It's the dream road. Hugging California's coast at the very edge of the continent. Winding past redwoods, rugged cliffs and crashing Pacific waves. Sea lions, lighthouses, Spanish missions and Carmel-by-the-Sea. Luxury hotels and sun-kissed Santa Ynez Valley vineyards. Coastal scenery that takes your breath away.
1 Bike world-famous 17-Mile Drive, rolling through dramatic coastline and catching a view of Pebble Beach | Arrive in the storybook town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where you can browse art galleries, boutiques and cafés | Visit an 18th-century Spanish colonial mission in this seaside haven.
2 Ride in the shadow of towering coastal redwoods in Big Sur State Park | Pedal the cliff-hugging Cabrillo Highway past wind-torn cypresses | Soak up the bohemian vibe of Big Sur Village | Watch waves crash through a rocky arch as you walk along sandy Pfeiffer Beach.
3 Miles of staggering views greet you on the Big Sur coast | Behold McWay Falls, tumbling down granite cliffs into the sea | Head south through rugged coastline and cattle country, passing Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, whose cove is a hangout for elephant seals | Visit Hearst Castle, where optional tours reveal an astounding 58 bedrooms, 18 sitting rooms and sublime grounds | The call of sea lions invites you to explore the bluffs—you might spot a migrating whale!
4-6 Discover the vineyard-laden Santa Ynez Valley | A pastoral inland route leads to Los Olivos, with Victorian buildings, eclectic artwork and alluring tasting rooms | Get to know the town of Solvang, a dash of Denmark in California | Taste wines and olive oils or visit a lavender farm.