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The Pacific Coast Highway winds along the dramatic Northern California coastline. 960 1280

  

The craggy cliffs of Big Sur provide breathtaking photo opportunities. 960 1280

  

Plan a rest stop in the laid-back town of Pismo Beach. 960 1280

  

It's hard not to succumb to a fairytale fantasy driving through this misty valley near San Luis Obispo. 960 1280

  

The Santa Barbara Mission is a must-see for road-trippers driving the PCH. 960 1280

  

Pay a visit to the town of Solvang, a perfect representation of a Danish village. 960 1280

  

Gasp-worthy vistas lurk around every bend in the Pacific Coast Highway. 960 1280

  

Leave all fear of heights at home as you cross Bixby Bridge. 960 1280

  

Waves crash around the rocky shoreline along the highway. 960 1280

  

Spend time wandering the scenic beachfront in Carmel by the Sea. 960 1280

  

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Once the home of William Randolph Hearst, the Hearst Castle is one of the largest historic house museums in the US. It offers several tours which cover the estate's grand rooms, upstairs suites, cottages and kitchens. 960 1280

Jim G, flickr  

Oregon Dunes

Oregon Dunes

Stretching south from Florence, OR, to Coos Bay, 40 miles of Oregon's coast is home to the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. Sand dunes, hundreds of feet high, provide a habitat for wildlife. Visitors can hike, take pictures and drive off-road vehicles. 960 1280

John Fowler via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse was built on 47.7 acres of land in 1870. It holds 4 unique records: It's the oldest continuously operating light, it's the most westerly, it has the highest focal plane above the sea (256 feet) and it had Oregon's first woman keeper, Mabel E. Bretherton. Today the lighthouse is all automated with a motor to rotate it, plus a special light that flashes every 18.2 seconds. 960 1280

Clinton Steeds via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Stearns Warf

Stearns Warf

Stearns Wharf was built in 1872 to serve ships. It eventually became a naval installation. Today the wharf is one of the largest attractions in Santa Barbara with shops and restaurants that bring more than 5 million annual visitors. 960 1280

Lars Aronsson, Wikimedia commons  

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, on the coast of California. The area is home to many marine animals, including sea otters, harbor seals and bottlenose dolphins. It is also the breeding site for elephant seals. 960 1280

Adam Baker, flickr  

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park features a lagoon and natural bay habitat. It includes a museum, marina and golf course. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking and bird watching, especially in the marsh area. 960 1280

Mike Baird, flickr  

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua is located in Oregon on US Route 101. At its highest point, the bluff rises more than 800 feet above sea level. Camping, picnicking, hiking and whale watching are all big activities within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. 960 1280

Amy Selleck, flickr  

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park has more than a million acres to explore, and includes 3 different ecosystems. You'll find Pacific Ocean beaches, rainforest valleys and glacier-capped peaks. The park is home to a variety of plants and animals. 960 1280

Frank Kovalchek via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Margo Dodd Park

Margo Dodd Park

This ocean-bluff park includes a gazebo, a grassy recreation area and a large tide pool where you can snorkel. The park overlooks the ocean, and you can see lots of birds and marine life. 960 1280

Teri Vogel, flickr  

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park is home to the world's tallest trees, as well as wildlife such as bears and eagles. The park also includes 40 miles of wild coastline where animals such as sea lions, osprey and pelicans live. 960 1280

ilya_ktsn via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

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The Pacific Coast Highway winds along the dramatic Northern California coastline. 960 1280

  

The craggy cliffs of Big Sur provide breathtaking photo opportunities. 960 1280

  

Plan a rest stop in the laid-back town of Pismo Beach. 960 1280

  

It's hard not to succumb to a fairytale fantasy driving through this misty valley near San Luis Obispo. 960 1280

  

The Santa Barbara Mission is a must-see for road-trippers driving the PCH. 960 1280

  

Pay a visit to the town of Solvang, a perfect representation of a Danish village. 960 1280

  

Gasp-worthy vistas lurk around every bend in the Pacific Coast Highway. 960 1280

  

Leave all fear of heights at home as you cross Bixby Bridge. 960 1280

  

