California Bucket List: Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip


Ever since we moved to San Francisco in 2011 we’ve had a long list of experiences we wanted to have here. One of those was to take a road trip down the California coast. We decided to drive Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles with good friends in April, and it was unforgettable.

Our first stop was Carmel, where we spent one night. The next morning we explored the 17 mile drive through Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula. We were early enough to hop out of the car and walk around on the famed golf course (before being very kindly asked to get off the green).

We spent the next day driving through Big Sur, which is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been. Jeff kept his eye out for the spot where we got engaged three and a half years ago, and he pulled the car over to hop out when we found it.

On our way down the coast, after an early breakfast at Big Sur Bakery, we pulled over for lunch and someone recommended we pass through the vineyards in Paso Robles. He also told us to visit the seals a few miles down the road (and let us know we’d smell them from miles way). The best part about a road trip is that you aren’t rushing to get somewhere. The drive is part of the experience, and we welcomed any pitstops along the way (particularly any stops involving wine).

We finally made our way to Santa Barbara, and we spent a few days in this gorgeous town. One of our favorite moments from our stop here was sitting on Butterfly Beach at sunset with a bottle of wine (or two).

Our last stop was Los Angeles, and we spent a bit of time in Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach. It was such a small snapshot of LA, and we hope to be back again soon to explore more.

Throughout this trip we couldn’t help but think about the overwhelming beauty of these places right in our own backyard. We laughed as we thought about how we are leaving California to visit so many other places when the most amazing place of all might just be right here. We will see…


One thought on “California Bucket List: Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

  1. I love this!! Made me so nostalgic — what a great week that was. I can’t wait to see more added from your amazing upcoming adventures. Already miss you guys 😦 😦 🙂 🙂


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