The Golden State is full of natural wonders and one of the best ways to see them is from a bird's eye view. If you love a good adventure, you should add these California road trip destinations with the best cliff views to your bucket list. Some of these spots are almost too beautiful to believe.

Whether you prefer exploring lush green forests, coastal views above the Pacific Ocean, or something in between, there's something on this list for everyone. 

Here's the best part. All of these trails are easy. Your dream travel destination could be right around the corner. 

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

Difficulty: Easy

Price: Free

Location: Ladera St., San Diego, CA

Why You Should Go: You can drive right up to these breathtaking ocean views.

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Glacier Point

Difficulty: Easy 

Price: $35 park entrance fee

Location: Glacier Point Rd., Yosemite Valley, CA 

Why You Should Go: This 1-mile roundtrip trail takes you to panoramic views of Half Dome, countless waterfalls, and the entire valley.

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McWay Falls

Difficulty: Easy

Price: $10 park entrance fee

Location: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, CA

Why You Should Go: You’ll see amazing views of an 80-foot turquoise waterfall cascading onto the beach. 

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Mendocino Headlands State Park

Difficulty: Easy

Price: Free

Location: Mendocino, CA

Why You Should Go: This gentle trail leads you to serene, uncrowded seaside bluffs.

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Difficulty: Easy

Price: Free

Location: Point Reyes Station, CA 

Why You Should Go: This protected coastline is home to elk, deer, and the cliffs are a great spot for whale watching.

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Sentinel Dome

Difficulty: Easy

Price: $35 park entrance fee

Location: Yosemite National Park, CA

Why You Should Go: Soak up endless views of the Yosemite Valley and High Sierras. 

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While you're planning out your next vacation, you should also check out these colorful spring break destinations in California. From rainbow-colored mountains to glass beaches and turquoise water, it's the ultimate hidden gem list.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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