Waves crash around the rocky shoreline along the highway. 960 1280

  

Spend time wandering the scenic beachfront in Carmel by the Sea. 960 1280

  

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Once the home of William Randolph Hearst, the Hearst Castle is one of the largest historic house museums in the US. It offers several tours which cover the estate's grand rooms, upstairs suites, cottages and kitchens. 960 1280

Jim G, flickr  

Oregon Dunes

Oregon Dunes

Stretching south from Florence, OR, to Coos Bay, 40 miles of Oregon's coast is home to the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area. Sand dunes, hundreds of feet high, provide a habitat for wildlife. Visitors can hike, take pictures and drive off-road vehicles. 960 1280

John Fowler via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Cape Blanco Lighthouse was built on 47.7 acres of land in 1870. It holds 4 unique records: It's the oldest continuously operating light, it's the most westerly, it has the highest focal plane above the sea (256 feet) and it had Oregon's first woman keeper, Mabel E. Bretherton. Today the lighthouse is all automated with a motor to rotate it, plus a special light that flashes every 18.2 seconds. 960 1280

Clinton Steeds via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Stearns Warf

Stearns Warf

Stearns Wharf was built in 1872 to serve ships. It eventually became a naval installation. Today the wharf is one of the largest attractions in Santa Barbara with shops and restaurants that bring more than 5 million annual visitors. 960 1280

Lars Aronsson, Wikimedia commons  

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, on the coast of California. The area is home to many marine animals, including sea otters, harbor seals and bottlenose dolphins. It is also the breeding site for elephant seals. 960 1280

Adam Baker, flickr  

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay State Park features a lagoon and natural bay habitat. It includes a museum, marina and golf course. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking and bird watching, especially in the marsh area. 960 1280

Mike Baird, flickr  

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua

Cape Perpetua is located in Oregon on US Route 101. At its highest point, the bluff rises more than 800 feet above sea level. Camping, picnicking, hiking and whale watching are all big activities within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. 960 1280

Amy Selleck, flickr  

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park has more than a million acres to explore, and includes 3 different ecosystems. You'll find Pacific Ocean beaches, rainforest valleys and glacier-capped peaks. The park is home to a variety of plants and animals. 960 1280

Frank Kovalchek via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

Margo Dodd Park

Margo Dodd Park

This ocean-bluff park includes a gazebo, a grassy recreation area and a large tide pool where you can snorkel. The park overlooks the ocean, and you can see lots of birds and marine life. 960 1280

Teri Vogel, flickr  

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park is home to the world's tallest trees, as well as wildlife such as bears and eagles. The park also includes 40 miles of wild coastline where animals such as sea lions, osprey and pelicans live. 960 1280

ilya_ktsn via Flickr Creative Commons 2.0  

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Ford Atlas Concept

Ford Atlas Concept

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford Motor Company unveiled the Atlas concept truck, which allowed people to get their first glimpse at the future of the F-Series pickup line. Approximately 6,000 members of the media from 68 countries will attend the show this year. The auto show is open to the public from Saturday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 27. 960 1280

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Bentley Continental GT

Bentley Continental GT

Reach 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds thanks to the extra 16-horsepower torque engine in the new Bentley Continental GT speed convertible. In addition to improved gas mileage, this Bentley’s upgraded infotainment system provides more points of interest, optional satellite landscape imagery and live traffic data. 960 1280

Reuters/James Fassinger  

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

For the first time in 9 years, Chevrolet has revamped its Corvette Stingray. The controversial new design has created some buzz among car connoisseurs. The Corvette’s signature round taillights have been replaced with square lights that lean away from the center. 960 1280

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BMW 4 Series i3 Coupe

BMW 4 Series i3 Coupe

BMW unveiled its concept sports car, the i3 Coupe, at the auto show. The automaker claims that this is the first car to be part of the world’s first all-electric series. And to appeal more to the sports car market, BMW has made the car wider with a flowing design seen from the grill, along the window line and across the rear. 960 1280

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Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Charge it up and go! The Ford Focus electric car comes equipped with a home charging unit. 960 1280

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Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis

