3 Coastal Drives You've Gotta Add to Your Bucket List

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Written by Whitney Strong Popa (@whitpopa), www.thebrandnextdoor.com
Summer is the best time of year to test out that throwback jams playlist you’ve been working on, put on your latest loot from our new online store, and hop in the car to get away from it all. Windows down, breeze in your hair, and plenty of SPF on whatever arm is hanging out the window can’t be beat when you’ve got nothing but time. Take these coastal drives and share your adventures with us by adding #MadeWild to your posts.

Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco

Miles: 320
Duration: 6 hours or more
How Long We’d Spend Driving It: 3 days
If you’ve never driven this iconic path of highway, you won’t want to rush. It is sprinkled with vista points and Instagrammable moments. We’d spend a night in Santa Barbara (try the tacos at Lily’s), make sure we stopped at McWay Falls and Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, and head north through San Luis Obisbo—don’t miss the wine tasting here!—to spend the night in Carmel-by-the-Sea before taking a detour onto 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach and eventually arriving in the City by the Bay. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, continue north to where Highway 1 becomes Highway 101 and drive the Avenue of the Giants in the Redwood National Forest.
Views along the coast of California’s Highway 1
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Steps to the beach in Santa Barbara, CA
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Vista point along Highway 1
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McWay Falls
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Bixby Bridge
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Hairpin turns along Highway 1
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Highway 101 from Bandon, OR to Portland, OR

Miles: 240
Duration: 4 hours or more
How Long We’d Spend Driving It: 2 days
Bandon is one of the more underrated coastal towns in Oregon. It’s pretty windy most of the time, but its views and lack of crowds add to its appeal. For the golfers in the family, Bandon is home to one of the most famous courses in Oregon, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Beach-lovers will want to snap photos of the famous Face Rock and won’t have much interference from other tourists. As you head north, be sure to take a small detour to watch your favorite cheese come off the conveyor belt at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, pose in front of Haystack Rock in Canon Beach, and grab a coffee before strolling the shore in Cape Kiwanda.
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Redwoods in the Avenue of the Giants
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One of many lighthouses along the Oregon Coast
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Bandon, OR Face Rock
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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
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Cape Kiwanda
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Tillamook Cheese Factory
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Overseas Freeway from Miami to the Key West

Miles: 160
Duration: 3 hours or more
How Long We’d Spend Driving It: 1 day
If you’re feeling more East Coast vibes (or want to stalk the locations in our new favorite Netflix show, Bloodline), take your time cruising from Miami to Key West on this legendary piece of highway. Start with an acai bowl at Pura Vida in South Beach and fuel up before hitting the road. The most famous stretch of the Overseas Freeway is 7 Mile Bridge, which connects Knight’s Key to Little Duck’s Key. You’ll be completely awed by that turquoise water and charmed by the friendly people—just make sure you pack plenty of h2o for this adventure—it can get pretty humid.
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Overseas Freeway
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Overseas Freeway
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Overseas Freeway
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Anything we missed, or any coastal adventures you’ve taken you want to tell us about? Add them in the comments, and adventure on!

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