California Coast by Haiping Tang

If you want to explore all 840 miles of California’s  coastline, you will fall in love with its many shades of natural beauty. 

At the “top” of the state, you will be stunned by  the majestic and mystic beauty of the redwood forest.  When you reach the central coast, you will come face-to-face with the grand and awe-inspiring beauty of Big Sur. 

Big Sur

By the time you reach San Diego,  you will have your choice of a whole host of year-long easy-going, fun-abound beaches. 

San Diego

 My favorite is Monterey, especially the 17-mile drive with its ocean front mansions and the Pebble Beach Golf Courses.  I could go on, but you get the picture.  You can stop at many quaint coastal towns all up and down the coast is. They are perfect places to slow down, sitting down on the pristine sand beaches or taking a stroll on boardwalk.  

And the best time is at dusk, when you can enjoy a perfect sunset and completely soak yourself in its golden glow.  After all, California is not called the Golden State for nothing.

If you get tired of the ocean, just start driving towards the east and you will reach to the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  There, you can enjoy two of the most amazing national parks in the world: Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park.   If you then want to experience the desert, keep driving  down to the desert valley on the backside of the Sierra Nevada mountains where you will  encounter Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park.

No other state can match California’s breath taking diversity of scenery, climate and geography.  In fact, I know of no other country that has as much diverse beauty as California.