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Photo Essay: Highway One Road Trip, California (Part 2)

Photo Essay: Highway One Road Trip, California (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our Highway One Road Trip Photo Essay, we covered day 1 our journey from San Francisco down to Cambria on the Pacific Coast Highway.

The plan for the second and final day of our journey was to make it down to Santa Monica as quickly as possible. We did schedule a short stop for lunch in Santa Barbara and were sure to allow time for some photos along the way but unfortunately as we approached Santa Barbara on this sunny Friday, we had our first encounter with southbound LA traffic. If only we knew! Traffic delays reduced our time significantly and made us rush more than we already were.

The photo below shows the lovely road ahead before we hit traffic!

Highway 1 - The Road Ahead

Santa Barbara Zoo

We had time for only one activity in Santa Barbara and we chose to visit the zoo in the hope of fulfilling Amy’s dream to get up close and personal with the zoo’s tallest resident and hand feed the giraffes. Regrettably, this dream had to be placed on hold for the time-being as we missed the scheduled feeding times by the matter of a few minutes. Despite the disappointment, we still had an enjoyable day at Santa Barbara Zoo.

Giraffes at Santa Barbara Zoo Flamingo at Santa Barbara ZooBird at Santa Barbara Zoo

Malibu Beach

The beachside mansions were spectacular, but for us the biggest drawcard here were the lifeguard towers from Baywatch! We pulled over at the side of the road to check them out and also to take the top off of our Ford Mustang for the cruise into Santa Monica. We sure do miss that car!

Lifeguard Tower at Malibu Beach
Our Ford Mustang Ford Mustang

Santa Monica

Cruising down Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica brought an end to our incredible journey, not only our Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip but also the end of our USA vacation. While it’s sad to end any vacation, it was definitely a memorable way to do it!

Santa Monica Beach
Streets lined with palm trees in Santa Monica

What’s your most memorable end to a vacation or any other travels? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Posted March 19, 2011 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Love the pics… that is on my list of things to do. I so want to road trip the entire Pacific Coast Highway.
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  2. Posted March 19, 2011 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    I have to say I had never heard of the Pacific Coast Highway, but it does look like a trip worth taking :)
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  3. Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Could have sworn I posted here before, but just wanted to say that I have taken the same trip you just did, probably about 15-20 times due to living in Southern California for most of my life, and needless to say, that drive never gets old, never gets boring and never ceases to impress. One of the best drives I have ever taken in the U.S.

    Glad to see you guys had fun and got some great photos!
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  4. Posted March 21, 2011 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    I love the Pacific Coast Highway, but we haven’t had much opportunity to drive it! Which is sad, because we’ve both lived all throughout Oregon and California for most of our lives, so there were plenty of times we could have taken that route…. it just takes so much longer than I-5 or 101.

    When we first got our RV we were in San Diego and were driving up to San Francisco, so we decided to take our time and drive the PCH…. and the traffic was awful! Not much fun in a huge rig, lol. But a convertible…. I could totally do it in a convertible!
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    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, we’d probably be taking the faster road too if we lived in the area! Sure the views are great but you really need to be able to stop to enjoy them – a lot of the times I was too scared to look at the views in fear of driving right off the cliff haha.

      I can imagine it would definitely be much better doing it in a smooth ride – even in the Mustang some of those corners felt tight, an RV would’ve been very tough!

  5. Posted March 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Seems like an awesome road trip, definitely something I’d like to do in the near future :)
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  6. Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I love this road trip! Something about driving by the ocean makes me a much more peaceful driver, too!

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