Road trip: Seattle to San Diego in a Tesla
Updated: Jun 25, 2020
Driving along the pacific coast is one of the most iconic road trips in the United States. There are plenty of Tesla superchargers and EV chargers along the way making it super easy to take this trip in your a Tesla!
Checklist before you start
Fully charged car
Tesla charger and connectors
Phone tray is setup with charging cables
Lots of water and snacks
Pack your bags and load
Pro tip: Put your Games, beach towels etc in your frunk for easy access
Pro tip: Get AAA membership that will get you a discount on hotel stays at most inns/hotels. The basic membership will pay itself back in 3 - 4 nights of hotel stays.
101 and highway 1 is the most scenic route you can take from Seattle to San Diego.Take 101 from Seattle, Washington through Oregon cost to Rockport, California and Highway 1 from Rockport to San Diego, California. Get directions
Charging your Tesla
If this is your first trip with a Tesla, remember Range anxiety is real! You may make more stops than needed to supercharge your Vehicle for the first few days. You should get a good feel of the car by day 3!
Plan with supercharging
Day 1: Columbia River meets Pacific
From I-5 make your way to Long beach, WA to get on 101. Take Astoria bridge to enter Oregon. As you take 101 to go along Oregon Coast you can make a stop at Canon Beach, beautiful city of Seaside OR (and you can supercharge here!).
You can spend the night at the Lincoln City or Newport OR. Don't forget to either find a place with EV charger or supercharge a night before at Lincoln City.
Day 2: Oregon Coast lighthouses, Sand Dunes and Chowder
Continue south along Oregon coast which has a lot to offer. On the way you can stop at Devil's punchbowl, Thor's well, Heceta head lighthouse, Oregon Dunes and Bandon’s Beach Loop Drive (supercharge here).
You can stay at Bandon or travel further south to Brookings.
Day 3: Northern California and Redwoods
From Bandon, make your way to Highway 1 and enter Norther California. Dont forget to stop at sister's rock and gold beach on your way. As you enter norther California, you will see a beautiful California coastline and breathtaking views (supercharge at Crescent City or Eureka on the way).
Explore majestic Redwoods at Avenue of the Giants, a 31 mile drive through some of the oldest and largest Redwoods.
Day 4: San Francisco Bay
Continue along the northern California coastline from Bodega Bay, Point Reyes national seashore, Sausalito to San Francisco. We loved looking at the golden gate bridge from our Tesla Model 3's glass roof.
If you haven't been to SF, we recommend spending couple of days exploring the city. If you are saving it for another trip, you can make your way to half moon bay or Monterey.
Day 5-6: Big Sur
The coastline between Carmel and San Simeon is called Big Sur. This scenic highway along the coastline would be one of the highlights of your trip! We recommend spending a night at one of the cabins at Big Sur to truly do justice to this place.
And yes, there is a supercharger in the Big Sur area!
Day 7: Southern California
Sunshine, beaches and palm trees welcome you to southern California. You can have a lazy brunch at Santa Barbra and enjoy the sun as you sip mimosas at a sea-facing restaurant. If you love this place (as we do) stay here a day or make your way south to Los Angeles.
Day 8: San Diego
As you battle LA traffic, auto-pilot on your Tesla will come in handy (and reduce any road rage you might experience!). As you enter San Diego, do plan to stay a few days in this laid back city!