5 of the Coolest Drives to Take in California


One of the most beautiful things about California is just how diverse it is compared to the rest of the United States. With millions and millions of visitors every single year, locations like the Pacific Coast highway are always big draws, enabling people to live their American road trip dreams in style and safety.

If you’ve always wanted to take a big American road trip, here are five of the coolest routes to take in the state of California.

Long Beach Freeway

A trip along the Interstate 710, will show you visit some of California’s best and most iconic sights, including the new Long Beach Bridge. This behemoth is considered one of the greatest bridges in the world, according to webuildvalue.com! Start in central Los Angeles and make your way through the state down to the beautiful ocean shorelines of Long Beach, taking in all of the interesting geographic diversity that makes up the region.

Death Valley Scenic Byway

This takes you on an adventure through one of California’s most remote but interesting areas. The Death Valley National Park boasts the hottest, lowest, and driest point in all of North America with 3.3 million acres of amazing desert scenery and rare wildlife.

Big Sur Coastal Route

There are few drives more iconic and breathtaking that the Big Sur coastal route. Rolling along Highway 1, you hug the coastline for miles, where you’re invited to look out on the crystal blue depths of the Pacific Ocean. It is the kind of drive that you might only be able to complete once in a lifetime.

Redwood Highway Route

Some call the Redwood Highway route the most scenic drive in all of Northern California, and we can’t disagree! This 175 mile drive from Legget to Crescent City will take you through some staggering nature, including actually being able to drive THROUGH the middle of a huge redwood tree trunk! You can expect to see a few wild elk on your journey as well.

Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail

This is a famous two-lane country road dotted with shady oaks and more than a handful of world renowned vineyards. Being the passenger on this route is definitely the preferred option, leaving you able to sample some of the amazing produce when you stop off for comfort breaks! For the driver, however, there is still so much to enjoy including the breathtaking scenery of the valley’s eastern hills.

If you are seeking the ultimate American road trip experience that will make memories to last a lifetime, then you can’t go wrong with any one of these excellent suggestions. Each has its own special moments, just a small slice of the American Dream from behind the wheel!


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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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