Highway 1 Road Trip Stops in Northern CA
Davenport is a Highway 1 road trip must-stop during the summer.
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Shark Fin Cove in Davenport is a short hike to relaxing beaches & cave exploring.
Pescadero deserves at least a day on your road trip, there is so much to do in this small town!
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Highlights include visiting Pigeon Point Lighthouse and checking out various farm stands & stores.
Activities in Half Moon Bay are seasonal, but there is always something to do!
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If you visit during the late summer, you can pick sunflowers at the Andreotti Family Farm.
Big Sur is famous for the Bixby Creek Bridge, which is worth driving over for the view.
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If you choose to stay the night in Big Sur there are plenty of options including glamping & camping.
No Northern California road trip guide is complete without the inclusion of San Francisco!
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I recommend exploring a neighborhood off the beaten path from tourist sites, like Bernal Heights.
Point Reyes is perfect for hiking and backpacking, plus photo ops like the Cypress Tree Tunnel.
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The Point Reyes Shipwreck is also a unique photo spot to visit on the cape.
On the way to Monterey is Carmel-by-the-Sea, a historic town with a quaint downtown & great beaches.
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Skip downtown Santa Cruz and check out colorfull Capitola.
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I recommend picking up coffee at Verve Coffee Roasters & walking along the cliffs.
Point Arena is a great road trip stop for coastal views and enjoy a locally sourced meal.
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You can also visit the B Bryan Preserve to see endangered animals including giraffes and zebras.
Fort Bragg offers a variety of beaches plus a vibrant shopping scene for souvenirs.
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Bodega Bay is a sleepy beach town that has maintained a lot of vintage charm in its buildings.
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