2016 Traveltip 23 Highway 1 or/of PCH - Traveltip 2016 tips 23
|01 VENTURA (65mi/104km; 1hr 9min). |
Stop at Channel Islands National Park’s visitor center to learn about the wildlife-rich islands—less than an hour away by boat.
|02 SANTA BARBARA (34mi/54km; 35min). |
Hear big names perform under the stars at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Try salted caramel ice cream and other handcrafted foods at downtown’s brand new Santa Barbara Public Market.
|03 SOLVANG (34mi/55km; 39min).|
Find elaborate gingerbread houses at The Solvang Bakery. Pair private label wines with music at Cali Love Wines, where the owners are in a country-rock band.
04 PISMO BEACH (54mi/87km; 51min).Reel in halibut from the pier (no license required). Stroll the long beach or boardwalk for grand oceanfront views.
|05 SAN LUIS OBISPO (13mi/20km; 14min). |
Go wine tasting along the delightful country roads of the Edna Valley near town. Chill out with craft beers on a wooded streamside patio at downtown’s Creekside Brewing Company.
06 MORRO BAY (13mi/21km; 16min).Scan for wildlife as you paddle the bay in a kayak or canoe from The Kayak Shack. Lunch on local grassy bar oysters and award-winning clam chowder at Giovanni’s Fish Market.
|07 HEARST CASTLE (30mi/48km; 33min). |
Choose from four unforgettable tours at California’s grandest estate, Hearst Castle. Sample Hearst Ranch Wines at historic Sebastian’s General Store.
|08 BIG SUR (66mi/105km; 1hr 44min). |
Walk through redwood groves to waterfalls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Savor wood-fired nine-grain pancakes during weekend brunches at Big Sur Bakery.
|09 CARMEL (26mi/42km; 37min).|
Browse galleries and follow the Carmel Wine Walk By the Sea; passports ($65) are good for 10 tasting rooms. Stroll the white sands at dog friendly Carmel Beach
|10 MONTEREY (4mi/7km; 9min). |
See incredible ocean life at Monterey Bay Aquarium (including the new Tentacles octopus exhibit). Get great gifts in the aquarium store, and dine on sustainable cuisine at Cindy’s Waterfront.