Pacific Coast Highway stops on the drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles have everything a traveler can possibly want.
From incredible scenery of Big Sur and the Pacific Ocean, wine tasting in Solvang, incredible surfing in Malibu and Venice, world-class museums at Hearst Castle and the Getty Center, wildlife in Monterey, and historic and beautiful Spanish missions in Santa Barbara, driving the Pacific Coast Highway will be some of the most amazing time of your life.
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The best place to begin your drive down the Pacific Coast Highway is right here in San Francisco!
And since you have a car, make sure to go through the city and drive down our famous Lombard Street, the most crooked street in the world!
From there, you can drive just a bit up Columbus Avenue to go towards San Francisco Bay. Make a quick left on Bay Street, and you’ll be heading right for the Golden Gate Bridge.
Be sure to check out our post on this, one of the world’s most famous bridges, to see where to get the best photographs, learn about the bridge, and the best lookout spots.
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In addition to the beer crawl offered by Lucky Tuk Tuk tours, there is also at least one cocktail tour you can take which will allow you to try some of the best drinks in San Francisco after the sun goes down.
This company offers a craft cocktail tour that covers a variety of different drinks you may have never even heard about before. The tour begins in the evening and lasts for a few hours.
In addition to attending a workshop on cocktail party menus and designs, you’ll also have an opportunity to try 4-5 different cocktails and even enjoy a few bar bites.
The extended tour offered by this company is an excellent alternative to other options if you’re looking for something a bit longer, and it covers a lot of the same subjects and locations in San Francisco.
Over the course of more than an hour, you’ll visit locations like Nob Hill and the Sutter Building where you’ll hear about the potentially haunted history of each site.