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Pacific Coast Highway and sightseeing!

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Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep.. Has 30 years experience.

Hey

My son and I are doing a "last hurrah" since he turned 18, got his GED, and plans to do college. Almost has his driver's license. I'm thinking he's gonna grow further and further away from me with time, so since he wants to travel with me, why not?

We will fly into Long Beach and rent a car to do the Pacific Coast Highway. Where would you say it's absolutely essential to go?

I definitely want to make it to San Fran and look around -

baby&mommynurse

Specializes in OB. Has 10 years experience.

Hi... I responded to your other post in The Break Room, but I came across this second thread and wanted to add a couple of other suggestions. Pacific Coast Highway is always an ideal way to get up to San Francisco, but along the way if you stray a bit inland you'll find several other places you might want to check out, such as Solvang (a cute, little touristy Danish community that's slightly east of Santa Barbara), Napa Valley (north east of SF) or you could always stop at our capitol city, Sacramento and visit Ahnold! :p

Have fun on your trip!

begalli

Specializes in Critical Care/ICU.

Big Sur is a must!

Be sure to plan to stay in one of the little hotels in the area. It's south of Monterey and Carmel (other places to stop) on the coast side of the Los Padres National Forest.

It is so incredibly beautiful. National Geographic Traveler listed Big Sur as one of the "50 Places of a Lifetime/The World's Greatest Destinations." When my brother and his wife came out here from Michigan they took the drive down from SF south to LA on hwy 1 (pacific coast hwy). They said that Big Sur was more beautiful than their honeymoon in Hawaii.

The central and northern CA coast is MUCH more beautiful than southern CA.

Google Big Sur. Have fun!

begalli

Specializes in Critical Care/ICU.

Hearst Castle is another great place to stop. It's south of the Big Sur area in San Simeon.

And of course stop in Santa Barbara which is south of San Simeon.

Have lunch at Gladstone's in Malibu (on PCH) and try and get a table outside, you'll feed the seagulls the free peanuts Galdstone's provides.

When you get to Ventura (on the 101), go up the 33 to Ojai ... small town feel, beautiful mountain views and a sunset to die for ... then drive to Solvang the back way (Hwy 150) and look at Lake Casitas as you go by. Beautiful drive!

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep.. Has 30 years experience.

Big Sur is a must!

Be sure to plan to stay in one of the little hotels in the area. It's south of Monterey and Carmel (other places to stop) on the coast side of the Los Padres National Forest.

It is so incredibly beautiful. National Geographic Traveler listed Big Sur as one of the "50 Places of a Lifetime/The World's Greatest Destinations." When my brother and his wife came out here from Michigan they took the drive down from SF south to LA on hwy 1 (pacific coast hwy). They said that Big Sur was more beautiful than their honeymoon in Hawaii.

The central and northern CA coast is MUCH more beautiful than southern CA.

Google Big Sur. Have fun!

I did! It looks great!

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep.. Has 30 years experience.

You guys are all awesome, I will give you a full report when I get back! ;)

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