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Pacific Coast Highway - A Californian Road Trip

Eryn looks out to San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge from a boat in the water below
Marveling at San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge

California's Pacific Coast Highway 1 holds beautiful landscapes where colors of all sorts coexist perfectly in every view. With the warm sunshine and deep blue ocean accompanying us throughout our journey, we could not have asked for a better road trip to experience California's picturesque coastline.

We began at San Francisco, a bright city perched upon a myriad of rolling hills. Taking afternoon walks here was wonderful, except when we had to clamber up Lombard Street, the most crooked street on Earth. It was simply mesmerizing watching all of those cars winding down the infamously steep hill. After reaching the top and pausing for a moment to catch our breaths, we continued wandering through the city's pleasant streets. Just as the sun began to set, we then caught the last few hours of sunlight to take a little boat ride. We went under the iconic Golden Gate and Bay Bridges and even circled Alcatraz Island, a historic prison where some of the most villainous criminals were kept.

Eryn takes a photo of the San Francisco Bay Bridge in the distance from a boat
Taking in the views of the San Francisco Bay Bridge just before the sun begins to set

Soon, it was time to say goodbye to the lovely coastal city, but there were more scenic views awaiting us. With the deep blue ocean flanking us, we drove along endless highways, gazing in awe at the environment that surrounded us. The glowing sun illuminated rolling hills of green and brown, contrasting beautifully with the brilliant blue seas. At times, the view deserved more than a mere drive-by, and we could not resist stopping to absorb our surroundings.

Bixby Creek Bridge stands in the backdrop of Big Sur's rocky coasts and seas
The natural landscapes by Bixby Creek Bridge are the perfect example of the beauty of California's Big Sur coasts!
Multi-colored rolling hills by the ocean with rocky shores and sandy beaches by the Pacific Coast Highway in California
The multi-colored rolling hills along the Pacific Coast Highway
A group of elephant seals relaxing on the beach in the late afternoon sun with the shore in the background
A group of elephant seals relaxing in the sand at a beach along the Pacific Coast Highway.

We then continued to make a quick stop in the small town of San Luis Obispo and witness some incredible wildlife in Monterey, but that's another story. Within a short period of a week, our trip soon concluded in Los Angeles, but images of the captivating views we came across left a lasting imprint in our memories. A road trip filled with such color and vibrancy is definitely going to be one that will be difficult to forget.

A rocky coastline in California along the Pacific Coast Highway with green hills in the distance
The dynamic coastal landscape along the drive down the Pacific Coast Highway 1
A rocky coastline by light blue waves and hills continuing into the distance along the Pacific Coast Highway


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