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15 Most Beautiful Places to Visit on the West Coast

As a California native, I say the following with obvious and admitted bias: the West Coast is the best coast. Urban oases like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle attract visitors from around the world for good reason. However, if anyone asks me for itinerary assistance, I push for balancing city sojourns with slow escapes to the West Coast’s most beautiful spots – none of which are smack dab in the middle of a city, in my opinion. Here are 15 of the best places to visit on the West Coast, arranged from south to north, that really show off the treasures of the region’s contiguous states: Washington, Oregon, and California.

Big Sur, California:
The undulating 90-mile length of California’s Central Coast known as Big Sur is the stuff of travel lore. Much of the road is right at the edge of a cliff, so if you don’t have incomparable sea views, it’s likely only because you’ve been enveloped in fog. While I love a misty morning, sunny days here are spectacular. Enjoy iconic McWay Falls from above via Overlook Trail, explore Andrew Molera State Park, and trek along Pfeiffer Falls Trail. A stop at Big Sur Bakery is another itinerary must. Be sure to check that the road is open before you visit, as the road’s precarious placement means it’s regularly impacted by winter rains and mudslides. Read more…

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