9 Ultimate Road Trips You Need To Take Before You Die

There's no excuse to not hit the open road after reading this...

Cruising down Big Sur on Highway 1. Photo: Shutterstock

Length: 712 miles

Where will you start and finish? Huntington Beah to Leggett, California, USA

Best time to go? March to September

How long will it take? One month is ideal, but you can shorten the trip by finishing in San Francisco

Highway 1 is a legendary road that follows the Pacific West Coast of California from Redwoods in the north to Orange County in the south. Beautiful and undeveloped, this road trip is a must for any surf lover.

Start at Huntington Beach, just south of Los Angeles, before heading north through Malibu, Santa Barbara, Hollister Ranch and Mavericks (paddle out, if you’re brave enough).

Camp out on the beaches of the northern counties Sonoma and Humboldt. Make sure you visit one of the wineries along the highway and take a look at the epic Redwood trees along the way.

When it comes to your road trip playlist, there’s an endless number of songs to choose from – we recommend Ventura Highway by America to get you started.


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