There is one trip in the US I have always enjoyed – driving along the coastal line from San Francisco to Big Sur and back.
Now landing in San Francisco proudly wearing my Bear gear is not a good idea after just losing to Oakland on the weekend and the calls of “who is Mack” where ever you walk!
Cable car ride is must, check out the sea lions on pier 39, ice cream from Ghirardelli is compulsory and the sea food is the best.
Next stop Carmel! But before you get there don’t forget to watch the sunset in Monterey at Lovers Point – preferable with someone you love! Sea food is again a must there and you have the lobster roll at The Grotto Fish Market at Fishermans Wharf. Easily the best I’ve had on this trip.
Carmel is a charming small town with streets lined with interesting independent shops. Once you’ve wondered around the shops, stop for pecan ice cream from Carmel Bakery you have to hit the stunning beach. If you’re lucky you can even get a chance to swim with the local wild dolphins who tend to swim close to the shore.
Before you hit the costal line make sure you drive around pebble beach and then take the spectacular drive to Big Sur. The views are out of this world. Do stop as many times as you can to take pictures and soak in the beauty of this unique drive.