Great American Road Trips
Discovering the best of America with great American road trips. Trying to decide on the five best road trips to add to your bucket list is akin to picking your favorite child.
All have redeeming qualities, each has a unique personality with different views, but narrowing it down to a favorite is almost impossible. While spur of the moment road trips can be exhilarating, planning a road trip with room left for some serendipitous moments peppered in is the perfect recipe for a good time.
CALIFORNIA: Breathtaking Vistas
The Pacific Coast Highway, U.S. Highway 1, in California has some of the most spectacular panoramic seascapes in the country. We began our road trip in southern California and drove along the coast up to San Francisco. While the trip is 605 miles from start to finish, just over 12.5 hours drive time without stopping, you will want to take your time and soak in every glorious moment. Plan for several days with stops along the way.
The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, half way between San Diego and Los Angeles, with its stunning 150 feet of an oceanfront bluff, was the perfect five-star location to kick off this bucket list trip. After a successful day of whale watching in Dana Point and a night of refreshing handcrafted cocktails and Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine at Raya, we set forth on one our most memorable road trips to date. The views, along the entire coast, literally take your breath away.
You don’t want to miss Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle, Big Sur, Paso Robles, and Carmel along the way. Be sure to hit the super-scenic, 17-mile drive, which meanders through the Monterey Peninsula giving you a glimpse at the world famous Pebble Beach golf course. And, finish up your road trip with a drive (or walk) across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
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