This is one of the most beautiful roads in the world. It can be drive in 9 hours but the best way if you can make it is to take your time and enjoy the ride. You will take the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) along the coast; do not follow the direct highway.If you have the possibility to choose, drive from the North to the South, by this way, you will enjoy definitely more your ride as you will drive on the coast side of the road. It is easier to admire the landscape.You will visit trendy places where Hollywood stars use to go for their holidays such as Carmel or Monterey, picturesque villages with a lot of charm. In addition if you are a surfer or if you want to try it, feel free to do so in Santa Cruz, one of the best in the world for surfing!
Couple: The perfect vehicle for this road trip for a couple will be the Euro Tourer with 2 berths and its luxury features to enjoy a marvellous American sunrise with your sweetheart.
Family: For a family we recommend the Happy Explorer. This 5 Berth will provide all the comfort that your kids and you need for this amazing journey. In addition it is equiped with a TV/DVD that will entertain children during the trip
Redwood forests and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (amusement park) are the main attractions. It is recognized as one of the best places in the world for surfing with notably 11 world famous surf breaks and described in the Beach Boys song
“Surfin’ USA”. That is why Santa Cruz is one of the two California cities which hold the name of "Surf City", with marvellous sandy beaches. The O’Neill headquarter is located in Santa Cruz as well and the area has Mediterranean weather which is sunny and warm, allowing plenty of outdoor activities such as surfing and kayaking… Finally watch the sunset over the ocean, such a wonderful place…
Monterey was the Alta California capital (New California) between 1777 and 1846 and the city has a unique style in terms of architecture due to its Spanish past. If you can, try to visit The Monterey Bay Aquarium, really attractive with hundreds of species of marine life, then Cannery Row from the John Steinbeck’s novel and finally the Fisherman’s wharf with plenty of seafood restaurants. Afterwards a good option which doesn’t take too long is to explore Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Carmel by the sea
Founded in 1902, Carmel by the sea is a pretty small town. Clint Eastwood was one of the Mayors from 1986 to 1988, it is famous for its scenery and its artistic history with artist like George Sterling who helped to establish this artist town. Try to visit Pacific Grove as well - most of the houses in the inner city have been made by the town’s citizen or by the owner himself, referring to the long tradition of aesthetic presence in the city.
If your plan allows a stop, you can discover Big Sur (El pais grande del sur, in Spanish). From this point you can have one of the best views on the coast thanks to its mountains. You'll find some luxurious hotels or you can camp
in the woods to admire the stars in the sky. You will find tremendous parks as well like the Carmel River State Park or the Pfeifer Big Sur Park.
Hearst Castle is one of California's most famous tourist destinations. The castle is decorated with Spanish and Italian furniture in old fashioned style, retaining the Renaissance style with two incredible outdoor and indoor pools, the "Neptune" and "Roman" pool where you will feel like ‘Caesar’. Call to book before coming, ph. 800-444-4445 or on their website as it is always busy.
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo was founded by a Franciscan mission in 1772. It is one of the oldest cities of California with around 50,000 inhabitants. The centre is really colourful due to its Romanesque and Art Deco style. Thanks to its past you can feel an individual style here compared to other California cities. It is the home town of the California Polytechnic State University, many movies and music festivals which makes the city very young and dynamic.
Santa Barbara or the ‘American Rivera’ is well known for its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Like the Santa Barbara County Courthouse which is one of the most beautiful public buildings in the United State or the Presidio of Santa Barbara listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Worth the trip! By visiting Santa Barbara you will see that shopping, fine food, historic attractions, cultural sites and beaches are just few meters away from you.
Have a look at the breathtaking scenery during a drive in California