California Road Trip Planner with 17 Striking Stops

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If you think that there’s nothing more to California than Disneyland, Hollywood and all about the bustling city of San Francisco, think again! This state is bestowed with stunning places that you shouldn’t miss visiting at least once in your life.
A road-trip through this state will be an epic journey where you will encounter alluring phenomena of nature.

Here’s a list of pit stops you must take on your road trip through California:

1. McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Nearest City/Village: Monterey
An 80-foot waterfall that flows all-year round


2. Redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument

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Nearest City/Village: San Francisco
Giant redwood trails and long trails perfect for hiking, spread over 500 acres

3. Bixby Creek Bridge

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Nearest City/Village: Big Sur
Photogenic and one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world

4. Tide Pools at Shaw Coves

Nearest City/Village: Laguna Beach
A fantastic diving site where you can observe the underwater beauties! 

5. Baker Beach

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Nearest City/Village: San Francisco
A pristine beach offering breath-taking views of the architectural icon- the Golden Gate Bridge

6. Sea Swings on the Broadwalk

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Nearest City/Village: Santa Cruz

Re-live your Childhood on gigantic Sea Swings 

7. El Matador State Beach

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Nearest City/Village: Malibu
Sea Caves, Large rocks and a terrific panorama of the setting sun. Plan a vacation to this beautiful place with us.

8. Classic In-n-Out Burgers

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Nearest City/Village: Long Beach
To satisfy your hunger and for the love of burgers

9. Santa Monica Pier

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Nearest City/Village: Santa Monica
An evening to remember at a 100-year old landmark. Check out top beaches in California to plan a trip.

10. View of Pacific Ocean

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Nearest City/Village: Big Sur
Dramatic Pacific Ocean and the backdrop of Santa Lucia Mountains in the Garrapata State Park

11. Roman Pool at Hearst Castle

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Nearest City/Village: San Simeon
A national landmark attracting millions of travellers every year

12. Sunset at Half Moon Bay Beach

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Nearest City/Village: Half Moon Bay
Forested hills, Pacific Ocean and water perfect for surfing

13. Glass Beach

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Nearest City/Village: Fort Bragg (An army installation)
What mankind has given back to earth, piles of sea glass formed due to years of garbage dumping

14. Lone Cypress in Pebble Beach

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Nearest City/Village: Pebble Beach
A scenic-drive of 17 miles with a granite hillside


15. Moonstone Beach Boardwalk

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Nearest City/Village: Cambria
Secluded beach and a great walking area

16. Hog Island Oysters


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Nearest City: Marshall
Because everyone deserves a plateful of slurpy oysters

17. Esalen Institute

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Nearest City: Big Sur
A quaint hippie resort-stay after a tiring road-trip

Which is your favorite spot? Comment below and let us know!

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