Technically, driving from LA to San Francisco on the Pacific Coast Highway can be done in a day. Travel guides recommend investing two days into the trip.
But, with some planning, it can be turned into a whole holiday on its own. Weave in hikes, lazing on the beach, wine tasting and sampling local cuisine, and you’ll experience some of the best California has to offer.
Hire a convertible – you’ll get your money’s worth
Car hire tips:
Try price comparison websites to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Sixt or Enteprise normally offer good deals. If you can afford to, bite the bullet and get a convertible – you absolutely won’t regret it.
At the Luxe on Sunset Boulevard
Spacious, secluded and just five miles off the PCH, The Luxe is a great location to base yourself during your LA arm of the trip.
Despite being on a crazy-busy road, you’d be forgiven for thinking you weren’t in a tropical jungle. The Luxe has managed to create an oasis of calm in a city where the traffic rarely stops. Balconies either face the pool, city skyline or the dense foliage – with the latter providing a lush setting for your morning coffee.
The rooms are huge, and the pillows delightfully fluffy, although the shower could use with being updated.
Unlike other LA hotels, food and drink is very reasonably priced, meaning you can enjoy breakfast – I’d recommend the huge stack of lemon and ricotta pancakes – out on the terrace, which has a cascading water feature providing the soundtrack, without worrying about breaking the bank.
Stop off at Alana’s Coffee Roasters for your morning fix of fancy coffee. Locally roasted, organic and, if you like it – which you probably will – you can buy a batch to take home. Pair with one of their baked treats – I opted for the rosemary and butternut squash muffin and it was bloody delicious.
Canela Cocina Latina – If you fancy a more hearty breakfast, head over to this unassuming Mexican joint, where the grub is just as Mexican grub should be – dirty, unapologetically messy, and packing a spicy punch.
Hop on down to the Boardwalk and watch the entertainers try to amuse the crowds – or ogle at the gym goers pumping iron on Muscle Beach, before heading on over to the thrift stores to find …
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle