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.
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Start in Paso Robles
Come along with us as we begin our California road trip adventure in Paso Robles, with its vibrant mix of wine country, mission history and western heritage. Click on Start in Paso Robles to see how we kicked off our road trip with a little wine tasting!
Drive the Big Sur Coast
As we make our way up the incredibly scenic Highway 1, we make a few stops along the coastal highway. Click on Drive the Big Sur Coast to see some of our most memorable stops.
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Explore Half Moon Bay
After cruising the scenic Highway 1 and stopping in Paso Robles and Big Sur, we decided that Half Moon Bay would be our next stop. Click on Exploring Half Moon Bay to read about our experience!
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.
Relax in Mendocino
After San Francisco, we rejoined 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 we reached this beautiful area, we were really ready to Relax in Medocino.
Luxury in Sonoma at Farmhouse Inn
After driving from Mendocino through Armstrong Woods, we headed to Sonoma’s Russian River Valley for a luxury stay that we’ll never forget. Read more about our experience by clicking on Staying at the Farmhouse Inn.