There is nothing like a long drive along the coastal route of California. The breathtaking scenery, the wonderful stop-offs and the calm and soothing wind blowing in your face playing with your hair will sweep you off your feet. If you drive from north to south along the 550 mile stretch you’ll be on the ocean side of the road the entire way and wouldn’t want the ride to end.

Here is a list of a few things you can do on a Pacific Coast Highway road trip.

  1. Monterey
    Situated 115 miles on the south of San Francisco has a wonderful bird sanctuary and some cultural attractions. Add to that the moderate temperature conditions all the year round and you’re in for a treat! A night at the Spindrift Inn is a night next to the aquarium. For a green experience take a detour along the 17-Mile Drive to Pebble Beach.

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  1. Carmel-by-the-Sea
    This is known as the most picturesque stretch of the coastline along the entire route. Forge in the Forest is a great place to have a luncheon on redwood tables that are tucked in the gardens. If you go to the South of Carmel you will be greeted by the coastal fog which when lifts up will reveal a beautiful view.


  1. Big Sur
    Approximately 30 miles for Carmel you will reach Big Sur, a place that is home to snakes crawling on the roads and creeping you out.  The place also has a lot of natural scenery.

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  1. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    Witness the 80 foot waterfall cascades from the granite cliffs onto the beach.

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  1. Piedras Blancas Beach
    The elephant seals adorn the beach in the winter months.
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  1. Hearst Castle
    It is a beautiful little paradise that visitors love visiting because it is worth it.
  1. Nit Wit Ridge
    This is a castle that has been built from all kinds of objects. It is known as “Treasure from Trash”.
  1. San Luis Obispo
    If surfing is what you want then you must go to this college town. It has some of the coolest hotels ever.
  1. Pismo Beach
    You’ll love seeing the trees aflutter with orange and black monarch butterflies flashing by during the winter season here.
  1. Santa Ynez Valley
    A great place to be for all the wine lovers, Santa Ynez Valley will delight you to the very core.
  1. Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, the “American Riviera” will give you a wonderful opportunity to experience the true surf-and-sand lifestyle. You can walk aimlessly and breathe in the early Californian atmosphere.
  1. Stearns Wharf
    The tourist Mecca is a pleasant place to visit. The Cabrillo Inn at the beach is a fantastic place to spend the night considering the large number of oceanfront options. Plus they’re economical too.

    For a romantic dinner go to the Harbor Restaurant and enjoy the sumptuous seafood.