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From the tip of Southern California to the top of Washington (and a sneaky pick farther north), the cities and towns on this list represent all the things that earned the moniker Best Coast. We’ve shown you the prettiest spots along the East Coast. Now take a journey across sandy beaches, towering redwoods, rushing rivers, and charming towns

these are the most scenic places on the West Coast.

San Diego, California BOOK NOW

The apple of our pollsters’ eye? Sunny San Diego. Mentioned more than any other—with 48 call-outs—America’s Finest City has so many beautiful beaches and neighborhoods, it’s no surprise. North County was especially called out, with accolades for idyllic Del Mar and the coastal pine-strewn trails of Torrey Pines.

Seattle, Washington BOOK NOW

The Emerald City is undeniably gorgeous, and its proximity to refreshing natural spaces is highly in its favor. Less than three hours from mossy evergreen-filled Olympic National Park to the west and four hours from scenic Lake Chelan to the east, Seattle is scenery central. Take the ferry to Bremerton for front-row views of Mount Rainier.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Weott, California BOOK NOW

What’s the view like from inside a tree? With three huge redwoods you can drive through, this park is prime West Coast road trip material. Make sure to bring your hiking shoes and your sense of adventure, because California’s third-largest state park has over 53,000 acres to explore.

4. Cannon Beach, Oregon BOOK NOW

Cannon Beach is one of those mystical places you have to experience to believe the hype. Its unmistakable Haystack Rock is an enduring figure, witnessing strolling couples, sandcastle makers, tide pool explorers, and driftwood-chasing dogs. The word charming hardly covers the appeal of downtown, where colorful treats like salt water taffy are tradition at the iconic, pink-striped Bruce’s Candy Kitchen.

5. Big Sur Coastline, California BOOK NOW

Nowhere is more quintessentially coastal California than Big Sur. Infinitely recognizable, Bixby Bridge is a gorgeous feat of engineering, and the 1932 masterpiece offers coveted views from California’s much-touted Highway 1. Hike, camp, and simply ogle from vantage points like perfect eatery Nepenthe; this place is flush with pleasurable sights.

6. Santa Barbara, California BOOK NOW

This California stunner certainly gives good face. The red tile roofs of Spanish-style architecture contrast pleasingly with the striking blue ocean and golden sunsets. Palm trees sway from their posts along the streets, and waterfront activities provide unique views.

7. The Dalles, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon BOOK NOW

Prettily situated at the entrance to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, The Dalles is a northwest gem. With names like Charm Trail, area attractions do just that. From hiking, cycling, and wine tasting to touring historical buildings like Fort Dalles Museum & Anderson Homestead, there are ample ways to witness its charms.

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