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The Perfect Itinerary for the Pacific Coast Highway

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | October 27, 2016

The Perfect Itinerary for the Pacific Coast Highway

PHOTO: Stop in at the Post Ranch Inn for stunning views and a delicious prix fixe menu. (Photo courtesy Post Ranch Inn) 

California’s Pacific Coast Highway is one of the world’s best road trips. There are portions of the journey where you can hardly keep your eyes on the road because around every turn there is another sunning new view. 

For those looking to take the trip, Travel + Leisure has put together spots you shouldn’t miss. 

“There's arguably something for everyone. For animal lover's there's the Elephant Seal Rookery at San Piedras Beach in San Simeon, where more than 15,000 elephant seals migrate every year,” writes Laura Itzkowitz. 

For those starting in San Francisco, Itzkowitz suggests breakfast at the Ferry Building Marketplace. 

“Inside, you’ll find artisanal bakeries, cheese shops, cafes, and a mushroom shop. Grab a coffee at the Oakland-born Blue Bottle and a pastry at the Acme Bread Company,” she suggests. 

Don’t forget to stop for photos at Bixby Bridge, which you should reach at about noon.

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“It’ll take you about three hours to reach Big Sur from San Francisco, and by then you’ll be ready to stretch your legs,” she says. 

Stop in for lunch at the Post Ranch Inn. 

“If you feel like splurging, the Post Ranch Inn’s restaurant Sierra Mar offers a $55 prix fixe lunch menu and a chance to dine at a restaurant with one of the world’s best views,” says Itzkowitz. 

By 6:30, you may find yourself all the way in the dutch town of Solvang. 

“Take a quick detour off of Route 1 to explore this village full of Danish architecture, antique shops, restaurants, and more,” she says. 

For more on what to do along the Pacific Coast Highway, read on here

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