Destinations Explored

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

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Cambria, CA

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Malibu, CA

The Pacific Coast Highway, or State Route 1, is one of the country's most epic drives. Each twist and turn reveals an even more impressive ocean view—with the occasional whale sighting if you're lucky. Between each seaside hamlet, you'll find rolling green hills, rugged beaches, and dense forested interiors. While the drive can technically be done in a day, we recommend at least a couple of overnight stops to fully appreciate it. This trip can begin in either Los Angeles or the Bay Area. 

Key Highlights

Charming village vibes at Carmel-by-the-Sea

Secluded hikes and sweeping coastal views in Big Sur

Elephant seal sightings in San Simeon

Miles of sandy beach in Malibu

Best Times to Visit

March - November

Sample Trip Itinerary

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Bay Area to Carmel

2 hours from San Francisco to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Accommodation in Bay Area to Carmel

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Carmel to Cambria

2 hours and 30 minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea to Cambria.

Accommodation in Carmel to Cambria

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Cambria to Malibu

3 hours and 30 minutes from Cambria to Malibu.

Accommodation in Cambria to Malibu

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, Cambria, CA, Malibu, CA

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Carol’s Family Trip to Japan

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Omar’s London & Paris Family Vacation with Kids

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Carol’s Family Trip to Japan

“The experience was out of this world! Anything that we requested or that we were interested in, Sarah was able to accommodate it for us.”

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Omar’s London & Paris Family Vacation with Kids

“We really enjoyed the mix of cultural, food and shopping experiences. Most of all, it was great to hit the ground with a plan for each day, but also improvise depending on how our kids were feeling.”

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Deborah & Lew’s 25th Wedding Anniversary in Italy

“Couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I had some specific ideas about what to see—what art, what part of the countryside, etc. Elena (our trip designer) was very patient with me as we worked out just the right itinerary.”