Road Trip NorCal

Northern California is an extremely unique part of North America. It is filled with breathtaking views, jaw dropping cliffs, sleepy fisherman towns and misty weather.

The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) is known for some of the most amazing views in the country. This road trip adventure will have your eyes widen, your taste buds salivate, and your lungs forever wishing for more of that cool salty Pacific air. 

Faith flew into San Francisco and traveled south along the PCH to Monterey. She spent two days in Monterey, and then stopped at the Henry Cowell Redwood Grove on the way to Napa and back to San Francisco. 

Where to eat:

Compagno's Market & Deli, a little spot which has been in Monterey for over 40 years. The subs are huge and there is a small grocery with chips and a large selection of beers from all over the world Located across from Presidio Monterey, Compango's is only a short ride to Asilomar Beach

Highway 1 Brewing Company between San Francisco and Monterey.  Their moto is "Turning Water into Domething Drinkable" - Enough said.

Nepenthe in Big Sur. Nepenthe, a Greek word meaning "medicine for sorrow", is a breathtaking cabin-style restaurant in the northern part of Big Sur. The majority of the property is a patio that sits atop at jutting cliff looking out to the seemingly infinite Pacific Ocean. Enjoy wine, local grilled artichokes and a fire pit to warm up while soaking in the experience. 

Rosine's Monterey. A family owned restaurant since the 80's made popular through "Diner's, Drive-ins, and Dives" and known for its Minestrone soup. 

Barmel is a bar in Carmel's shopping districtThis little dive bar is tucked away in a side alley. They have a great happy hour and will have you feeling comfortable in no time in ritzy Carmel. 

What to see:

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a research and non-profit based facility. Their mission is to inspire conservation of our oceans. A must-see in the area if you are a sea otter lover like myself! 

Asilomar Beach - Displaying a rocky coast line and sand dunes just west of Monterey.

Big Sur State Park, a drive south from Monterey on the PCH. You will find yourself saying "Wow!" every few minutes of your drive. Promise. 

Fisherman's Wharf is a great place to stop in San Francisco and listen to sea lion's barking at night.

Henry Cowell Redwood Park is a two mile loop about halfway between San Francisco and Monterey.

Take about fifteen breaths once you get outside of San Francisco and enjoy the natural beauty.
— Faith Johnson

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