59. Drive the Pacific Coast in California, USA

Ranked #59 in our countdown of ‘100 Ultimate Travel Experiences of a Lifetime’.


Hugging the coastline from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the Pacific Coast Highway is best driven south to north for far better gawk factor.

It’s a mix of outrageously laidback luxury in Carmel-by-the-Sea (stay here as long as the credit card can take it!), the true remote wilderness of Big Sur where mountains cascade into the Pacific Ocean, and the glitzy wine countries of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Pacific as whales plume so very close to the shore.


Stunning beaches, roaring surf, some of the world’s largest trees and gorgeous coastal villages – this is the US at its very, very best.”

– Craig Tansley

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