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 inns 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, perhaps taking time to lounge in an Adirondack chair and cool your feet in the Big Sur River Take in the views at Point Lobos State Park.
3-6 Discover the vineyard-laden Santa Ynez Valley A pastoral inland route leads to Los Olivos, with Victorian buildings, eclectic artwork and alluring tasting rooms The afternoon is yours to taste wines or olive oils, visit a lavender farm or pamper yourself at the spa. Pause to take in the isolated expanse of sand and surf at Jalama Beach Get to know the town of Solvang, a dash of Denmark in California.