Two years ago next week, my husband and I took our kids on a drive up the coast to San Francisco. Now, from where I live in Southern California it's quite the drive to Northern California. I mean, California is bigger than most countries in Europe. I live about an hour north of downtown San Diego and if you know your California map, San Diego and San Francisco are really far apart, especially when you're a little kid and your parents pack you into a car.
My husband and I had both already taken trips up the coast of California but never together. We anticipated some beautiful views of the hills and countryside since it had rained in the winter months prier. When the golden poppies bloom it really is a sight to behold. Besides taking a break and going to San Francisco, a major part of this trip was to take in the views and experience the beauty of the California coast.
We broke our drive into two days so it wouldn't be 8 straight hours of driving, plus sightseeing. We stayed in San Simeon, a small town on Highway 1, about midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Hearst Castle is located there, however, we didn't go since the kids would have been bored and really, this was a drive to see the coast.
We got really lucky with the weather and were able to drive up Highway 1 with the windows down. There were seals along the beach and the hiking trails were open since the weather was so nice. To be able to walk the trails along the cliffs or down by the water was pretty neat. As you can see in the pictures, the water is the brightest turquoise and the poppies were the brightest orange.
We're thinking about taking a drive up the coast again this Spring break since the last trip was so nice.
Have a wonderful Week!!