty states in the U.S. have coastlines, so what makes California so epic that you should devote an entire road trip solely to its splendor? For starters, how about redwoods, amazing beaches, waves, trails and, oh yes, just a couple of epic campgrounds.
Don’t take our word for it—Load up the truck and hit the road to see for yourself. With several hundred miles to explore, you can follow in our footsteps or flip the route around and start at the southern end of the state, working your way north.
Plan Your Trip: Exploring the California Coast
Places to see: The Redwoods – False Klamath Cove – Tour Thru Tree – Humboldt Lagoons State Park – Patrick’s Point State Park – MacKerricher State Park – Marin Headlands – Lands End – Sutro Baths – Giant Camera – Corona Heights – Big Sur – Big Sur Riverside Campground and Cabins – Asilomar State Beach – Phoebe’s Cafe – 17-Mile Drive – Refugio State Beach – Venice Beach
All photos by Caroline Whatley and Erin McGrady of Authentic Asheville.