Big Sur, CA

Blue you sit so pretty west of the 1

By: Travel Mammal

When I first heard the lyrics to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song “Road Trippin”, I had no idea what they were talking about.  Until I took the drive that opened my mind. 

My #1 North American road trip is the drive from San Francisco to LA.  If you love to live and love to drive, combine the two and put this one on your list of must do’s.  Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), aka All American Road spans nearly 700 miles and stretches down California’s mythical coast.  

My buddy and I started in San Francisco and drove South.   Our goal was to make to Santa Barbara before dark.   It didn’t happen.  Because as we all know, it’s about the journey, not the destination.  And on this journey, you’ll quickly forget about that destination anyway.  Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Carmel are just a few of the sights you can expect to see, all with a distinct flavor. 

The pictures tell the story of this drive that will take your breath away and make you contemplate your very existence.  

Located 250 miles from both SF and LA, you’ll find the legendary Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark Mansion and state historic park. This enormous property was home to one of the 20th century’s most famous tycoons, William Randolph Hearst, newspaper magnate and publisher.

The entire property spans over 90,000 square feet with “Casa Grande” taking up just over 60,000 sq. feet.  56 bedrooms, 41 fireplaces, 61 bathrooms and 19 sitting areas (if there wasn’t enough areas to sit already) fill the space.  Here you’ll find several pieces of spectacular art and architecture as well as the unbelievable Neptune Pool.  If you’re the tour type, take one.  There are several to choose from and all give you an amazing glimpse into one of the most extravagant properties in the World.

If you’re planning on doing this drive, take it from me and get on the road as early as possible.  Also, make sure you set aside at least a couple of days. Take some time and take it all in. Appreciate it and explore.  The drive itself is beautiful but the attractions along the way are what really make it all worthwhile.

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