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Four of us are going to the Rose Bowl Parade. What are some sights?

We will also rent a car and travel Route 1 to San Francisco. What should we make sure we see on the way?
  • Veneta
     asked this on November 20, 2011 at 03:21 PM
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I can't speak to the Rose Bowl Parade side of things (though from what I understand, people recommend checking out the floats the night before), but my wife and I drove California Highway One the other way round from San Francisco a few years back. A few highlights:

- Santa Barbara: beautiful location, great beaches, albeit a bit pricey.
- San Luis Obispo: not a whole lot going on, but might be a fun place to party with all the students from the university here; there's hiking and swimming at Santa Margarita Lake County Park, plus some area vineyards round that might be worth checking out.
- Hearst Castle (not sure it's worth entrance fee, but pretty cool to see from the visitor center); don't miss the elephant-seal colony at nearby Piedras Blancas.
- Big Sur scenery -- stop for an awesome lunch with a view at Nepenthe, go hiking in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
- Carmel and the pretty beach here, though the town itself feels quite stuffy; stay in nearby Monterey or even up the road in Santa Cruz.

Enjoy, and take your time! Lots to see and do, so don't rush through it.
  • Alistair
     answered this on November 23, 2011 at 01:05 PM
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Along Route 1, stop in San Luis Obispo to see Bubble Gum Alley. It's kind of gross, but it makes from great photos. You can check out our Pacific Coast Highway Guide here:
  • Pieter
     answered this on November 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM
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