Your Guide to a Highway 1 Road Trip

Highway 1 is one of the most iconic stretches of road in California and we are here to help guide you along this experience! From scenic views to historic wonders, a Highway 1 road trip is an adventure of a lifetime.


Begin your journey with these best stop spots:


  1. First Stop: Monterey

What to Do: Explore Cannery Row, Go Whale Watching, Enjoy Coastal Views at Asilomar State Beach or Stroll through Old Fisherman’s Wharf

The best part about Monterey? There’s plenty to do! Visit Cannery Row and explore the many unique shops and restaurants or head over to Old Fisherman’s Wharf for a cup of chowder. While visiting the Wharf you may as well book a whale watching experience. Monterey Bay is an underwater treasure; book with Princess Monterey Whale Watching and enjoy views of seals, dolphins, sea otters, fish and of course whales! You can’t visit the California Coast without a visit to the beach, make a trip out to Asilomar State Beach for some gorgeous coastal views.

Where to Stay: The Monterey Hotel

Among hotels in Monterey, no destination combines convenience, affordability and historic warmth like The Monterey Hotel. This boutique hotel is tucked into the heart of downtown, moments from top area attractions! Save with exclusive deals with their seasonal specials


  1. Second Stop: Big Sur

What to Do: Capture Bixby Bridge, Visit Ragged Point, and Walk along Pfeiffer Beach

As you drive along the gorgeous stretch that is Highway 1, a must-stop destination is Big Sur. For all the outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll be in awe of the spectacular sights. Capture an Instagram-worthy photo at the iconic Bixby Bridge then head out to the beach for a day in the sand! Pfeiffer Beach is off the beaten path but so worth the visit, stay until sunset and experience a memorable moment. Another great spot is Ragged Point, a very picturesque stop with jaw-dropping views from waterfalls to sandy beaches.

Where to Stay: Big Sur Lodge

Nestled deep in the mighty redwood forest of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur Lodge has long been a haven for writers, artists, seekers of beauty, and weary travelers in search of the peace and majesty that the ancient redwoods bestow on body and soul. Save with their special offers.


  1. Third Stop: Cambria 

What to Do: Hike Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, Visit Piedras Blancas Light Station and Explore Moonstone Beach

Along your Highway 1 road trip, experience an unforgettable retreat to Cambria! This small, coastal town is full of enchanting beaches, historic attractions, delicious dining and more. One of our favorite outdoor activities includes hiking Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, a unique ranch with rare views along the shoreline! Be sure to bring your hiking boots, the ranch has 15 different trails to explore. The different trails are perfect for any type of hiker, whether you are experienced or new to hiking there’s a trail for you to enjoy. After a day of exploring beautiful views, head over to the historic Piedras Blancas Light Station. Book a tour and learn more about the historical significance of the lighthouse. There’s so much to do in Cambria that you may need a few days to appreciate all the fun activities this town has to offer! A walk along the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk is unlike any other. You could spend a whole day enjoying a picturesque stroll complete with ocean views and peaceful sounds of the waves hitting the shore.

Where to Stay: Cambria Pines Lodge or Sea Otter Inn

Nestled amid the magical landscape of Cambria, Cambria Pines Lodge provides a tranquil coastal getaway in a picturesque setting only minutes from Moonstone Beach and the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Encompassing a breathtaking 25 acres of stunning gardens and Monterey pine forest, this boutique hotel features spacious, pet-friendly rooms and suites, beautifully appointed in a rustic style. Retreat and relax with their exclusive packages

Or stay across the street from Moonstone Beach at Sea Otter Inn! With a charming ambiance, a peaceful garden setting on the oceanfront in Cambria and personal touches like a picnic basket breakfast hand-delivered to your room each morning, this charming inn is a relaxing, welcoming gateway to Cambria. Enhance your stay with their exclusive offers.


With this itinerary, your highway 1 road trip is bound to be an experience of a lifetime! These stops are just the beginning of a fabulous adventure, start planning your Highway 1 road trip today!