Hit the Road, Jack

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS -


Whether you drive ten miles or the full thou­sand, High­way 1 will pro­vide twists and turns and views of the coast that will take your breath away, such as this one in Santa Cruz County, above.

Cal­i­for­ni­ans didn’t in­vent the car,

but they like to think, with some jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, that they in­vented the au­to­mo­bile life­style. With drive-thru gro­cery stores, drive-thru phar­ma­cies, drive-thru churches and even drive-thru mor­tu­ar­ies, one gets the feel­ing that if Cal­i­for­ni­ans could only in­vent a drive-thru de­liv­ery room they could hap­pily go from cra­dle to grave with­out ever hav­ing to pull over to the curb.

Cal­i­for­nia is a land of su­per­sized dis­tances, jumbo land­scapes and big-gulp vis­tas, and the best way to see it all is on a road trip, or, bet­ter yet, a se­ries of road trips. Here are a few of our fa­vorites.

Up the Coast

North­ern Cal­i­for­ni­ans call it “High­way 1” and South­ern Cal­i­for­ni­ans call it the “Pa­cific Coast High­way”—or, sim­ply, the “Pch”—but there’s no doubt that the road that hugs the state’s re­mark­able coast­line, of­ten close enough to feel the salt spray, of­fers one of the world’s clas­sic driv­ing trips.

From sun-splashed South­ern Cal­i­for­nia beaches to the misty red­wood forests near the Ore­gon border, the jour­ney, which in­cludes a few stretches on other high­ways, is a touch over 1,000 miles.

The sights are so numer­ous we can barely scratch the sur­face: The Ho­tel Del

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