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But, with some planning, it can be turned into a whole holiday on its own. Weave in hikes, lazing on the beach, wine tasting and sampling local cuisine, and you'll experience some of the best California has to offer.
Having grown up in Southern California I had never driven the famous stretch of coastal road that runs from Monterey and down through Big Sur. Today would change all that.
It's possible to drive the whole of the USA's Pacific Coast, with a few twists and turns taking you inland now and then. It's an epic drive of almost 1800 miles, and along the way you'll see man-made wonders like Hearst Castle and the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as breathtaking scenery like the Big Sur coast, and natural wonders including giant redwood trees and elephant seals.