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Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

Spend three days cruising California’s most famous road and scoping out the must-see highlights and undiscovered stops.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  Day One: Los Angeles to Ojai (82 miles). Just seven miles northwest of Santa Monica on the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1), you can’t ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Art Café and Bakery

Don’t miss the curried chicken sandwich.

Address:
6005 El Camino Real
Atascadero, California
United States

Phone:
(805) 461-8300

2. Bart’s Books

An open-air used bookstore set in the frame of a traditional (though roofless) house.

Address:
302 W. Matilija St.
Ojai, California
United States

Phone:
(805) 646-3755

Many private homes don’t have the wiggle room provided by the villas at this contemporary-Mediterranean resort on a bluff above a beautiful central California coast beach, just off Highway 1. The 61 one- and two-bedroom accommodations have private entrances and terraces and measure 935 to 2,100 square feet. Neat and tidy beige-on-cream living... More

Sit down to a plate of grilled salmon and sourdough bread at the casual, terraced restaurant. Gaze out on the ocean while you nosh on a fried-scallop sandwich or fish-and-chips.

Address:
25653 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, California
United States

Phone:
(310) 456-3430

5. Pottery

Visit the rustic studio workshop of Midcentury ceramist Otto Heino, who, at the age of 95, produces museum-worthy pieces.

Address:
971 McAndrew Rd.
Ojai, California
United States

Phone:
(805) 646-3393

Order the chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at this tiny spot.

Address:
197 Pomeroy Ave.
Pismo Beach, California
United States

Phone:
(805) 773-4653

7. Su Nido Inn

All nine rooms at this Mission revival-style, all-suite hotel have super-plush beds and custom tile work; three have vaulted ceilings.

Address:
301 N. Montgomery St.
Ojai, California
United States

Phone:
(805) 646-7080

Dine on the slate patio of this 15-year-old local institution that serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with organic produce from area farmers.

Address:
502 W. Ojai Ave.
Ojai, California
United States

Phone:
(805) 640-1961

9. Sycamore Mineral Springs

Head to the spa for a grape seed-extract massage.

Address:
1215 Avila Beach Dr.
San Luis Obispo, California
United States

Phone:
(800) 234-5831