Picture this: winding down a single-lane coastline highway overlooking the crystal clear water crashing against the rocky shores as you journey towards world-class wines and sunsets revealing colors that even Pantone didn’t know existed. No, you’re not dreaming. A road trip along California’s central coast is the summer weekend getaway you need to go on. Don’t forget a good podcast to keep you company on the drive!
California’s central coast is a 386 mile stretch of highway and untouched natural beauty that lies between Los Angeles and San Francisco. There are hundreds of small towns between these big cities preserving all sorts of hidden California gold. So, where should you stop along your journey? We’re giving you the top 4 things you have to do when traveling up the famous Highway 1.
McWay Falls, Big Sur
Californians are always soaking up the notoriously wonderful weather by enjoying outdoor activities like surfing, biking, and hiking. And for good reason. The viewpoints along the coast are next level! So, if hiking to an amazing vantage point is up your alley, we suggest a visit to McWay falls in Big Sur.
Okay, so even if hiking isn’t your usual cup of tea, this trail is just 1 mile round trip. And seeing this 80-foot-tall waterfall flow into the clear, blue Pacific ocean is worth every step (imagine the pics you’ll get for the ‘gram!).
Want to soak up this view a little longer? Swing by a local farmer’s market for some fresh snacks to accompany your new favorite rosé from the next stop on your journey!
Wine Tasting in Paso Robles
After all that exercise, you’ll want to wine-down. With more than 200 wineries in Paso Robles, there is no shortage of options. Our fave? Tooth and Nail Winery. This winery is giving us all the heart eyes! Oh, did we mention that the tasting room is in a castle!? The Tooth and Nail tasting room offers a bright and airy outdoor space to enjoy award winning wines with a view that are fit for a queen.
Treebones Resort, Big Sur
Ready to catch some z’s? From full blown backpacking to luxury hotels, one of the best parts about the central coast is the multitude of unique lodging options. Glamping at Treebones Resort in Big Sur is the best of both worlds. The yurts at Treebones Resort are fully equipped with comfy queen and king sized beds, breathtaking ocean views, and even electric lights and running water!
And we know that last one sounds like a given, but when you’re out in the wonderous California wilderness, that’s a LUXURY! We can see ourselves now; stargazing with a cozy blanket and an oversized glass of Pinot Noir.
Remington Natural Hot Springs, Lake Isabella
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One last pit stop! You absolutely have to take a dip into is the Remington Natural Hot Springs near Lake Isabella. These natural mineral springs have been developed into tub style pools for ultimate relaxation while rejuvenating your skin, mind, body, and soul. The jade green mineral water and breathtaking natural surroundings will leave you refreshed and energized.
Have you road tripped along the California coast? Where are your favorite places to stop and see?