Pacific Coast Highway/CA State Route 1, California
Location: San Francisco to Los Angeles
Distance: 470 miles; 9 hours
This classic West Coast route is the drive of a lifetime, meant for taking your time to enjoy the exhilarating curves, views, and infinite roadside diversions. So give it at least three or four days. Start with snacks: Just south of San Francisco, blackberry and olallieberry farms, some with picnic areas, edge the coast along Pescadero. On the central coast are Monterey's touristy Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row, the art galleries of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Big Sur's pounding surf and ragged cliffs. You can sip wine in Paso Robles and hit the Thursday night farmers' market in downtown San Luis Obispo. Watch for stand-up paddleboarders in Santa Barbara and surfers at Malibu Pier.
Favorite Stops: Stroll the Santa Cruz boardwalk or shop L.A.'s hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard. In Morro Bay, kayak to popular haul-out areas for sea lions and seals.
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