Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April. As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my travel memories to known and unknown places in the hope to inspire your travel dreams.
H is for…Highway 1 (California)
One of the most stunning stretches of road in California is Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Upon our move back to the US from India, we had stationed ourselves in San Francisco for a few months to reacclimate, but soon enough it was time to hit the road for Los Angeles. Recognizing that we would traverse the roads between SF and LA often, but probably never with the fortune of time, and knowing our toddler would not be interested in long days of driving or only looking out the window at the scenery floating past, we turned our journey south into a 8 day family adventure.
The drive down Highway 1 hugs the coast for almost the entire journey, with only a few inland detours. This route takes you on winding cliff side roads with breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Our major stops included Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Even with seven days, we barely touched the surface on all there is to see along this stretch of California.
We spent some time in Santa Cruz playing on the beach and enjoying our first amusement rides as a family on the old fashioned pier. We amazed our son with out of this world underwater life at the Monterey Aquarium. We hiked on cliff side trails with deer and the crashing waves as our companions. Seal watching on the coast and a stay at the eclectic Madonna Inn were also fun excursions. We finished up our adventure in the quaint and beautiful city of Santa Barbara where we fed giraffes at the super cute zoo.
For our first road trip, this was a smashing success. With no more than 2-3 hours of driving each day, visits to fascinating towns like Solvang and extraordinarily beautiful scenic stops along the way, everyone enjoyed themselves.
To read more on the day to day itinerary of our trip, check out our other post here.