Road Trip down the Pacific Coast Highway: Part 1

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I feel like we’ve been traveling SO much lately, but I am definitely not complaining because I absolutely love to travel and welcome it whenever I get the chance!! We’ve had SO much fun from Chicago, to Mexico, to Honduras, to Florida, and now a family road trip down the CALIFORNIA coast!!! I just can’t wait to tell you all about it because we did and saw so many amazing things!!

Day 1.

We met Cory’s family at DFW Airport and boarded our flight to San Francisco! When we arrived in San Fran we got our rental car, which was a huge 12 passenger van we named Herbert (haha), and headed to our hotel, The Fairmont. The hotel itself was absolutely beautiful and was in the perfect location! We spent our first night exploring the city and ate dinner at a restaurant at the Fisherman’s Wharf called GOTS. Cory was happy because they had amazing milkshakes (he got 2 different flavors haha).

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Day 2. 

The next morning we woke up early and rented electric bikes to bike across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Because the bikes were electric, it made the whole experience super easy and fun!!! While we were getting closer to the bridge, a heavy fog started to roll in (covering most of the bridge) and we got nervous we wouldn’t be able to see anything once on the bridge. Luckily, about halfway across the bridge the fog disappeared and we were able to see the STUNNING views of San Fransisco. It was so amazing!!!

After we crossed the bridge we continued on our bikes to a small town called Salsalito. Ya’ll… this town was SO cute! It’s similar to the French Rivera (a town in the middle of beautiful hills by the coast), but it’s in America! We had no idea it’d be that pretty! We rode around on our bikes there all afternoon, ate ice cream and sang “Doe a Dear” from the Sound of Music! Haha! It was so great! Also while in Salsalito, we had lunch at an Italian restaurant called Poggio. It was delicious! This whole experience was probably my favorite from the entire trip and is a definite MUST if you take a trip to San Fransisco.

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That night, we took a ferry back to San Fransisco and headed back to our hotel after an extremely fun first day in California.

Day 3. 

We checked out of the Fairmont that morning and got on the road to head to our next location, Monterey, California! On our way to Monterey we stopped at a couple places for a little sight seeing and food! Our first stop was at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay. We’d heard it had beautiful views so we used it as an opportunity to get out of the car and stretch our legs.

Next, we stopped in Santa Cruz and had lunch at a seafood restaurant on the pier called FireFish Grill. After the most beautiful drive, we arrived in Monterey at our home for the night, Hotel Abrego, which was super quaint and cozy.

For dinner we went to a Mexican restaurant called El Torito and I had all you can eat street tacos! Haha! YUM!

Day 4. 

We woke up and had breakfast at the Paris Bakery, which we just happened to drive by! It had a huge selection of breakfast pastries and was such a great place to start our day. After breakfast we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’ve been to multiple aquariums before, but they never get old! Animals are just fascinating! Haha!

That afternoon we drove the “17-mile drive” which goes through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. We stopped at Pebble Beach (a famous golf course) and the guys got some fun souvenirs. After, we went to a shopping center called Carmel By the Sea and had dinner at the cutest Mexican restaurant called Pescadero.

When we got back to the hotel, all the kids had some hotel pool hot tub time and then went to sleep after another long and fun day!

I’m going to do a part-2 to this post so check back soon to read about the amazing second half of our California road trip adventure!!!! Have a great week!!

Amy Cotton

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  1. such great pics!!! Isn't San Fran beautiful? I spent a few days there over the holidays (Dec.2015/Jan.2016) and totally LOVED all the hills and downtown attractions. And the Golden Gate Bridge…WOW!

  2. OH this looks like an awesome trip! My husband and I have been wanting to take and adventure down the coast of Cali!! I'll have to save your post for when we plan our trip! P.S. I just shared the tips on packing your suitcase over on my blog – you should check it out for your next adventure!

  3. I LOVE San Francisco! We were there two 4th of Julys ago and love that city. We took regular bikes over the Golden Gate, but those electric bikes sound way better!! Pebble Beach has the best views – I love that you stopped there on 17-mile drive, too!

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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