Aside from the crazy busy freeways and getting used to driving on the opposite side of the street, road tripping in California is a breeze. And there are so many things to see – from inquisitive squirrels to lush forests, stunning coastline, Mexican influenced architecture, vineyards as far as the eye can see, roadside BBQ restaurants and retro seaside towns - the drive along the coast through Big Sur from LA to San Francisco is packed with memorable moments.
When the kids got bored of watching the world rush by, they buried their faces in their iPads or munched on In-N-Out Burgers and other uniquely American treats. But mostly they soaked up the chilled-out Californian vibe, their eyes firmly fixed on everything new around them. Along the way, we stopped to check out the sea lions, grab ice creams and discover new playgrounds. Life on the road was always an adventure.
And for us, the parents, we got to see so much out of the car windows that we felt like we were getting a fabulous snap shot of California. Instead of sticking to the typical tourist spots we could take detours when we wanted and the freedom of being able to explore without restrictions was awesome.
We drove from LA (via Disneyland) to Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, the Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Santa Cruz, San Francisco to Napa Valley. Beyond that we drove to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Death Valley, into Nevada to Las Vegas, down to Palm Springs and then back to LA.
The kids saw snow for the first time. We swam in pools looking out into the ocean and pools nestled in the hot desert. We giggled at squirrels and marveled at hummingbirds. We watched otters play and skateboarders do tricks. We checked out the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and rode cable cars in San Francisco and so much more.
But most of all we laughed, we talked, we shared adventures together and made memories to last a lifetime. We spent time together as a family with no work or school to get in the way.
Holidays are the best. Family is even better.
Thanks Escape Travel – this holiday was the gift of love we so needed.