The Coast is Clear

Road Trip Along the California Coast

 

Kelly Atlas

(@wickedatlas - wickedatlas.com)

 

     Road trips make for some of the best adventures. In this piece we get to see the adventures that took place on Kelly's road trip from Southern California to Northern California. Imagine the windows down with a breeze through your hair as we sit back and read about the exciting journey and things to do while driving along the gorgeous coastline of California. 

Carmel, California 

Carmel, California 

     With the car packed to the brim, coffee in the cup holders and hand picked playlists breezing through the speakers, the road trip was on. The greatest part about roadtripping in California is traveling from socal (southern California) to norcal (northern California). Once you pass Santa Barbara the surroundings takes a slight change, the weather drops a few degrees and palm trees are replaced with evergreens. As you head north on I5 you almost think you have crossed the border to another state.

     About five and half hours from Los Angeles, is a beautiful city along the water, with pastel painted Victorian homes nestled inches next to each other, trolley cars in place of taxis, and hills that get your calves burning. With quick stop for a snack at the Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown you are just steps away from the shopping at Union Square. While the square is great, my favorite shopping spots are in the Marina District along Chestnut and Union Street. Where there is a plethora of boutiques and the best of places to brunch. One cannot leave the city without out saying hello to the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square, and for those who are fans of beloved Mrs. Doubtfire you can stop by the house it was filmed at. As an avid fan of Robin Williams, I was touched to see that many fans have come by to give their condolences and love by signing the sidewalk and rocks in front of home.

Painted Ladies

Painted Ladies

     It is not a complete visit to the city unless you drive or walk across the infamous Golden Gate Bridge. Once you make your way across the bridge to Montecito there is a beautiful spot that overlooks the city, the bridges and Alcatraz Prison.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

     Only two hours away from city life is a seaside town burrowed with cottages, cobble stone streets and enough bakeries to fill the air with a buttery scent. With a quick stop at the best coffee shop in San Francisco, Wrecking Ball Coffee, I was on my way to Carmel.

     After I checked into a bed and breakfast inn, I was a short stroll away from an incredible beach with rolling waves that crashed along the cliffs of the Pebble Beach Golf Course. With endless nooks and crannies to shop and snack at, a day is easily filled. A morning well spent is driving along the 17-mile drive at Pebble Beach. Just a small fare gets you into the drive and a stunning look at mansions hidden within the course. There are ranges of ocean side picnic stops that are certainly a hole-in-one place to stop and admire.

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach - 17 mile drive

Pebble Beach - 17 mile drive

Thirteen miles away from the enchanting seaside town rests the home of the wondrous Bixby Bridge in Big Sur. Bridging the gap between two cliffs stretches the incredible road, built with such exquisite architecture it puts any tourist or local at awe. Once across the bridge and a bit further up the road is Hurricane Point where the view takes your breath away. With thunderous waves crashing along the cliffs, white caps decorating the ocean and Bixby Bridge a wallflower in the background it is truly a picturesque scene.

Big Sur, California 

Big Sur, California 

Carmel Beach

Carmel Beach

Hurricane Point

Hurricane Point

Carmel

Carmel

Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge

 

 

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