Your post is a little confusing. Does your "one week: include SF, LA & Route 1?
we are leaving San Francisco on a Monday morning in a car ride to Los angeles and would like to stop in some locations we taking a flight back home in the next monday from Los angeles. (would like to use route 1 we heard it"s a nice ride)
You can certainly do that. Highway 1 is highly scenic and there are lots of options for overnighting along the way. Two overnight stops is recommended. Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove recommended for the first night. Cambria or Pismo Beach recommended for the second night. If you can swing a third night, then Santa Barbara would be it.
Some of the highlights of the Highway 1 drive include:
Henry Cowell Redwoods (A few miles east of Santa Cruz)
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Asilomar Beach/Pacific Grove's beautiful rocky shoreline
17 Mile Drive/Pebble Beach
Carmel By The Sea
Carmel Beach (Beautiful wind swept cypress tree lined beach)
Point Lobos State Reserve (Stunning scenery/wildlife viewing)
Nepenthe for lunch
Elephant seal rookery near the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse
Santa Barbara: Stearns Wharf, historical California mission, the courthouse and gardens, State Street shopping
You should research each of these to see which stops appeal to you.
Here's a timeline of the drive (Without stops):
SF to Monterey: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Monterey to Cambria: 2 1/2 to 3 hours (This is the dramatic coastline you've heard so much about. Take it slow and plan on a more realistic 6-10 hours for the drive)
Pismo Beach is another hour's drive from Cambria
Cambria to Santa Barbara: 2 1/2 hours
Santa Barbara to LA: 2 hoursEdited: 06 May 2014, 03:37
thanks so much for your help
Have a good trip!
Thanks for posting this. We are doing the exact same drive but in march. We are on a time crunch because our trip ends with a wedding for friends in LA. we have been to LA before so wanted to explore other areas. Trying to decide if we should fly in to SF on Monday or start earlier on Saturday.
Good. What's your question?
If you were asking me. I didn't really have a question just also thanking kibbles for the awesome info. It's helping my husband and I make our decision with the same predicament.
Keep in mind that your predicament is different. You are going in March while the other is going in July. The daylight hours in July are much longer which make the touring days longer. You have less time to see things.
@ Kelly O..... The more time you have, the more things you can fit in. If you can arrive SF on Saturday, you could spend 3 nights/2 days and begin the drive down toward LA and have LOTS of quality time for exploring the coast.
Thurs: Santa Barbara
Fri: LA (I assume the wedding is on Saturday?)