The second I knew that COVID had officially killed all our 2020 international travel plans, I knew I had to plan a great adventure that was not only SAFE but was also domestic. With my love for travel, there was no way I was going to be cooped up for months on end this whole year and NOT travel as well. So a two-week road trip along the western coast visiting different National Parks seemed like the most ideal plan since we could be socially distant and outside as much as possible!
Our two-week road trip started in Seattle, Washington and ended in Malibu, California and totaled 2,871 miles! We made so many stops along the way at very notable destinations like Olympic National Park, Cannon Beach, Redwoods, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, just to name a few!
Today I will be highlighting the second week of our trip! Click here to read about the first week of our trip. Stayed tuned for another blog going in depth about our trip to Yosemite National Park, COMING SOON!
Day Seven: Driving to San Francisco
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Fun Fact about “Bird Rock” – Bird Rock was completely covered in 4 to 5 feet of pelican and cormorant guano until 1930 when it was harvested as a fertilizer. Sea lions took advantage of the cleaned-off perch and have been sunbathing there ever since!
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Day Fourteen: Big Sur & Our Pacific Coast Highway Drive to Malibu
What is the Pacific Coast Highway? State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) is a major north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of California. At a total of 656 miles, it is the longest state route in California.
This area is located on a natural harbor making it a fantastic place to see marine wildlife. What Morro Bay is MOST known for is the “Morro Rock”. This rock is a giant volcanic behemoth located directly on the beach.
Morro Bay is also known for its seafood, clam chowder and fish & chips so of course we stopped and had fish and chips on the bay. After lunch, we walked around the small town and did a bit of shopping before getting on the road again.
We got to our room and there was a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us. We spent the rest of our evening ordering room service, enjoying wine and taking in the sounds of the ocean at night right from our balcony.
Days Fifteen & Sixteen: Malibu
Unfortunately, the Spa was closed due to COVID but the restaurant on property was still open! For breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service and thankfully the restaurant was closed to the public and was only serving hotel guests at the time we were there.
The restaurant on property is called Carbon Beach Club Restaurant. It sits on the beach itself overlooking the waves and wildlife of the Pacific Ocean and the Malibu Pier. This restaurant is also the same place that offers the room service. They only use locally-sourced ingredients from One Gun Ranch and resident farmers’ markets to create seasonal land and sea menus and boy was the food DELICIOUS! Everything we ate was, even the food we ordered to our room!
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More photos of the resort below:
Interested in planning a domestic road trip? Or visiting any of these destinations? Contact Christine Wolff to start planning your trip today! Call 314-439-5700 ext. 134 or email her!
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