If you guys have read my blog recently, you might know that my friends and I have booked a road trip through California for September of this year. We’re driving from San Francisco to Las Vegas. You also might be aware of my fondness for bucket lists, and since California is a state where I feel like there’s a lot of expectations to do incredible things, I couldn’t wait to conjure up a bucket list for the California road trip of my dreams.
With the vastness of California, there were so many things that I wanted to include but couldn’t: so if you have any additional stops, be sure to let me know and I’ll add them to our road trip list!
This is also the first holiday of mine where the entire stay is in AirBnb accommodation. From each city and town that we drive through, we have our stops that we’ll be making sure we can reach every night and I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
Where I’m Headed on My Road Trip Through California
Take in the sights of the Painted Ladies and Alamo Square.
Rent a bike from Fishermans Wharf and cycle to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Participate in an Alcatraz Tour.
Get Baked at Mr Holmes Bakehouse.
Bathe in the sand at Bakers Beach.
Ride a cable car up San Francisco’s infamous hills.
Stuff ourselves with apple cider doughnuts at Butter Love Bakeshop.
Take in the bay area at Fisherman’s Wharf / Pier 39.
Walk the most crooked street in The USA at Lombard Street.
Swing across the beach at Kirby Cove.
Explore the Winchester Mystery House.
Check out the commercial district of Santana Row.
Spend some time on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Try the California classic In ‘n’ Out.
Visit the Mystery Spot.
Drive the scenic 17 Mile Drive.
Spend some time at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Bask in the sand at Monterey State Beach.
Explore the infamous Cannery Row.
Check what’s on offer at Monterey Farmers Market.
Carmel by the Sea
Enjoy the sights of Carmel Beach City Park.
Overlook the incredible Bixby Creek Bridge.
Visit McWay Falls.
Indulge at the Big Sur Bakery.
Marvel at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Take in dinner with a view at Nepenthe.
Grab a detour to Hearst Castle.
Take a dip in the Esalen Institute Hot Springs.
San Luis Obispo
Swing by Bubblegum Alley.
Rent a bike and ride across California’s incredible coastline.
Indulge in some street food from La Super-Rica.
Walk the incredible Malibu Pier.
Stop by the Insta-famous Malibu Farm Pier Cafe.
Dip our toes in the sand at Malibu’s iconic Surfrider Beach.
Take in the sights and sounds of Santa Monica’s Pier.
Try our hand at a 2 hour surfing lesson from Santa Monica Beach.
Rent bikes from Venice Beach.
See Los Angeles from above at Skyspace L.A.
Explore the sights of Beverly Hills.
Meander down the Pacific Coast Highway.
Take in the views from the Hollywood Sign.
Step by Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Spend an evening at Disneyland: California Adventure.
Hike to the Griffith Observatory.
Drive by the Grand Canyon on our way to Las Vegas.
Walk the sights and sounds of The Strip.
Try some great candy and boozy milkshakes from The Milk Bar.
Drive to The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
Zip-line through Bootleg Canyon.
Visit the Valley of Fire.
Give land sailing a try.
Have you ever visited California?
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