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Take a Summer Road Trip: A Guide from Los Angeles to Monterey

13 Jun 2024

Summer Road Trip Guide from Los Angeles to Monterey

Summer is officially here, and we're already dreaming of the adventures and memories that lie ahead. This week, we're embarking on a coastal adventure from Los Angeles to Monterey to experience the breathtaking beauty of the California coast. This road trip promises stunning vistas, exciting attractions, and a beautiful destination at the end. Get ready to hit the road and head to Monterey!


First Stop: Malibu

The first stop on your epic road trip from Los Angeles to Monterey is the stunning beach town of Malibu. Known for its pristine coastline, there's no shortage of fun things to do in this quick stop. Take a leisurely stroll along the iconic Malibu Pier, where you can soak up the breathtaking ocean views and maybe even catch a glimpse of some surfers riding the waves. For nature enthusiasts, a visit to the picturesque Point Mugu is a must, offering scenic views of the Pacific, rocky bluffs, beautiful hills, canyons, and hiking trails. Don't forget to indulge in some delicious seafood at one of Malibu's waterfront restaurants, while savoring the laid-back coastal vibes.

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is another picturesque coastal city that offers a plethora of attractions and will leave you awe-inspired. Start your time in Santa Barbara by visiting Stearns Wharf, where you can indulge in waterfront dining, shop for unique souvenirs, or simply enjoy panoramic ocean views. For animal lovers, the Santa Barbara Zoo is a must-visit destination. Explore their diverse collection of animals and immerse yourself in their conservation efforts.

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Solvang is charming Danish village nestled in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley, and offers a unique blend of European charm and Californian beauty. Explore the picturesque streets lined with half-timbered houses, indulge in authentic Danish pastries and cuisine, and discover the rich history at the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art. For outdoor enthusiasts, Solvang is surrounded by breathtaking vineyards and scenic hiking trails. Don't miss the chance to visit the iconic Mission Santa Inés, a historic Spanish mission. Solvang is the perfect addition to your unforgettable California road trip adventure.



Pismo Beach

Next stop is the beautiful coastal town of Pismo Beach. With its stunning beaches, charming downtown area, and abundance of outdoor activities, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Take a stroll along the famous Pismo Pier and soak in the breathtaking ocean views. Adventure seekers can go dune buggying or horseback riding on the scenic sand dunes. For a more laid-back experience, explore the local wineries and indulge in some delicious wine tasting.


San Simeon

Add San Simeon as your next stop, and prepare to be inspired by the wonders this coastal town has to offer. Start your adventure at the iconic Hearst Castle, a majestic mansion built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Marvel at the opulent architecture and stunning art collection that graces this historic landmark. Afterward, head to the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, where you can witness these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. With its breathtaking beauty and captivating attractions, San Simeon is a must-visit destination on your road trip.



Last Stop: Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey

After an exhilarating journey, it's time to settle down at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey. Book a room at Portola Hotel & Spa and make your summer road trip truly unforgettable. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or a luxurious escape, this coastal destination has it all. Get ready to relax, explore, and create lifelong memories at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Your summer road trip awaits! To book your stay in Monterey, visit our website, or call us at (888)-222-5851.

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