Destinations along the West Coast

67 beauty spots along the Pacific
Land meets water -- now there's an irresistible story. And here are several dozen chapters from the Pacific Coast version of that endless tale. We've covered all these waterfront California, Oregon and Washington destinations recently, and now we've brought our findings together with photos and links to resources within and beyond the pages of The Times. "Distance" for each destination refers to the driving distance from downtown Los Angeles.

Prowl here for all sorts of Pacific possibilities: A weekend of surfing? A week of stormwatching? A road trip? An early retirement? Whichever you choose, don't forget the sunblock.

-- Christpher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer

La Jolla Morro Rock Ragged Point Deception Pass
Border Field State Park
Here, at the south end of San Diego County's coast, the Tijuana River meets the sea and California humbly begins.

Hotel del Coronado
The red-roofed hotel, which dates to the 19th century, stands a few miles from downtown San Diego.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse
The lighthouse, at Cabrillo National Monument, has been guiding mariners into San Diego's harbor since 1855.

Santa Barbara
The city's attractions include its beaches, the nightlife on State Street and the estates on its hillsides.

El Capitan State Beach
The beach features about 140 campsites and a 3-mile hiking or biking trail to Refugio State Beach.

Avila Beach
Avila Beach is a small town in San Luis Obispo County with a pier and a Friday fish and farmers market.

Once the capital of California, Monterey lately gets more attention for its extensive aquarium.

Santa Cruz
Pacific Avenue, the main commercial drag of Santa Cruz, leads directly the beach and municipal wharf.

Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, known for big waves, is a popular weekend destination for Bay Area residents.

Harris Beach State Park
This park, just north of Brookings, Ore., is full of seastacks and tide pools, with cabins, yurts and campsites.

Gold Beach
The roadside scenery in Gold Beach, Ore., includes the cool mural work on Tsunami Willie's.

Port Orford
In Port Orford, concrete dinosaurs fill the dense greenery of Prehistoric Gardens.

Ilwaco sits near the south end of Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

The Depot restaurant, which sits in Seaview, offers fancy dinners (wild boar Florentine, Peruvian mango sea scallops).

Beneath Kalaloch Lodge, the beach is thickly strewn with mega-driftwood, and you're allowed to make little campfires.



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