This classic, all-American road trip takes you along one of the USA’s most renowned routes, Highway One. A cliff-hugging, twisting, turning, awe-inspiring coastal extravaganza, Highway One – the Pacific Coast Highway – never fails to impress. Viewed best when driving from north to south (right-hand driving takes you to the very edge of this spectacular coastline), Highway One isn’t the most direct route between San Francisco and Los Angeles, but it’s one of the most scenic drives in the world.
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Coastal California for Families
This itinerary is perfect for families as it not only highlights the best of the West Coast but also factors in plenty of beach time!
Stay for 3 nights in the heart of San Francisco at Hotel Zetta and spend your time exploring the city, boating on the bay and riding the cable cars, then pick up your car from the nearby downtown depot and head south to Monterey where the kids will love the world famous aquarium and its brightly coloured jellyfish! One night here will recharge your batteries before you drive further south via Big Sur to Pismo Beach for a 2 night stay at Dolphin Bay Resort for plenty of family fun in this spectacularly located resort.
The next stretch of this road trip takes you south past Malibu (be sure to pop into Malibu Pier Farm for a bite to eat whilst you watch the surfers) and onwards to Santa Monica. Spend 3 nights just a few blocks from the vast stretch of sandy beach at Le Meridien Delfina and get to know this sensational city by the ocean. During your few days here, head to the thrills and delights of Universal Studios and Disneyland.
Your last piece of the road trip puzzle takes you to sunny San Diego, a laidback city known for its bays, beaches and addictive SoCal lifestyle. Spend 3 nights at the beachside resort of Hotel del Coronado where days on the sand go hand-in-hand with more active activities such as visiting SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Legoland and even a day trip to neighbouring Mexico!
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