the perfect california coast roadtrip

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On a warm December afternoon, dad and I drove a couple hours down the winding coastal path in search of beautiful views. The iconic Californian Highway 1 with the stops below took us approximately 6 hours roundtrip from San Jose, including a lunch break at a Big Sur Burrito Bar.

Some of California’s most well-known sights are along this beautiful road. If you want to do the whole trip from San Jose, tack on the first portion that I drove with mum back in the summer.

Carmel-By-The-Sea

A quaint little town, all decked out in Christmas lights at this time of year, yet still bursting with shorts-wearing tourists enjoying the winter sun on the white sandy beach.

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Any number of highway shoulders

You can literally pull over every few minutes on the highway and drink in the gorgeous blue hues of the Pacific Ocean stretching out for miles in all directions. Assorted rocks and beaches dot the entire stretch of the coastline.

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Bixby Bridge

Aside from the Golden Gate Bridge, of course, this is one of California’s most iconic stops. Not pictured, but mentionable, is the dirt parking lot absolutely jammed with cars and eager tourists trying to snap that famous angle.

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McWay Falls

You can’t actually walk on this beach in order to properly maintain and preserve the beauty of the cove. The water is a stunning shade of blue, and while the waterfall itself isn’t massive, the whole image comes together perfectly. And the fall does drop straight into the ocean, which is neat in itself.

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*Including photos by Dad

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