Drive down the west coast – make it the drive of a lifetime.

Have you ever noticed how many car commercials are shot on a winding highway, high above the ocean, with nothing but a mountainous coastline and a shiny car in view?

The majority of these are shot on California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

Listed on National Geographic’s list of Drives of a Lifetime, this 1056 km (656 mi) highway runs down the majority of the west coast of the United States.  The Big Sur section from San Luis Obispo to Carmel is an official National Scenic Byway.

Bloggers have catalogued their trips down the west coast by letting their pictures do the talking.  Indeed there’s not much more to be said than “sheer beauty.”

You can click on the links above to see official information on these destinations.  Or, you can take a look from the point of view of some recent west coast road trippers:

Seattle City – Mariners Style: @DaleTidy

Seattle to Vancouver “The Coast with the Most”:   @SarahDickerman

West Coast Road Trip – Spokane to AnaheimCraig Shillam

Road Trip Adventures – Santa Monica@manicmanagedmom

Stop at the Duty Free Canada land border location nearest you before you cross the border.  You’ll save tax and more on premium goods!