One of the single most gorgeous experiences I have had in America was driving down Highway 101 during the summer. My adventure down the highway began almost as a fluke. I had never heard of how beautiful this drive was from anyone before. Instead, I just SAW a road on the map that went down from Washington to California along the coast and I thought, ‘what the hell, why not?’. This drive is exhilarating. Anyone even remotely interested in doing something breath taking for a few days needs to do this. Drive slowly through northern Oregon. Give yourself time to pull over at viewing spots and take pictures. And pick flowers like I did.
Stop in Brookings, Oregon to camp out for a night. There is a camp ground practically ON THE BEACH there. It is surreal.
Just bring blankets because it gets colder on the water at night than you might suspect. When you enter California; stop to see the Redwoods. Avenue of The Giants is where you want to be. Soak it in!
(photos from: delsjourney.com, webshots.com)