If you’re up for road trips you sure have thought about driving California State Route 1. California’s most popular road with views that take your breath away, with not only lots of scenic points to stop but Los Angeles, Malibu, St. Barbara, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Francisco on the way.
My boyfriend Stephan and I were road tripping the Pacific Coast Highway during our 82 days of traveling the United States. We were on a budget and I guess money is a point were many of you may stop planing and just put it away as an ambitious dream. But it doesn’t has to be that expensive. When you’re up for camping and don’t need luxury hotels and like cooking instead of eating out all the time – then the way we traveled might be an option for you as well. Find all of our tips and how we managed our low budget travel here.
When Stephan and I are having an idea on where to travel next we always get guidebooks about that place first. I love flipping through the pictures, reading tips and dreaming of my vacation there. So for the West Coast we got the classic Lonely Planet (German version // English version), the Stefan Loose one and my favorite for the road trip from Reise Know How.
It’s just so inspiring seeing the locals living the californian dream. I’m talking surfing, a healthy lifestyle, acai bowls, bicycle rides or skating under palm trees and bonfires at the beach or campgrounds.
We started in Los Angeles and ended our Highway 1 tour in San Francisco. We took 10 days for it, but had plenty of time. You can do it in two days but I’d recommend to take at least four and even more time if you can, to just spontaneously decide where you’d might want to stay a bit longer. McWay Falls are pretty special and for me this place looked like a piece of heaven. Unbelievable that this is only a two minute walk from Highway 1. Cable Car rides are a must do in San Francisco.