Are you a let's get in the car and go for a road trip type person?
Yep. Me too. Keep reading...
One of my favorite road trips was driving down Highway 1 to Big Sur.
My boyfriend and I took our first visit to San Francisco for his 30th birthday. We stayed the first couple days in the city to explore, and saved the whole Saturday for our road trip to Big Sur.
We woke at 6:00am, rented a Jeep Wrangler, and headed out.
I definitely recommend renting a car if you don't have one already (well I guess you would have to). But not only renting a car, renting one of your favorite cars. It just makes the trip THAT much better... and not to mention, you just feel really damn cool.
How beautiful is this?
The highway runs along the California coast almost the whole drive.
Pit stops are the best if you haven't read my Road Trip post.
Make sure to pull over and explore when you get the chance!
One of my favorite photos of the whole trip.
Before you cross the iconic Bixby Bridge, pull over on the side to take a couple pictures. The view is too good not to, obviously.
Did I mention I love pit stops?
When we reached the hiking trails, we decided to hike up in the redwoods. The redwoods have been on my bucket list forever. And yup, it's just like the movies, y'all. I had a bit of a Katniss Everdeen & Bella Swan moment. Ok maybe a couple.
There are multiple trails to choose from... of course we chose the most difficult (we might have regretted that decision). At least it brought us to the top of the mountain with gorgeous views of the area.
After our hike, we went and had a late lunch up in the mountains.
There are great restaurants in the area, but Nepenthe was definitely our favorite! It had an outdoor patio (our favorite) with a beautiful view overlooking the water. The cocktails & food were very good as well.
After our late lunch and some more exploring, we found a cute little bakery at the bottom of the mountain. We decided to stop and have some coffee & dessert at Big Sur Bakery because why not, right? I would highly recommend this place - it was SO GOOD & SO DAMN CUTE.
After our late afternoon coffee and some more exploring, we decided to park our Jeep on the side of the highway and watch the sunset. Well even better than that, we parked and sat on top of the Jeep to watch.
I know I know.. kinda cute, right?
Well... we sat on the Jeep for a little bit. We couldn't help but take a walk on the beach while the sun was setting. After the sun set, we headed back to San Francisco.
What a fun day, right? You can easily plan this trip in one day if you are a couple hours from Big Sur. My next trip here will be overnight camping in January. So excited to share the stories & pictures with you guys!
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