Hi all. I've got a road trip coming up this summer (July) - taking a couple of days to drive California's famous Highway 1 from LA to SF and am looking for some help on good places to eat/stay, etc. Anyone have any tips o' wisdom you'd like to impart? Fire away! I know I've got some time to plan, but figure you can never start to early...
The PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) is really nice... July will be a fantastic time. Rent a convertable. heh
Santa Barbara, Solvang (a little off the PCH), Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Big Sur, Carmelle are all nice stops.
I hear that summer time in the Bay area is very foggy. So plan on it being cooler than July temps. I just traveled about the same route (except from LA I went out to the southern Sierra Nevada, then back out to the coast). I'm traveling in an rv so, places to stay and eat...I dunno. Stops however I can help out. Morro Bay is beautiful. Quaint shops and lots of restaurants (there must be good eats there, I saw Rachael Ray filming a show there). Also, Moonstone Beach in San Simeon. We met 2 really cool people who worked at the Cambria Shores Inn. The Inn (which is more of a motel) has a beautiful view of Moonstone Beach. Then you could walk the path amoung the cliffs at William Hearst State Beach. I'd get gas in Morro Bay or Cambria, after that stations are few and far between and expensive! Take your time driving "the one" through Big Sur. There are vistas and pull offs every 1/4 mile or so. Every view point is amazing. I'd suggest stopping at Julia Pfeiffer Burns state Park and at Partington Cove. At the moment I'm in Pacific Grove, haven't made it to San Fran yet. Pacific Grove is BEAUTIFUL! Great little town to walk around. Fantastic bakeries and shops. Lovely. Hope I was so help. Happy travels. God bless.
Thanks for the tips. I'll keep looking for more before July... I just got the Lonely Planet guide to PCH and have yet to look through it but will soon.