From Los Angeles to the northern tip of California, we took the scenic route to get the most out of our California road trip.

The coastline was so much prettier than we’d expected. Countless lookout points were placed along the way where we stopped to smell the ocean air, watch coastal birds fly overhead, and admire the impressive rock formations jutting sharply upwards from just beyond the beach.

And the drive itself, wow. The winding highway took us through steep hills, over wide flowing rivers, and between towering Redwood trees in the Redwood National and State Parks, the base of which almost touched the edge of the narrow road.

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