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Coastal California Road Trip

A coastal California road trip is one of the ultimate U.S. boomer travel destinations, especially if you’re zipping around in a sports car. Come along with us as we begin the adventure in Paso Robles, with its mix of wine country, mission history and western heritage, before turning our attention to a drive along Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast and beyond. Discover bed and breakfasts, fine dining and wildlife watching on a fun boomer road trip that will get your motor started.

Begin in Paso Robles

Meet Paso Robles and its relatively undiscovered wine region. There are tasting rooms galore for sipping wine, but we also recommend taking the crash course at Steinbeck Vineyards where the emphasis is on growing the grapes. Looking for an unusual experience? Take stagecoach driving lessons at Harris Stage Lines for a glimpse of the Old West.

Drive the Big Sur coast

We’ll start our drive up scenic Highway 1 with a stop to observe the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas before calling it a night at Ragged Point Inn/a>

Explore Half Moon Bay

When we reach Half Moon Bay, let’s take some time for horseback riding on the beach. Don’t worry, you can soak away the saddle soreness in the garden jazcuzzi at Mill Rose Inn Bed

Stop in San Francisco

On this trip, we didn’t have time to stop in San Francisco, but we did schedule a rest break at the Golden Gate Bridge for a photo opportunity. If you have the time, add in a day or two to this itinerary to explore San Francisco like a local

Relax in Mendocino

After San Francisco, rejoin Highway 1 at Jenner for a drive along the Pacific Coast Highway that rivals the one at Big Sur, in our opinion. By the time you reach Mendocino, you’ll be ready to relax with a view of the ocean. We recommend staying at Sea Rock Inn

Appreciate Sonoma

After driving from Mendocino through Armstrong Woods, head to Sonoma’s Russian River Valley for a luxury stay that you’ll never forget. Our accommodations in a barn room at the Farmhouse Inn rivals any luxury lodging that we’ve experienced. Reserve an evening at their Michelin starred Farmhouse Restaurant to complete the experience.

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