Take a Trip Down the California Coast

Take a Trip Down the California Coast
Sarina Caltagirone

Want to travel around California? Look no further! Take a trip down the California coast and experience these cool places on the way! Start in NorCal and end your long trip in SoCal. Each stop along the Pacific Coast Highway offers something special!


Stop 1: San Francisco, California

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and make sure to go down twisty Lombard Street!


Stop 2: Half Moon Bay

45 minutes from San Francisco, you’ll reach Half Moon Bay. This cozy coastal seaside village offers many fun activities! You must walk around Main Street, hike along one of the many coastal trails, and try a lobster roll from Sam’s Chowder House.


Stop 3: Santa Cruz

A must in Santa Cruz is to visit the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Ride the Giant Dipper, go on the Ferris Wheel that overlooks the beach, and enjoy a fun day. 


Stop 4: Monterey/Carmel-by-the-Sea

Spend a few hours at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and walk around Cannery Row! A few miles from Monterey, stop at Carmel-by-the-Sea and take a hike along a coastal trail. If you have time, make sure to watch the sunset at Carmel Beach Park!


Stop 5: Santa Barbara

In Santa Barbara,  you’ll find tons of beaches and a very laid back atmosphere. Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara,  Stearn’s Wharf, and make time to go to the beach!


Stop 6: Malibu

Malibu offers widespread beaches and beyond the beaches lies canyons, horse ranches, waterfront restaurants, and many hiking trails. You have to visit Paradise Cove!


Stop 7: Los Angeles/Santa Monica

End your trip in the beautiful city of Los Angeles. Start by strolling around the city of L.A. and take a hike in the Hollywood Hills. Be sure to check out the Santa Monica Boardwalk and the Venice Beach Boardwalk.

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