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From LA up coast

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From LA up coast

What area would you suggest to stop if driving 101 from LA /Santa Monica area? We have 2 18 year

and want to experience the drive and beauty of California coast. We have 2 days.

Long Beach...
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1. Re: From LA up coast

Stay the night in Santa Barbara (or Pismo Beach), but drive up to Morro Bay, Cambria, Ragged Point.

Grover Beach...
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for Pismo Beach, Cambria, Big Sur
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2. Re: From LA up coast

What are the 18 YO's into? If they're looking for the traditional hip California beach scene, then opt for Santa Monica to San Diego. The coast north of LA is more about scenery than shopping or laying out on a beach.

Currently, a good deal of the scenic stretch of coastline through Big Sur is closed due to rock/mud slides and a bridge collapse, so that might help with making your decision.

Santa Monica...
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3. Re: From LA up coast

Don't drive the 101, take Pacific Coast Highway, or Hwy 1 from Santa Monica. It takes you through Malibu to Oxnard, where you are forced onto the 101, then drive that to Santa Barbara and have lunch. Consider an overnight in Pismo Beach.

Santa Monica...
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for Santa Monica
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4. Re: From LA up coast

What Elle said! Drive through Malibu on PCH, it's beautiful. If you want to do things there along the way, here are some ideas:


For more information on the coastal route between Santa Monica and San Francisco, please go up a level to the California forum and read their top questions (full version, right side of the forum page). There is a lot of information on this very popular drive on that California forum, some pertinent to road closures after our extradordinarily wet winter.

Edited: 01 June 2017, 12:11
5. Re: From LA up coast

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