5 Places To Visit While Taking a PCH Road Trip

Spring is finally here

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Photo: Unsplash/@nina33

Spring is finally here. I don’t know about y’ll but this Winter felt really long. Although Spring in California began with a lot of rain and chilly weather, it’s important to embrace the rain in order to see the flowers bloom. But, now that the sun is out, we can all come out of hibernation and enjoy the beautiful 70-degree California weather. You can embrace the beautiful gift of nature that Spring offers us, by taking a road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway.

PCH is one of the most beautiful, picturesque roads in the United States. You have the ocean to the left and beautiful hills to the right. Along the way during your road trip you can stop at the cute beach towns and nature parks. Not sure exactly how to plan your PCH road trip? Let me give you a few tips!


Santa Barbara

Wine, shopping, and coastal views is what you will find in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. Take a walk along State St. where you will find endless places to shop, eat, and drink. On the southern point of State St. you will find Stearns Wharf, a great pier to admire the ocean and feel the breeze. There are also beautiful nature options such as the beaches and places you can hike at.


Pismo Beach

About an hour and a half north of Santa Barbara you will find Pismo Beach. Pismo Beach is a small town mostly known for its beautiful beaches. Take time to walk along the shore while you soak in the sun. The town is also known for its Sand Dunes where you can spend the day adventuring on an ATV.


Big Sur

The magic of Big Sur can be felt in the air. This beautiful nature site is great for hiking and sightseeing, and camping. Drive across the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge or take a hike to see the McWay Falls, a beautiful waterfall that falls into the Pacific Ocean.


Santa Cruz

Stop at Santa Cruz and let your inner kid out at their famous boardwalk, where you will find vintage fair rides! Scream as loud as you want on their Giant Dipper Roller Coaster or enjoy the view from the Ferris wheel.


Redwood National Park


Close to the end of PCH (on the California State side) you will find the Redwood National Park. This forest is home to beautiful redwood trees, which are some of the tallest trees in the world! Rent a cabin to enjoy the many hiking trails this beautiful park has to offer.

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