California’s Iconic Highway One Guide

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Featuring a stunning waterfall flowing into the ocean

One of the most stunning roads in California is the iconic Highway One, running right along the west coast with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. My journey from Indiana to California had this location as one of the main destinations, and for good reason! You can follow the highway from San Francisco south towards Los Angeles and discover some amazing views along the way.

*If your attention span is like MINE, you can instead watch this short 60 second video on my Tiktok that  summarizes the great views

One of the best destinations to have for the drive is McWay Falls, one of only two waterfalls in California that flows year round directly into the ocean. This stunning waterfall, which I discovered from a Tiktok video (of course) was a key destination to our trip. However, I was blown away by so many other amazing spots along the way. 

Other than random spots to pull over and take images, there is the stunning Bixby Creek Bridge, which simply begs to be photographed. 

Last, possibly my surprise favorite of the trip, was pulling over at a closed restaurant parking lot for Rocky Point. I do wish I could have dined there, as they have a patio directly next to the ocean with an absolutely stunning view. But, I was satisfied with exploring the coast in their vicinity, which took me to the best tide pools of my journey and was a lot of fun climbing down the rocky cliffs to the sea level.

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There is, of course, plenty more to explore on Highway One, but those three spots were the major highlights and all about 2 hours south of San Francisco.

The journey takes you past San Jose, where I 100% recommend taking a detour to Mitsuwa Marketplace. Specifically, I recommend Clover Bakery and Shabuway for fantastic desserts and a great lunch or dinner.

On a side note, this is just one of many stops I took during my Great Western American Road Trip. You can learn more about that full trip here for tips on other iconic parks like Death Valley, Redwoods, and Yellowstone:

Read about that amazing journey

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite images from my afternoon journey through this surreal coastline. Comment below if you’ve had the pleasure of going here or what spot would be first on your bucket list!

Stunning river flowing into the ocean

Stunning river flowing into the ocean

Tide Pools

Tide Pools

Iconic Bixby Creek Bridge

Iconic Bixby Creek Bridge

I brought in another image of mine of sunset skies.
Detail of waves crashing into rocks

Detail of waves crashing into rocks

Detail of flowers

Detail of flowers

Down by the water through the cliffs

Down by the water through the cliffs

Endless coastlines

Endless coastlines

Adorable lizard resting in the sun

Adorable lizard resting in the sun

Flowers next to cliffs

Flowers next to cliffs

Thousands of mussels exposed in low tide

Thousands of mussels exposed in low tide

Photographer capturing view of coast

Photographer capturing view of coast

Iconic McWay Falls

Iconic McWay Falls

Beautiful views of cliffs by water

Beautiful views of cliffs by water

Private Sign near coast

Private Sign near coast

No, I did not cross over their fence.
Beautiful tide pools near low tide

Beautiful tide pools near low tide

Pair of lizards in the sun

Pair of lizards in the sun

Beautiful McWay Falls

Beautiful McWay Falls

My journey across the cliffs

My journey across the cliffs

Seagull on the rocky coast

Seagull on the rocky coast

Colorful swirls of ocean water against the cliffs

Colorful swirls of ocean water against the cliffs

Tunnel in the cliff rocks along the coast

Tunnel in the cliff rocks along the coast

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About the Author

Nicholas Klein

Founder and visual artist, specializing in all aspects of a businesses presence from imagery and video to graphics and web. A graduate of IPFW with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Concentration Photography as well as an Associates Degree in Business. His personal photography works are focused on landscape, travel, and aerial photography.

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