The Golden Coast is one of the most beautiful parts of America. In fact, it’s one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Ever since the infamous Gold Rush, Americans and tourists alike have flocked to California.

Today, we’ll take a trip up the entire west coast. Starting just north of Mexico, and ending just south of Canada. Of course, the more adventurous among us can extend the trip in either direction. However, we’ll focus just on America for today. Right, let’s get behind the wheel.

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Los Angeles     LA is the biggest and brightest city on the west coast, and it’s hard to ignore. You won’t get much driving done in the busy, smog-filled city. However, it is the perfect opportunity to do some celeb watching, and see Hollywood Boulevard. If it’s your first time, make sure you tick off all the tourist sights including Rodeo Drive and the Hollywood sign. It’s also worth trying to see an art exhibition or one of LA’s cultural events.

Big Sur      The road north of LA is a dream. Snaking its way up the coast to San Francisco, you’re treated to breath-taking views of the ocean. The iconic Bixby bridge stretches across an enormous gorge, and it makes a great photo opportunity. It’s worth spending a couple of days to take this trip. Spend some time lounging on the beaches. Explore the cute towns of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and enjoy the warm, quiet environment.

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San Francisco       After a couple of days of quiet, it’s time to head back into the city. This time, San Francisco. For many people, San Francisco is the best city in the world. It’s vibrant, bohemian, and bursting with culture. You can ride the world-famous trams, and drive down the windy Lombard Street. Take a trip out to Alcatraz prison island, and imagine life as one of America’s notorious criminals. Don’t forget to see the Golden Gate Bridge in all its glory, and sample San Francisco’s best restaurants before you leave.

Oregon      Heading north out of San Francisco, you’re treated to a wonderful drive. If I were you, I’d consider taking a travel RV, so you can take your time here. The north part of California is full of stunning Redwood forests, and you’ll want to slow down to take it in. As you enter Oregon, you’re treated to awe-inspiring views of the mountains on one side. On the other, lush autumnal landscapes. Park up your RV, and spend a night or two in the wild.

Seattle      Portland is another great stop along the way, but it’s Seattle that marks our final destination. Seattle has a fantastic history of music and culture. It’s the home of the iconic Space Needle (in which you should definitely book a table for dinner). Seattle is a great city to spend a few days exploring leisurely before ending your trip.

Of course, the vast expanse of Canada lies to your north. There’s nothing to stop you heading over the border towards Vancouver. Why not see what the white north has to offer? Until next time!

Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.