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California Road Trip Ideas

The Pacific Coast Highway, near Big Sur, Calif.

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California practically invented the road trip. Highway 1. Route 66. Convertible roadsters and low-riding choppers cruising down endless stretches of curving blacktop as the red sun dips into the Pacific. California is the third-largest state in the U.S. and has the second-most total miles of highway, which means you can travel for hours in any direction and find an unforgettable destination. From the staggering granite beauty of Yosemite to the skyscraping redwoods of Humboldt County, the wonders of California are just a tank of gas away.

Here we list our top five California road trip ideas with an emphasis on the state's many natural wonders. Let's start with the last road in America, the Pacific Coast Highway.

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