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California has some of the most beautiful, extensive coastline in the world. The bucket list journey up, or down, the coast features these must-see gems along the way.
The Pacific Coast Highway is a great alternative to Highway 5 or 99 when driving between northern and southern California. If you’re not pressed for time and you typically enjoy taking the scenic route, PCH is the route for you!
The journey between northern and southern California is littered with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, with many spots located right off the PCH.
With countless places worthy of a smoke session along the way, this list offers five unforgettable gems that vary from tourist hotspots to natural scenery.
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There are so many great spots off the PCH in San Francisco. From the many attractions inside Golden Gate Park (the Botanical Garden is an absolute treasure) to the Presidio that houses the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, there is one lesser-known spot that I always seem to end up at.
Lands End Lookout lies in the northwest corner of the city and offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and entrance to San Francisco Bay. A much more secluded option than Golden Gate Park, Lands End features trails lined with all sorts of different trees and wildflowers.
For art lovers, there is the Legion of Honor, an art museum that features many lovely pieces including a full-size bronze cast of the sculpture The Thinker by Rodin. Lands End also features a huge labyrinth made of hundreds of rocks at the endpoint of the trail. This labyrinth guards the entrance to the bay, and many have been known to walk the labyrinth for good luck.
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Enjoying a nice blunt at the beach is always a good idea, but that blunt is gonna hit a little bit harder at the next stop on our list. If you know anyone who has been to Big Sur, then I’m sure you are aware of the natural beauty that it’s known for.
This spot might not be the biggest tourist attraction, but McWay Falls is a hidden paradise for anyone traveling on the coast. This 80 feet tidefall drops directly into the Pacific and has been attracting passers-by for decades. The beach is lined with huge rocks that can be a danger to climb, so be careful and make sure you stick to the trails that are open at the time of your visit.
If you’d like to take a nice stroll, the McWay Falls Overlook Trail is a non-strenuous hike that ends on a cliffside overlooking the falls. You can’t help but be struck by beauty as you gaze down at the falls with the ocean in the background. What better place to spark up and admire the artistry of mother nature.
Parking can be limited depending on the time you go, and it’s about a 10-minute walk from the parking lot to the falls, but anyone who’s been lucky enough to see the falls in person would tell you that it’s well worth the walk.
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San Simeon is a small coastal town about 40 miles north of San Luis Obispo that offers gorgeous scenery and many spots to enjoy the Pacific Coast Highway view with your pal Mary Jane. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to make your way over to Hearst Castle, the gem of San Simeon and famed estate of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
You might know Hearst best as the inspiration for the movie ‘Citizen Kane.’ While Orson Welles, the director of the film, didn’t admit to Hearst being the basis for the main character in the film, the similarities are too spot-on to ignore. That would make Hearst Castle the inspiration for Xanadu, which was the luxurious estate of the also three-named character, Charles Foster Kane.
Construction began in 1919 and since then, the mansion has been constantly restored and improved. In the 1920s the castle was visited by many of Hearst’s Hollywood pals, including Cary Grant, Charlie Chaplin, and the Marx brothers.
On your tour of Xanad- I mean Hearst Castle, you will be in awe of the extravagance throughout the mansion. My favorite part of the mansion is the gigantic outdoor pool, which features marble tile, a Roman temple, and many sculptures that double as fountains. This is a sight you have to see in person!
Much like these celebrities who frequently visited Hearst’s estate, you will be in awe of the architecture and attention to detail, not to mention the backdrop of the coastline and the Pacific Ocean that is like the icing on the cake.
The castle features 42 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, so there is plenty of room to explore during your tour of the estate. Did I forget to mention that there is also an indoor pool? That’s right, one pool wasn’t enough for old Hearst. The indoor pool, called the Roman Pool, was built underneath the tennis courts and was originally planned to be a freshwater pond.
Eventually, Hearst decided on the indoor swimming pool with a breathtaking blue and gold mosaic decoration from floor to ceiling. The estate also features over 120 acres of elaborate gardens, tennis courts, and farmland with grazing animals who are descendants from the Zoo that used to exist on the grounds.
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What can I say about Venice! I have always said that you can find every type of person at Venice Beach. Is it the best beach in southern California? No. But it is truly unique and the perfect spot to pick up a new bong or pipe and just enjoy the view!
While this would not be the beach that you want to layout on the sand for the day, the stroll along the beachside stores and vendors, and the characters you meet along the way, make this a great stop along the coast.
The Venice Boardwalk is the second most visited tourist attraction in SoCal and is always bustling with activity from street performers to artists in action.
Very weed-friendly, the Boardwalk is lined with smoke shops, a skate park, basketball courts, and the famous Muscle Beach. There’s something for everyone in your party to enjoy at Venice Beach. The murals that transform the walls and buildings are worth the trip alone, and there’s plenty of options to eat whether you want a quick bite or to sit down and have a drink as well.
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A much more laid-back beach than Venice, the La Jolla Cove offers a quiet and peaceful view of the pristine ocean, with lots of green grass and closeby food spots if the munchies arise. You’ll also have plenty of entertainment at the cove, which happens to be a hotspot for sea lions.
If you want to include more physical activity, there’s plenty of opportunities for scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboards, or bike rentals if you’d rather stay on land. The tide pools also make for a fun adventure if the tide is low enough to explore them.
Whether this is the first or last stop on your trip, the Cove never disappoints. A walk around here is just what you need to unwind after a long day of driving or to find the inspiration to mentally prepare for a long trip.
If there’s one thing that stoners love to do, it’s explore. The Cove offers caves, trails, and old historic huts where people used to sit and admire the view. If you’re lucky enough to go on a Sunday, you’ll be able to attend the farmer’s market with local produce and specialty items, which is always a fun time!
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