Start your adventure along the Pacific Coast Highway here. If you have a few days to spend in San Francisco I recommend these things. The Golden Gate Bridge & Pier 39 are musts, but if you’re up for it, leave the car at home because this city is perfect for walking and taking public transportation which includes cable cars.
Santa Cruz is under 2 hours from San Francisco, making it a great stop for people driving the entire length of the highway or who just want a quick taste of it on a day trip from San Francisco.
The drive along Big Sur is one of the most scenic parts of the PCH. Here, the rugged cliffs get higher and higher above the indigo Pacific. As your car weaves around redwood forests and mountains, you’re rewarded with stunning views of the coastline.