5400 Miles in the USA ( Scenic Pacific Coastal Route)

This must be the most scenic coastal route in the States.

It has got everything a photographer would wish – fog, blue sky, deep blue sea, waves coming in and breaking before they reach the shore, empty beaches, flowers, rocky coast with rocks jutting out to the water and even elephant seals.CIMG5294

I am showing a sample of some of the scenes here with he intention of showing more in detail depending on blogger friends’ reaction.CIMG5330

This is the Pacific Highway 1 from LA to San Francisco. It is a costal route which you would like to drive on very slowly and hopefully you will never reach the end.CIMG5263

The several photos here will attest to the beauty.

The sea is just restless. Near the shore, this is where you can find many food chains – from planktons to fishes and birds etc. where a creature can find food but can also be become food for others!



70 thoughts on “5400 Miles in the USA ( Scenic Pacific Coastal Route)

  1. My absolute favorite stretch of tar. It is breathtaking and needs to be eaten slowly savoring every little morsel. You’re making me want to plan a road trip very soon 🙂

  2. Hey great post! I’ve only had the pleasure of doing the coastal drive from San Diego to LA however it was breathtaking. How long did the drive take? I hope to be able to make this drive and take pictures before I have to return home!

    Safe travels


  3. As soon as I saw this photos Michael I knew it was the Pacific Coast Highway. We lived on the Central Coast of CA for almost 20 years and travelled between SF and LA frequently. I have many happy memories of taking my kids to the beaches along the coastline further north to places like Cambria and Big Sur. Every year, between Christmas and the New Year, we took them to see the Elephant Seals and their babies on the beach! Lovely to see these photos, thank you very much for sharing them – Sherri 🙂

  4. So much beauty in such a relatively short span. I don’t know if I could make the drive in 4 days, I’d be stopping every 1/2 mile to get out my camera. Your wife did a wonderful job with her photography.

    • My wife, who’s gone out to the sea, saw many dolphins jumping in and out of water – that was a fantastic sight. Problem is that they are on videos which are too big to upload. Regards, Michael

  5. With regard to the jellyfish image from the Monterey Aquarium – about 12 years ago, we stood before that tank beside a father and a young son. Pointing to the jellyfish, the son said to the father: “what’s THAT, Dad?” The Dad said: “THAT’s a lava lamp”:0)

    • Haha, I am travelling with only intermittent access to wifi. I hope I will share photos of different types of jelly fishes when I am back home!

  6. We drove the California coast, last Fall, from Carmel to Moro Bay. We mostly had fog at that time of year. Whenever, the sun broke through, he had to stop for the view and photos. Enjoy the drive.

  7. That is indeed a wonderful drive. It is hair-raising at points, especially for someone with vertigo, but the landscape and scenery are just breath-taking. Did you stop off and visit the elephant seals? That was one of my highlights.

  8. Traveled that route several times and it was always a thrill to photograph and visit. So beautiful and did you see the lone pine? I was visiting a friend there and told him I wanted to watch the sunset with that tree in the foreground. He timed it perfectly. Now you have me wanting to find that photo, however I think it was pre-digital days.

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