Pacific Coast Highway Drive Guide

Driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco is truly breathtakingly beautiful. It takes 6 hours from LA to SF, and there are BEAUTIFUL places to stop on the way.

This guide is for a trip from Los Angeles, to Santa Barbara, to Big Sur and ending in San Francisco. 

// Things to Do //

Take route 1 

Stop frequently

Ditch the itinerary

Stop in Carmel-by-the-sea

See Bixby Bridge

Hike in Pfieffer State Park

// Places to Go //

Santa Barbara

Old Mission

State Street

Shoreline Park

Big Sur

Point Lobos State Reserve

Seal Beach

Drive the 1 down the coast


Carmel Mission

Garrapata State Park

Seventeen Mile Drive

Shop in downtown Carmel

San Francisco

Twin Peaks

Coit Tower

San Francisco Modern Museum of Art

Alcatraz Island

Farmers Market at Fishermans Wharf

// Things to Eat //

In Santa Barbara

Finch & Fork

Lucky Penny


Backyard Bowls

Tupelo Junction Cafe

Live Oak Cafe

In Big Sur

Sierra Mar

Big Sur Bakery

In Carmel

Dametra Cafe

La Bicyclette

Misson Ranch Restaurant

In San Francisco





In Los Angeles

Sun Life Organics for a Smoothie Bowl (in Malibu!) Go on your way out!

Everen in Santa Monica

Flower Child in Santa Monica