Time for some more road trip news from California, the Golden state of America. After a day in Santa Barbara of sightseeing and shopping, we drove up to Santa Maria for the night. Every time when we arrive in a city or town a bit late, we just check in at a motel for about 70 USD. Because it’s only for spending the night a motel is just perfect. A good sleep, a shower and off you go again. From Santa Maria we took highway one north in the direction of Big Sur. Have a look at this map for the directions.

What to see on Highway One?

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The coastline between Los Angeles and San Francisco is magnificient. From the lovely beaches, to a bit more roughy coastline with hundreds of seals and beautiful cliffs.

This is the beach at Santa Maria. It’s not really a beach for swimming because the water and surf is huge but the view is amazing. There is also a big dune park nearby which you can visit.

When you drive north you will find signs that say Whale & Seal watching. Don’t skip these stops because the view of the seals (and the sounds) are amazing. You will also smell them from the parking lot ;-) They come here to rest and sunbath before they go back into the ocean again.

Row in row, next to each other. Every inch of the beach is covered with seals.

When you head up north again, the view will start to change. The road gets windy and steep sometimes which gives you beautiful views over the ocean and the cliffs. California has a beautiful coastline!

Every now and then a bridge comes up between hills and over cliffs. I would recommend to drive slowly on highway one because sometimes a look out pops up around the corner and before you know it, it’s already gone and too late to stop.

This will be from Santa Maria to Salinas where we stayed for the night again. Another few stops you can consider along the way are Carmel and Big Sur (which you will pass on highway one). Big Sur is an amazing spot to stay for one or two nights but the accommodation is a bit pricy there. The next stop on this Californian Road Trip and for the next post will be Santa Cruz.

Travel Tip for Highway One

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To find out where to stop and what to see, I used the Lonely Planet called California’s Best Trips. A great book with lots of information especially when you only have 2 weeks to do a road trip. You don’t want to miss a thing! Click on the image to find out how much this travel guide costs. When you buy this book, a small percentage goes to DesignClaud.

So, do you often do a road trip in your country?

Until next time, Claudia

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