Seven spots you shouldn’t miss while driving down from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Highway 1.
Let’s carry on with my series about my trip along the west coast. You can read about 5 free things to do in San Francisco, if you haven’t yet as well. This post ist about my 7 favorite spots along the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Enjoy!
The Golden Gate Bridge & Promenade
I already mentioned that I think walking the Golden Gate Bridge is (as touristy as it is), really one of those things you shouldn’t miss before heading down the Highway 1. If you have the time, start off at Pier 39 and walk along the promenade, enjoying the view and the sea.
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
Everyone said the boardwalk in Santa Cruz is oh so nice. Yeah, it wasn’t bad – but the REAL gem here was West Cliff Drive. We went there right before sunset and managed to get one of the last free parking spaces. The cliffs here are incredibly popular with surfers and the sunset is just breath taking. Don’t miss this!
Garrapata State Park/Beach
The beach at the Garrapata State Park was our lunch spot, after grabbing some freshly made sandwiches from the Safeway in Carmel. Yes, I just said Safeway. They have a fresh bar there and I haven’t had a sandwich as good as that one in a long, long while. But apart from having awesome sandwiches on this beach, the waves and the view was just spectacular. There were just a handful of other people there, which made it all the more wonderful.
Limekiln State Park Campground
We had a tent with us and camped in this little campground in the middle of Big Sur. No reception on our phones, no electricity. But, they have running water and real bathrooms on this campground 😉 The campground is also the entrance to the state park and has a beautiful little beach connected to it. As there is hardly any light there, you can see the stars so very, very clear there at night. Even though I live in the countryside here in Austria, I can’t even see them like this here.
Big Sur – yes the whole of it!
The whole stretch of the Big Sur is just one wonderful beach or cliff after the other, and we could’ve literally stopped at every single bend. I’ve seen quite a few beautiful beaches and cliffs while traveling, but this stretch of coast road is definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen.
So, okay – the weather wasn’t great when we were in Morro Bay. But, it is a really cute little town with this really impressive rock in the sea. Sunsets there can be spectacular, just do a quick picture search. 😉
The Griffith Observatory is quite a touristy spot, to be honest. BUT the view is amazing – day and night. We went there twice, once for sunset and the other time during the day. Both times the view was wonderful, but the traffic there was definitely NOT. The whole Los Angeles area has a “bit” of a traffic problem and going up there was no difference. So if you want to catch the sunset, be sure to plan in plenty of time to make it to the observatory – you will need it. It’s definitely worth it though! 🙂
Have you been to any of those places? Is there anything specific you want to hear about from my trip? Please let me know!