Day One: San Diego
Highlights: Old Town San Diego, Old Town Trolley Tour, Balboa Park, Coronado, La Jolla Cove, and San Diego Mission
Spent the night in: San Diego
Day Two: San Diego to Temecula
Highlights: Spent most of the day at the San Diego Zoo (and did a private tour), then drove 60 miles to Temecula (in the Southern California wine region).
Spent the night in: Temecula
Day Three: Temecula to Morro Bay
Highlights: Longest driving day of the week (almost 400 miles). Stopped at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, enjoyed a beautiful drive with a desert on one side and green hills and trees on the other side, stopped at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo for a delicious milkshake and cake, and explored the beautiful Morro Bay waterfront.
Spent the night in: Morro Bay
Day Four: Morro Bay to Monterey
Highlights: Visited Hearst Castle (did the Grand Rooms Tour and Upstairs Suites Tour), enjoyed incredible views driving up Highway 1 (and stopped at what I think is the most beautiful place in Big Sur), did the 17-mile drive in Carmel, and explored Monterey.
Spent the night in: Pacific Grove
Day Five: Monterey to San Francisco
Highlights: Got fresh strawberries at a farm stand on our way out of town, toured the Winchester House, drove to San Francisco and went to the Painted Ladies and down Lombard Street, went to Baker Beach for a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, and hiked in Muir Woods.
Spent the night in: Novato
Day Six: Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley
Highlights: Wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa, tour at Beringer to see wine caves and learn about wine-making process, stopped by the Olive Press to taste different flavors of olive oil, and then drove back to San Francisco. Had dinner at Boudin in the Fisherman’s Wharf and really enjoyed the Boudin museum.
Spent the night in: San Francisco (Fisherman’s Wharf)
Day Seven: San Francisco
Highlights: Rode a cable car to the Cable Car Museum, went to Chinatown and visited a fortune cookie factory, had an amazing banana split sundae at Ghirardelli at the Ghirardelli Square, and drove up to Coit Tower for one more amazing look of the city.
Spent the night in: airport hotel
Hearst Castle Grand Rooms Tour
Hearst Castle Upstairs Suites Tour and Roman Pool
Tips for the Best Trip on the Pacific Coast Highway
The Most Beautiful Place in Big Sur
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