If you have some time on your hands and want to take a west coast American road trip, then there are at least 10 places you won’t want to miss on your journey. The west coast of America is full of great places to see and things to do. These 10 are just a few to get you started:
1. Seattle, Washington
First off, there’s tons to see when you visit Seattle, Washington. Be sure to see the Pike Place Market, which has been open since 1907. Buy some veggies, flowers or some handicrafts and souvenirs, and be sure to watch the fish market people tossing salmon around and making jokes. It’s a Seattle tradition! Then head over to Olympic Sculpture Park to see more than nine acres of this famous sculpture garden, or see the adjoining Myrtle Edwards Park. There’s also the Art Museum, which is free on the first Thursday of the month.
2. San Francisco, California
Another great place on your west coast American road trip is San Francisco, California. There’s so much to see and do there, including the famous Golden Gate Bridge, one of the wonders of the world. Then go to Muir Woods to marvel over the giant Redwood Tree Forest, or take a tour of the famous prison Alcatraz, or go downtown to the waterfront to see the Fisherman’s Warf and have a great dinner and take pictures of seals. You can also relax at the Golden Gate Park, which covers more than a thousand acres.
3. Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon offers much to see such as the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry or head to Washington Park where there’s the Japanese Gardens, a children’s museum and lots of playgrounds and picnic areas. The kids would love the Oregon Zoo with over 1,900 animals, or go see the Pittock Mansion, historic home of Henry Pittock and his wife where lots of TV shows and movies were also filmed there. Then have a yummy doughnut at the iconic Voodoo Doughnut.
4. Las Vegas, Nevada
Ah, Sin City, but it’s much more family friendly these days even though there are still plenty of opportunities to gamble at the many casinos. Plus there’s shows of all kinds, plenty of places to eat, and places like CocaCola and M and M Candies to visit. Plus you can take a helicopter ride out to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead too. Lots of the shows are free and each hotel offers its own theme from pirates to pyramids to circuses and so much more.
5. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles features some must see stops like Hollywood Boulevard, the famous Hollywood sign, La Brea Tar Pits and the Walk of Fame. Or, you can see the Museum of Art if you like culture or the J. Paul Center. Of course if you like amusement parks there’s Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm or Universal Studios. You can also enjoy some entertainment at several theaters to catch a show, including the Greek Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Microsoft Theater, or The Groundlings Theatre. There are also several art museums like Collector’s Paradise, G2 Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, and the Fisher Museum of Art.
6. Yosemite National Park, California
Another California costal place to see, this has something for everyone from nature to hiking, wildlife, waterfalls and more. You can see places like Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, or take a guided astronomy walk to see the stars and then dream about your adventure at the Yosemite Hotel after the day is done.
7. Crater Lake, Oregon
If you love seeing natural sites, don’t miss this place, it’s been around for 1000s of years and you can be awe-inspired by a beautiful blue lake, that’s nearly 600 miles deep, two islands, a dead volcano, sheer cliffs, and lots more to take pictures of. You really have to put this on your bucket list. Established in 1902, Crater Lake is the 5th oldest national park in the US and the only one in Oregon.
8. Thor’s Well, Oregon
Another great stopover in Oregon is Cape Perpetua’s Thor’s Well, a famous saltwater fountain powered by the tides from the Pacific Ocean. It’s another awesome spectacle that you have to see during high tide or during a winter storm. However, be careful because it can be dangerous due to the sharp rocks and if you’re not careful a strong sea surge could sweep you out with the tides. Thor’s Well is a hole carved out of the basalt shoreline in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. And it is near another site called Spouting Horn and Devil’s Churn.
9. Napa Valley, California
Do you love drinking wine? Then this is the paradise you’ve always wanted to see. Some of the top wines and vineyards are in the Napa Valley. Some of them include Pride Mountain Vineyards, or the famous Modus Operandi Cellars, as well V Sattui, and the Castello di Amorosa, or St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery. Many of these offer tours and best of all tasting parties! You can also do some great shopping at some local flea markets, farmer’s markets, antique stores and outlet malls. Plus for nature lovers there are several parks, including Yountville Park, Alston Park, and Oxbow Preserve.
10. San Diego, California
San Diego is another great place to go to see lots of thing and go lots of great places. The kids will love the San Diego Zoo, a top family-friendly attraction with more than 4,000 animals or head to Sea World to see the whales and dolphins and other sea animals. You can also do some hiking on trails in places like Miramar Reservoir, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, or see the Cabrillo Tide Pools or the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail. And there’s dozens of beautiful beaches to get a suntan or swim or just relax like Coronado Beach, Pacific Beach, Windansea Beach, Mission or Black beaches.
All in all a west coast American road trip can be a great vacation for you, I would recommend spending 2 or even 3 weeks.