12 Scenic Stops For Your End-of-Summer California Road Trip

12 Scenic Stops For Your End-of-Summer California Road Trip

Published on POPSUGAR.
September 1, 2017

Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty of time to hit the road on a scenic road trip along the California coast. And while recent landslides have left some parts of Highway 1 completely impassible without a few detours (particularly around Big Sur, arguably the most scenic part), there’s no shortage of other Instagram-worthy sights to see along the coast. Here are 12 destinations while driving from San Diego to San Francisco to make sure you get plenty of FOMO-inducing shots on your California road trip.


 You won’t get any cliff-like scenery here, but the pier is the quintessential icon of California living. No matter the angle from which you view it, this photogenic beach town is just begging to be put on a postcard. Aside from being a major surfing destination, it also claims to be the surfing media capital of the world, so chances are your favorite surfing mag is published here.


Thornhill Broome Beach State Park


Morro Bay

This fishing village in San Luis Obispo County offers up tons of activities such as kayaking, fishing, surfing, biking, and just hanging out on the beaches. But if you’re looking to snap some pics, the area around Morro Rock, a 581-foot volcanic plug sitting just off the mainland, is the perfect subject. Plus you’re likely to see some sea lions, otters, and birds. Just pay attention to where you’ll want to detour off of Highway 1, as the first no-pass closure is only about 50 miles north.

Big Sur

Even if you don’t decide to take the detour into the area, the good news is that you can still see the iconic Bixby Canyon Bridge (and about 18 miles of Big Sur coastline) if you drive in from the north.


San Francisco

Point Reyes National Seashore