San Francisco to Los Angeles: Where to stay along the way?

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The Pacific Coast Highway is considered one of the most beautiful routes in all of America. Those people lucky enough to explore it are generally driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles. If done correctly, the route should take multiple days to complete – and this means making a number of overnight stops along the way. Therefore, once you’ve applied for your ESTA visa, you’ll want to give some serious thought to what towns you’ll be visiting during your trip. With this in mind, here are three spots where you’ll definitely want to stay while driving along the Pacific Coast Highway.

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is just 70 miles outside of San Francisco. This means that you should be prepared for your first stop to come rather early or else miss out on this surfers’ paradise. With a population of just 70,000 people, the city is a lot smaller than other metropolitan areas in California. However, it’s always lively and boasts one of the most famous seaside arcades in America.

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is 321 miles south of San Francisco. It’s a hidden gem of sorts – or at least it was until Oprah Winfrey named it ‘the happiest place in America’ back in 2013. Since then it’s become more popular amongst tourists, while still retaining the rural charm that made it such a hit in the first place.

Santa Barbara

With just 90 miles left before arriving in Los Angeles, it would be a shame not to stop in Santa Barbara. Famed for its Mediterranean feel, the city is arguably the last taste of true peace and quiet that you’ll get to enjoy before being taken over by the bright lights of Tinseltown. If you’ve only got time for a bite to eat, you’ll find that many restaurants serve up fresh fish caught that very day.

Your dream road trip awaits

Whether you’re eyeing up driving the Pacific Coast Highway or have set your sights on completing Route 66, don’t forget that you’ll first need to be accepted for an ESTA visa before you’re allowed to holiday in America. Once this is sorted though, you can start putting together your itinerary.