8 Most Beautiful Places to Visit on the West Coast

Big Sur, California

Big Sur's 90-mile stretch along California s Central Coast offers stunning sea views and iconic sights like McWay Falls. Explore trails in Andrew Molera State Park and Pfeiffer Falls, and don't miss a stop at Big Sur Bakery.


Carmel-by-the-Sea is a charming coastal village perfect for strolls past fairy-tale cottages, cafes, and galleries. Visit Carmel Beach and take the scenic 17-mile Drive to see Monterey cypress trees

Muir Woods, California

Muir Woods National Monument, just 20 miles from San Francisco, is home to ancient redwoods over 250 feet tall. Spend a few hours exploring this serene grove and learning its history.

Point Reyes, California

Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco, offers stunning hikes like Tomales Point Trail and Chimney Rock Trail. Enjoy wildflowers, tule elk sightings, and fresh oysters from Tomales Bay.

Russian River Valley

The lush Russian River Valley is known for its wineries, cafes, and markets. Visit Guerneville for a meal at Big Bottom Market and explore Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

Mendocino, California

Mendocino, a quaint town on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, offers coffee, pastries, and scenic trails. Hike in Mendocino Headlands State Park, Hendy Woods State Park, and Russian Gulch State Park

Redwood National 

These parks protect the towering redwood trees, found only in coastal California and southern Oregon. Explore trails like Tall Trees Grove Loop and Trillium Falls Trail, or marvel at the giants

Thor s Well, Oregon

Thor s Well on the Oregon coast is a mesmerizing natural sinkhole in the ocean, best viewed at high tide. This unique formation is also a prime spot for gray whale watching in December and January.