Pacific Coast Highway – what to visit along the coast

  • Relax by the pier at the charming town of Avila Beach
  • Stop at Point Piedras Blancas and watch the sea lions by the seashore.

Sea lions at Point Piedras Blancas

  • At this point most travelguides recommend Hearts Castle, but I did not visit it. Honestly, I have already visited many castles in Europe and also in my hometown country, Spain, and with much more history. That’s why Hearst Castle did not appeal to me at all.
  • Get that postcard perfect shot at McWay Falls

McWay Falls

  • Have lunch at Nepenthe Restaurant and enjoy the staggering view. You’ll be lucky if a bird does not steal one of your fries!

Nepenthe

  • Wander around Pfeiffer beach (be careful not to enter the last parking…it’s 10$…).

Pfeiffer beach

  • Cross the famous Bixby Bridge.

Bixby Bridge

  • Check out the little shops and cafes in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Drive the 17-mile drive

17 mile drive

  • Stop in Santa Cruz and have some seafood.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

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10 things to do in beautiful Santa Barbara

1. Rent a bike and ride along Cabrillo Boulevard and the pier (Stearns Wharf)

Stearns Wharf
2. Enjoy a delicious ice cream at McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams

3. Go shopping in State street

4. Have dinner at Sandbar, and why not, enjoy a frozen margarita

Mango Frozen Margarita
5. Go cultural: visit Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and the Old Mission

Our Lady of Sorrows
6. Have a beer with locals at The Neighborhood Bar

7. Relax at the beach and enjoy the beautiful surroundings

Santa Barbara - view from the beach
8. Have lunch in one of the many bar terraces in State street

9. Walk up to Shoreline drive and check out the surfers at Leadbetter Beach from Santa Barbara Point

Leadbetter beach
10. And why not, try surfing!

This. Is. LA. What to do during 2 days in sunny LA

  • Take a sightseeing bus to see the main attractions of the city in just a couple of hours: red route is the best, avoid purple route! (too loooong)

Hollywood

  • Go see the beautiful houses in Beverly Hills and run a 5k, all at the same time 🙂

Beverly Hills

  • Taste a bit of everything: first night: The Cheesecake factory (20$ per person); second night: Nobu (60$ per person, delicious).

Dinner at Nobu

  • Go (window)shopping in Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

  • Be amazed at the street “shows” in Venice Beach.

Venice Beach

  • Discover why Venice is called Venice

Historic Canal District