Our country has a lot of scenic drives—mountains, lakes, verdant hills, desert, and more. But if we’re really being honest, not much can top the thrill of rolling with your windows down on a coastal drive with the shoreline so close, salty ocean spray practically flits into your nostrils. With so much coast to choose from, however, it can be hard to narrow the road trips down. That’s why we did the grueling work of finding the top contenders in the nation for an oceanfront joyride. Worth noting: Our orientation guidelines can go either way, Santa Monica to Malibu or Malibu to Santa Monica are both fine by us. Read on, and plot your next adventure.
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