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ROAD TRIPS 2021
DISTANCE: 239 MILES * DAYS: 2-3
Central
Coast Escape
DISCOVER SUN-SPLASHED BEACHES, WHITEWASHED
MISSIONS, AND AN ICONIC CASTLE
T
o prepare for this
coastal eye-candy
itinerary, first pick
up beach necessities at Santa
Monica's Third Street Promenade.
Get your thrills with a
spin on the Santa Monica Pier's
roller coaster, and marvel at
bodybuilders' glistening biceps
at the original Muscle Beach.
Head north on Highway 1,
pulling over to sink your toes in
the sand at Will Rogers State
Beach in Pacific Palisades.
Do some California dreamin'
as you drive past mansions in
Malibu, then stop for fish tacos
at Paradise Cove Beach Café.
Relax on Zuma Beach or hike
to El Matador State Beach's
famous rock formations.
Wind inland through
Oxnard's farm country and pop
out on Ventura's coast, where
every day seems like endless
summer. West of Ventura Pier,
watch the longboarders at
Surfer's Point, then hunt for
treasures at secondhand stores
on Main Street.
A short jaunt north leads to
Santa Barbara, a postcard of
Spanish colonial architecture
and swaying palms. Watch for
dolphins as you sunbathe on
Butterfly Beach. Admire the
Santa Barbara Mission's twin
bell towers before you plunge
back into modern times in the
Funk Zone, a vibrant district
with groovy galleries and shops.
Heading north, U.S. 101 hugs
the coastline, offering sweeping
views of the Pacific before
jogging inland to Los Alamos.
Beneath the ranchland exterior
of this tiny town lies a buzz24
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ing food scene. Bell's
serves Parisian-quality
fare, Bob's Well Bread
bakes artisan loaves,
and Charlie's takes
burgers to the next
level.
Rolling hills and
vineyards flank the
route to scenic San
Luis Obispo. Swing by
the ostentatiously pink
Madonna Inn before heading
downtown for tapas overlooking
Mission Plaza at Luna Red.
Check into The Kinney San Luis
Obispo, a mid-century modern-style
hotel with outdoor
fire pits. Sleep well, then pick
up your morning chai tea at
Linnaea's Cafe.
More coastal splendor
El Matador State Beach
SANTA MONICA TO SAN SIMEON
SAN
SIMEON
Hearst Castle
Hofbrau
Madonna Inn
Bob's Well Bread
awaits, so move along Highway
1 to Morro Bay. Gaze at the
marvel of Morro Rock, rising
576 feet above the bay. Get eyeto-eye
with wildlife on a kayak
tour of Morro Bay's estuary.
Lunch on bratwurst at the bayside
Hofbrau, watching fishing
boats haul in their catch.
Continue north, passing
the beach town of Cayucos
and blink-and-you'll-miss-it
Harmony, before landing in
Cambria, which overflows with
galleries and boutiques tucked
among coastal pines. Search for
sea stars in the rocky tide pools
at Leffingwell Landing, then
refuel with a slice of olallieberry
pie at Linn's.
Expect jaw-dropping ocean
views along every curve to San
Simeon. Pull over at Piedras
Blancas for a close-up look at
massive elephant seals.
SANTA
BARBARA
Paradise
Pacific
Ocean
Cove Beach
Café
SANTA
MONICA
Surfer's
Point
Third Street
Promenade
WORTH A DETOUR
Honor history: Head to Camarillo to see
exhibits at the Commemorative Air Force
museum and Camarillo
Ranch.
Soak and sip: Bathe in
natural mineral water at
Avila Hot Springs, then
order a cocktail at Mr.
Rick's in Avila Beach.
AREA OF DETAIL
San
Francisco
ancis
Los
Angeles
San Diego
Transition from nature to culture
with a drive up to Hearst Castle,
a 115-room mansion filled with
artifacts from around the globe.
Take a tour, then take in the
grandest sight of all-the sun
setting over the Pacific Ocean.
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