No bucket list is complete without a road trip up the historic California State Route 1. You know the gorgeous coastal scenery that you see in all those car commercials? We teamed up with Expedia to plan an ideal route for anyone who is interested in exploring the Pacific Coast for all it has to offer. All of these hotels and activities can be booked on Expedia for less than it would cost at competing travel websites. You can save even more money by booking a flight, hotel, and rental car at the same time. You will be cruising along in style like a California native in no time.
Coronado, San Diego, California
To start a tour of the West Coast right, we recommend one of the largest and oldest hotels on the Pacific, the Hotel del Coronado. You may remember seeing its Victorian architecture in several classic Hollywood films such as ‘Some Like It Hot’ starring Marilyn Monroe. There are 28 acres of oceanfront property to enjoy in one of the city’s most charming neighborhoods. You will be within a short driving distance to the best of San Diego, such as Sea World, the World Famous San Diego Zoo, and the beautiful marina at Mission Bay.
Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California
The historic boardwalk at Venice Beach stretches for miles, putting all the other beaches in California to shame. For an entertaining mix of the old and new, we recommend booking the Santa Monica and Venice Beach Segway Tour on Expedia.com. In two hours, you will experience the epitome of the laid back sand and surf culture of Southern California. See the sights for yourself, including the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Mural and Canals, Graffiti Park, Muscle Beach, local Beach Shops, Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and the California Heritage Museum.
Big Sur, California
One of the most beautiful stretches of coast in the world is in and around Big Sur, California. This time-honored destination has been immortalized in books such as 'Big Sur' by Jack Kerouac. This part of the drive is the main attraction of a West Coast road trip. There are plenty of isolated state beaches and Redwood filled campgrounds to stop at along the way. Try Point Sur, Garrapata, and Point Lobos. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of daylight for this part of the journey. The narrow interstate passes along some steep ocean cliffs that tend to be very foggy after dark.
Sausalito, San Francisco, California
For a taste of the big city life on the Pacific Coast, nothing can come close to San Francisco. To make the stay truly special consider a stay at Cavallo Point. Just minutes north of downtown SF, the hotel has a breathtaking view of the most photographed landmark in the world, that is the Golden Gate Bridge. While enjoying a trip to the Bay Area, there is plenty to do and see. Take a trolley car and explore sights such as Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Fillmore Auditorium, and Ghirardelli Square.
Napa Valley, California
Californians love their wine, and most of it is produced right here in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Napa or Sonoma Valley Wine Tour is a pleasant day trip that can be booked on Expedia. In five hours, you will visit five of Napa Valley’s best wineries for a first hand view of the wine making process from the field to the bottle. There are plenty of free samples and wine tasting to keep you going along the way, as well as a stop to lunch on some contemporary California cuisine. Note that this is a 21 and over tour only!