The Pacific Coast Highway, or State Route 1, is one of California’s most thrilling and breathtaking highways. With winding roads along the shore and waves crashing against the steep cliffs, you will find yourself completely dumbfounded.
The central California Coast route encompasses Monterey Bay, Carmel-by-the-sea, Point Lobos State Reserve, Big Sur, Bixby Bridge, Morro Bay, the cutest elephant seals, and Hearst Castle — which everyone should visit at least once (it’s the first-ever castle in California). But you can choose to go further north or south. Whichever direction, starting point, or ending point you choose, you won’t regret cruising through this one-of-a-kind highway.
Here are 20 photos to inspire you to take a California coast road trip!