U.S. Route 101 stretches for over 800 miles from Los Angeles to Tumwater, Washington, boasting endless natural splendor the entire way. In our humble opinion, however, it’s the section that stretches along the North Coast that we believe to be the most beautiful. If you ever feel like an adventure, it’s easy to hop on this highway and hit the gas until you land somewhere you want to explore. There’s a lot to see on this scenic highway in California, so take a look at what beauty awaits.

When was the last time you set off and explored this scenic highway in Northern California? Share your adventures with us in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out our Road Trip Essentials Packing List & Guide before you take off!

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U.S. Route 101

I'm thinking about driving all of U.S. Route 101 from beginning to end. How long should I expect that to take?

That's great! It will take you a very long time, but it will certainly be an adventure that you will never forget and one that will stay with you for a lifetime! The entire length of U.S. Route 101 from Los Angeles to Washington State is 1,600 miles, so if you drove it without stopping, it would take you about 30 hours. But who wants to drive it all without stopping? Since you'll surely want to take your time, rest, and see lots of amazing sights along the way, you should plan at least a week for this road trip - and maybe even more.

This Northern California section of U.S. Route 101 sounds amazing! What other parts are travelers' favorites?

This route is really special from beginning to end and you'll never get bored along the way. However, with that said, there are some parts that people are very fond of, and it's likely that you will be, too! Here are a few to get you started: