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Jet Set | California’s Central Coast
There is a reason California’s Highway is No.1.
As proud West Coast natives we admit our potential bias, but do yourself a favor and take our word on this: California boasts one of the world’s most gorgeous coastlines.
After you’ve selected the perfect playlist and packed your bags, follow this easy rundown of where to stop and what to see:
Start in Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highway (known as the PCH) and drive through Malibu towards Ventura County. As you pass the sea caves at El Matador and the homes along Broad Beach, you’ll think you’ve seen it all, but just wait, this is just the beginning.
Follow US Highway 101 towards San Luis Obispo and take it all the way up to San Francisco. Stop in Santa Barbara (hit Butterfly Beach oh-so conveniently located below the Four Seasons Hotel), make additional stops in Solvang (an authentic Danish settlement in the Santa Ynez Valley), Cambria (where you’ll want a full afternoon to tour Hearst Castle), Big Sur (we suggest a few days here), Carmel (don’t miss the famous 17 Mile Drive through to Pebble Beach), Monterey (for the aquarium), and Santa Cruz (where both remarkable surfers and redwoods reside by the sea).
Pro tip: Stock up on farm-fresh artichokes and avocados for $1 from the markets along the side of the road and aste your first Olallieberry (2/3 blackberry, 1/3 European raspberry) and tune in to public radio while you drive. You’ll fall even more in love with California culture than you were when you started, we guarantee it.