There’s a longstanding debate over which coast is best. I haven’t been to the East Coast much but I’m sure it’s pretty great! However, being from and living on the West Coast, I have to say… West Coast is the best coast. Don’t believe me? Well if you ever find yourself with a lot of vacation days, money, and a thirst for nature (I currently only have 1/3 of those), then this article is for you! I’ve been fantasizing about the ultimate road trip across the Western coast (and a little inland) for awhile now and I finally laid it all out.
If you ever go on this trip (or parts of it), I’d love to hear about your experiences!
NOTE: This trip and these places are just suggestions based on what I’ve read, not based on experiences I’ve had, unless otherwise noted. The trip idea starts and ends in Los Angeles since that is where I live. One day I hope to take this trip but for now, I’ll continue planning it!
Based on what I’ve read and heard, here are some ideas:
Angels Landing, The Narrows, and Observation Point
(2) SALT LAKE CITY (UT)
I don’t know much about this park but Renee & Matthew Hahnel, two incredibly inspirational photographers, recently did a trip to all 59 National Parks and posted this article about Grand Teton on Evolve’s website.
Old Faithful and the Grand Prismatic Spring
The drive on Icefields Parkway seems worth the trip in and of itself!
(11) VANCOUVER (British Columbia)
(13) SEATTLE (WA)
(16) PORTLAND (OR)
I’ve driven on this highway and it’s amazing! There are so many places to stop and hike, see waterfalls, and look out over the Columbia River that acts as a border between Washington and Oregon. I’d especially recommend the look out at the Women’s Forum Scenic Viewpoint.
(22) SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
(23) BIG SUR (CA)
Photos on the map are stock images from the Internet. Photos in the blog post were taken by me.