7 Day Itinerary with best stops down the coast

Complete California Coast Road Trip

Going from North to South, take 7 days to drive the Pacific Coast Highway in California.

Or just do the San Francisco to LA drive for more time to do all the stops.

The Northern California Coast is home to the epic Redwoods

Easy hiking and amazing forests all along the Highway 1 drive

Stop on the Sonoma Coast for beaches and wine country.

The Pacific Coast highway goes through three different wine regions, all with their own beautiful beaches.

Stop for at least one day in San Francisco on the drive to LA.

For a shorter California Coast road trip, start your itinerary in San Francisco, then drive the Pacific Coast Highway to San Diego.

Visit historic missions along El Camino Real on Hwy 1 and 101.

Some of the most beautiful places on a California Coast road trip

Driving the Big Sur Coast is like a vintage postcard

The Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls and more make great stops on a California Coast road trip.

Plan a stop at Hearst Castle just off the Pacific Coast Highway.

Add time in San Simeon for beaches and to see the elephant seals

One more small town stop on the California Coast Road Trip: Guadalupe

Visit the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes, Santa Maria Valley wine country and enjoy California barbecue.

Discover vintage Los Angeles with a day in LA.

Visit the Farmers Market, Silver Lake and Grand Central for a look at old Hollywood in SoCal.

Finish the drive on the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to San Diego

Lots of beaches, food trucks and sunshine are in this last stretch of your California Coast road trip.

End the road trip in San Diego. Spend a few days relaxing and living out your Southern California dreams.

Beach communities offer fun and culture. A great end to your trip down the California Coast.

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Build your itinerary from 5 to 10 days driving the Pacific Coast Highway.