My parents and I went on a road trip from Los Angeles California to San Francisco by way of Yosemite National Park and Napa Valley. Driving up the Pacific Coast Highway for all its stunning views is still a massive undertaking due to the sheer number of stops one can make.

To start the trip we flew in Los Angeles as our starting point, I know that a lot of people start in San Diego but we didn’t have enough time to do all the stops we wanted on the way north if we added the extra time in Southern California.

Our Stops:

Los Angeles – Venice Beach & Canals, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Griffth Park Observatory, Rodeo Drive, Mulholland Drive and Hollywood

Malibu – Malibu Pier (Malibu Farms… typical Instagram Fueled Millenial) and El Matador State Beach

Santa Barbara – Harbour and the Town

Pismo Beach – Beach and Pier

San Luis Obispo/San Simeon – Hearst Castle, Elephant Beach

Big Sur – Ragged Point, McWay Falls, Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park (Pink Beach), Bixby Bridge, Nepenthe (Restaurant with an AMAZING view)

Carmel by the Sea – Pebble Beach and 18 Mile Drive

Monterey – Whale Watching

Sausalito – FOOD jk. we just drove through Sausalito on our way to Napa, but we did stop and walk around the waterfront

Napa Valley – Opus One Winery, St. Helena (Small Town), and a couple other Wineries

Yosemite National Park – Tunnel View, Bridaveil Falls, El Capitan, Sheeps Meadow, Mirror Lake, Lower Yosemite Falls and Redwoods!

Palo Alto – Stanford ( We just drove through but it was fun to see the campus)

San Fransico – Golden Gate Bridge, Chrissy Field/ Presidio, Ghiradelli Square, Fishermans Wharf, Lombard Street, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Union Square, Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies, and Haight Ashbury.

Here is my google map with everything we saw or wanted to see: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l6LeuxrYRJ3OrWx-AqnHO0LXfMI&usp=sharing

If you are planning on doing a similar road trip, my advice would be to see and do everything you possibly can. With forest fires, landslides, erosion, and overall climate change you don’t know if what you want to see will be there in a year or two (example, Bixby Bridge).

My favourite place was hands down Big Sur, it’s simply breathtaking and uniquely Pacific Northwest.

Enough talk some of my favourite pictures are below (yes there is a lot, I can’t narrow them down for the life of me) and there are more up on my Instagram if you want to see the full collection!

xoxo, Steph

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Venice Canals

Santa Monica Beach

LACMA

Malibu Pier

Malibu Farms

Malibu Pier

Surfer 😉

Cold Brew

Sanata Monica Beach

Venice

Griffith Park Observatory

Griffith Park Observatory

LACMA

Acai Bowl from Malibu Farms

El Matador State Beach

El Matador State Beach

Santa Barbra Harbour

Pismo Beach Pier

Pismo Beach

Somewhere on the Pacific Coast Highway in San Luis Obispo

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Elephant Seal Beach, San Simeon

Elephant Seal Beach

Elephant Seal Beach

SONY DSC

Big Sur

Big Sur

Ragged Point

Big Sur

Julia Pfieffer Burns Beach

Julia Pfieffer Burns Beach

Julia Pfieffer Burns Beach

Julia Pfieffer Burns Beach

Carmel by the Sea

Whale Watching

Sausalito

Sausalito

Opus One Winery, Napa Valley

PCH

Lookouts in San Simeon

Ragged Point

Big Sur

Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park

Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square

Haight Ashbury

Painted Ladies

Golden Gate Bridge

Lombard Street

 

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