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A romantic road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway

from Tara Waechter of Planning Fun Road Trips

“Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) between Cambria, CA and Monterey, CA is the epitome of the romantic winding road along the coast - one seen in Hollywood movies time and again due to its glorious views of the Pacific Ocean, the dramatic Santa Lucia Mountains into which the road is built and the route’s many majestic bridges.

“Starting in Cambria, you can explore the charming small town itself, stop by the town’s pretty Moonstone Beach with its many well-maintained footpaths, and visit nearby Paso Robles wine country before hitting your first show-stopper: the lavish and enormous Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Continue your dream-come-true road trip winding along the road that hugs the mountains, stopping to take photos of the many beautiful bridges spanning across the cliffs that line the ocean, enjoying a delicious meal at the famous and family-owned Nepenthe restaurant in Big Sur and checking out the breathtaking views of the Pacific from their deck.

“This road trip has a little bit of everything - from a remarkable seaside park for nature-lovers (Point Lobos State Reserve), to gallery hopping and boutique-shopping in Carmel, to one of the best aquariums in the U.S.: the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Pacific Coast Highway is an all-around winner for your vacation and a must for those who love to road trip.”