Next Stop: Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

Behold! An Oregonian is out of her natural habitat and is spotted pumping her own gas. This can only mean one thing: it’s road trip time. 

Behold! An Oregonian is out of her natural habitat and is spotted pumping her own gas. This can only mean one thing: it’s road trip time. 

Last summer ended with a road trip through Washington and it seems only fitting to kick off this summer in the U.S. of A with none other than a road trip down the California coastline. Winding nearly 550 miles along the jagged California coast, the Pacific Coast Highway took about 15 years to complete in 1934. The result is one of the most iconic road trips in America and I’m excited to check this one off my bucket list.

In a little over a month, my brother and I will be cruising on down the West Coast from Portland to Los Angeles. To save on time we’ll be driving Santa Cruz to Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway. Through previous travels, I’ve been to a smattering of Californian cities from San Diego to Palo Alto to Sacramento, and I have yet to visit central California coastline and the city of Los Angeles. The road trip is still in the planning phases, but we will be stopping in San Francisco for a secret mission (details to come), Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and more depending on time. Nearly all of my best friends from college are from central and Southern California and are spilling their secrets for the best local spots up and down the coast. Stay tuned for tips on how to best see, eat, and play in these famous California cities like the locals.