Taking a road trip is one of the absolute best ways explore America, and to get the kind of experiences that are completely unique to roadtripping. When traveling by car, it is nice to be able to take your time and enjoy the sights in several different areas rather than just one area. One particularly good way to explore America is to take a road trip along the beautiful and diverse West Coast.

It doesn’t really matter if you work your way from north to south or vice versa. For our purposes, we will start our road trip in Southern California and work our way north.

San Diego

San Diego is a city with a myriad interesting sites to visit. The number one attraction in this city is the world-famous San Diego Zoo along with its Wild Animal Park. Visiting the USS Midway Museum is also a must-do. Most people don’t get a chance to tour a naval aircraft carrier. Balboa Park is another particularly appealing place to many different types of visitors to San Diego.

Los Angeles

From San Diego, make your way up Interstate 5 to Los Angeles. In the Los Angeles area, make sure to stop in Hollywood and check out the Walk of Fame and the other attractions dealing with the entertainment industry. If time permits, go to Disneyland and see the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center. If you and/or your fellow travelers care for roller coasters, Six Flags Magic Mountain is one of the premier locations in the world for such thrill rides, located just north of L.A..

Out of L.A., take State Route One to the the San Francisco Bay area. This is one of the most stunning stretches of road in the world. The view of the coast and the Pacific Ocean is awe-inspiring.

San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful city. While there, take a ride on one of the street cars and ride a ferry out to visit Alcatraz (“The Rock”). A road trip wouldn’t be complete without driving over the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, too.

Out of the the Bay area, take a quick run to Sacramento and visit the Capitol Building. From there, take Interstate 5 to Oregon. You will pass through some majestic forests in the interior of California and Oregon.

Eugene, Oregon

Eugene is located along the Willamette River. There are many recreational opportunities near the river including a scenic bike path that travels along the banks of the river. This area of Oregon offers lush green vistas, and a wide variety of fun diversions and experiences.


Portland is a great place to view flowers and gardens. The International Rose Test Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden are serene areas for enjoying flowers in a variety of colors and scents.


The last major city on the trip is Seattle. No one should leave the area without driving around Puget Sound and taking in the natural wonders. Also, take a trip to the top of the Space Needle and visit the Seattle Art Museum.

These are just a few of the many sights along the West Coast. There is enough to do for many trips to the area.

Rianne Hunter is a West Coaster with a wonderful family and a love of travel. She suggests that you plan to dine at Burrito Amigos while passing through the Eugene area.