The Korean carmaker Hyundai is trying to expand its reach into the luxury car market with Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis. The car’s eye-tracking feature allows the driver to select a function with a single glance, while the 3D system allows the driver to use minimal gestures to make their selection. Perfect for keeping the driver less distracted during a fun road trip. 960 1280

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Mercedes-Benz Showroom

Mercedes-Benz Showroom

Mercedes-Benz, like most big automakers, has its own section at the Detroit auto show. Some of the new cars on display include the Mercedes-Benz SL550, E 63 AMG and CLA 200. 960 1280

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Tesla Model X Concept SUV

Tesla Model X Concept SUV

Franz Von Holzhausen, chief designer for Tesla, talks about the Model X family SUV/minivan prototype with rear gull-wing doors to give passengers more room to move around in the center row and to add ease when removing groceries or setting up a child seat. 960 1280

Reuters/James Fassinger  

Ford Showroom

Ford Showroom

Ford Motor Company displays their latest cars, trucks and SUVs for the thousands of spectators expected to converge on Joe Louis Arena for the auto show. 960 1280

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Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman

An auto aficionado photographs a 2014 Porsche Cayman. New features include adaptive cruise control, automatic braking to avoid collisions and a 12-speaker, 800-watt Burmester audio system. It is also the first Porsche to offer push-button start. 960 1280

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Nissan Resonance

Nissan Resonance

Dr. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of the Nissan Motor Company, unveils the new Nissan Resonance concept hybrid-electric vehicle at the auto show. 960 1280

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Acura NSX

Acura NSX

An upgrade from the 2012 concept model, the Acura NSX is now a step closer to production in 2015. The updated 2-seat, hybrid coupe features a mid-mounted V6 engine that is being developed in the US where it will also be built. 960 1280

Reuters/James Fassinger  

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

At the 2013 NAIAS, auto enthusiasts will be able to get an inside view of the comfy, rear-facing seats in the new Tesla Model S. 960 1280

Reuters/James Fassinger  

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Mark Reuss

Mark Reuss

Mark Reuss, president of General Motors North America, unveils 3 new Chevrolets -- (L-R) The Code 130R, the Sonic RS and the Tru 140S -- during the first press preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 960 1280

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Scissor Doors

Scissor Doors

The first look at the new 2012 concept car, the BMW i8, featuring all-glass Lamborghini-style scissor doors. 960 1280

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The New Mercedes

The New Mercedes

The new Mercedes-Benz, smart-for-us car is shown during a media preview day. 960 1280

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Toyota Exhibit

Toyota Exhibit

The Toyota exhibit during a media preview day includes such cars as the Camry and Prius V. 960 1280

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Honda Motor Company

Honda Motor Company

John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Company, introduces the 2013 Accord Coupe concept car during the press preview. 960 1280

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2013 Scion FRS

2013 Scion FRS

A 2013 Scion FRS sits on display during the second press preview day. 960 1280

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Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

The green-bodied Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels concept car is displayed. 960 1280

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Vintage 1952

Vintage 1952

A vintage 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL automobile with the leather strap on the hood. 960 1280

Reuters  

Smartphone on Wheels

Smartphone on Wheels

Toyota dubs the Fun-Vii a "smartphone on wheels" that allows the driver to change the way it looks just by pressing a button. The body shell includes touch-screen panels, and side displays can be adjusted to alter the vehicle's color as well as display motion video and user interface. 960 1280

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Calty Design

Calty Design

Lexus has unveiled a real stunner in the LF-LC hybrid Sports concept. Designed at its Calty Design Research facility in California, the vehicle won the EyesOnDesign Award for Design Excellence. 960 1280

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Acura NSX

Acura NSX

Members of the media look at the Acura NSX concept car during the first press preview day. 960 1280

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Uniquely Designed

Uniquely Designed

An interior view of the uniquely designed, smart-for-us concept car, displayed on the final press preview day. 960 1280

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Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company

The Ford Motor Company exhibit is being looked over moments before being shown at the start of the first press preview day. 960 1280

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General Motors

General Motors

Mark Reuss introduces the Code 130R concept vehicle for General Motors. 960 1280

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