A visual log of reasons to visit California’s Central Coast

California Central Coast

If there’s one thing worth doing in California, it’s driving up along the Central Coast.

With the grandeur of the coast, it’s impossible not to appreciate the Golden State.

As much as I love writing blog posts, I find it incredibly challenging to describe in words why taking a trip along the Golden State’s Pacific Coast Highway up to Monterey is a wise investment. (I’ve actually sat here staring at the screen for more than half an hour.)

So, since that cliché saying claims that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” I’m letting the photos I took more accurately convey just how breathtaking the Central Coast is.

This particular trip was spread out over three days, and as a result, it felt a little rushed. Although you can’t do everything in such a short period of time, I went ahead and tried to jam pack a million things to do anyway. And naturally, a lot of things didn’t go as planned – there was an error with an accommodation (it turned out I booked two places for the same day), I didn’t get to spend as much time in Big Sur as I wanted, and I didn’t get to watch the sunset because it was cloudy.

But it’s hard to let those kinds of things get to you when you’re looking at views like this:

California Central Coast

In three days, places my boyfriend and I got to see included: Hearst Castle, Monterey, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Elephant Seal Rookery, Moonstone Beach, San Luis Obispo, Solvang, and Marina Park in Ventura.

As usual, I’m all about being frugal, so expenses were kept down mainly with the help of a $7-cooler from Ralph’s, about $62 in groceries (to minimize eating out) and staying at hostels.

Hearst Castle>>>

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