5 Most Beautiful Drives in the USA

3.) Pacific Coast Highway

pacific-coast-highway-

Michael Urmann/ Shutterstock

Some would say there are two types of people: those who love the east coast and those who love the west coast.

Lucky for us, beautiful USA drives fill both sides of the country. A majestic ocean coastline frames a long section of the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as California State Highway 1, which runs from Orange County in the south to Mendocino County in the north.

The highlight of this route is the Big Sur region that begins south of Carmel and runs to San Luis Obispo. The steep slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains tumble down to the sea in a series of steep, sometimes vertical cliffs. Drivers route through a series of hairpin turns with postcard-perfect views.

Several turnouts along the way provide a chance for a rest, a short picnic and some easy camera work.