Follow one of the world's most celebrated routes on this coast-hugging drive. You can start this trip Here, the trip begins from San Francisco, south Bay at the Northern end of the state, then travels south to beach towns, the bustle and excitement , through elegant Hearst Castle and surrounding wine country, then south to more beaches and attractions in Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz. End in the ultimate Fun
Hearst Castle Tour
From Highway One, you'll see this incredible complex of ornately embellished towers and buildings perched high on a coastal hilltop, like a coastal Shangri-La with 360 views. Lavishly designed by Julia Morgan (California's first female licensed architect), as the private residence of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, the complex, completed in 1947, is an extraordinary temple to opulence and excess. Now showcased within one of California's most visited state parks, it is a must-see to end all must see, an eye-popping extravaganza with a 165-room castle, 127 acres/51 hectares of terraced gardens, fountains, and pools.
Monterey & Carmel Tour
Wrapped by the Pacific on three sides, the Monterey Peninsula at once offers wind-tossed beaches and quiet coves, fine dining and casual eats, early history and postmodern art. You'll first arrive in artsy Carmel-by-the-Sea (locals just call it Carmel), a town that deftly straddles the balance point of rich history and new wealth. The Carmel Mission is one of the state's most beautiful, and shady trails fan out from the site into lush Mission Trail Nature Preserve. Stroll the white sands of dog-friendly Carmel Beach, or explore a mosaic of meadows, wave-battered bluffs, and wind-twisted trees at nearby Point Lobos State Reserve. Come back to explore Carmel's main village, with gallery-lined streets, cozy gastropubs, and even cozier inns.