Friday, November 23, 2012

Pacific Coast Highway

During the planning of my US trip, there are 3 things that I really really wanted to do:
1) Drive a convertible along Pacific Coast Highway -- checked
2) Sunset and Sunrise of Grand Canyon -- checked
3) Camping in Yosemite National Park (Well, you can never get everything you want in your life simultaneously. I can always plan my camping trip next time.)

Can you see me grinning from ear to ear as I checked on my bucket list?

Monterrey Bay

I am not sure if there are any lists about "100 road trips you must take in your life time", or "50 routes that you must drive before you die", or "500 highway of the world" etc. If there are any such lists, they MUST make sure Pacific Coast Highway is in the list.

Big Sur

First of all, it is all about the Pacific Ocean. This world's largest ocean is persistent energetic and has the most expansive view. We were basically surrounded by endless shades of blue and it is simply magical.

17 Miles Drive

Secondly, driving along this twisting, cliff-hugging road is an exhilarating experience. I really love driving all the hair-pin curves, especially with this marvelous weather. The fact that I can end up falling 3000 ft below if I happen to loose control also give a healthy dose of adrenaline rush and make the drive more fun.

Got myself a Chrysler 200

Thirdly, the sunrises and sunsets are irresistible. We stopped our car at the middle of nowhere when the sky turned warm orange. Witnessing the huge egg yolk slowly fading into the Pacific ocean was magical.

Sunset at Highway #1

Fourthly, you are going to fall in love with all the wonderful small towns along the coast. We stayed in Cambria for one night, and we both love the quite yet lively small town. We also had a brief stop at Morro Bay for picnic, and we love that place too!

Morro Rock

We drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 days time and spent 1 night in Cambria. It was too rush even though we still enjoy every single second of it. If you wish to plan for a road trip at Pacific Coast Highway, make it at least a 5 days trip. There are so many things to do and there are so many great things to see.


YinXin said...

Breathtakingly beautiful!
(now I'm feeling making myself a bucket list ;p)

Ying Ying 盈盈 said...

YinXin, thanks!
Haha, you really should start make your list :)