BIG SUR / CALIFORNIA

California may be known for its glitz and glamour, but the real stars aren’t just found in Hollywood. Along the state’s central coast is the magical stretch of coastline known as Big Sur. Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Santa Lucia mountains to the east, the Pacific Coast Highlight (State Route 1 or PCH, as the locals call it) weaves back and forth along seaside cliffs and through rolling hills. 

There is no better way to appreciate Mother Nature than awing at the untouched spot of beach that welcomes the thinnest of waterfalls at McWay Falls. Or if man-made marvels are more your thing, the inspiring architecture of the Bixby Creek Bridge will make an trip up (or down) the coast worthwhile.