9 Stunning Coastal Drives for the Best Ocean Views ...


Who doesn’t love a good road trip, and there’s just something about coastal drives that can lift a journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Whether it’s a cliff top road or a sweeping corniche, coastal drives offer some of the most amazing scenery of anywhere.

Cliffs, bluffs, dunes, oceans, rocks, lighthouses, harbors – the variety can be astonishing – but, where are the best coastal drives?

1. Kuhio Highway – Kauai, Hawaii

Kuhio Highway – Kauai, Hawaii

Take in the vast beauty of the garden isle with a short, scenery packed trip along Highway 56.

It’s not the longest of coastal drives but it is up there with the best.

It runs 28 miles from Lihue to Princeville and along the way offers stunning lookouts.

Some portions of Jurassic Park were filmed here, and it’s easy to see the lush foliage as a dinosaur playground.

To avoid commuter congestion in the Wailua River crossing area, try to pass that way around noon, or pull off and explore some of the many river activities.

2. Pacific Coast Highway –California

Pacific Coast Highway –California

California State Route 1, more commonly known as Pacific Coast Highway (or PCH) is one of the most famous and stunning coastal drives.

Although it runs 655 miles along the Pacific coast of California, the 455 miles between Los Angeles and San Francisco are probably the most well known.

This scenic thoroughfare has been designated an All-American Road, and driving it affords access to iconic Californian cities and sites like Capistrano beach, Venice, Malibu, Point Mugu, Santa Barbara, Pebble Beach, Santa Cruz and Golden Gate Park.

Although the drive can be done in a day, you could also build a whole week-long road trip around the numerous unique stops along the way.

3. Overseas Highway (Hwy 1) – Florida Keys

Overseas Highway (Hwy 1) – Florida Keys

Covering 160 miles between Miami and the Florida Keys, the Overseas Highway takes travelers over the azure waters of the Florida straits.

It is instantly recognizable from numerous Florida themed movies and TV shows, and was constructed on bridges originally used for the Overseas railroad, although most of them have since been replaced by modern, multi-lane structures.2

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