Trek America | Day 24: Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip

September 13, 2019 in travel, Trek America 2019

I have dreamt about doing this road trip on the Pacific Coast Highway for such a long time. It’s crazy that the day was finally here and I was doing it. It’s a shame it wasn’t sunny all day however I did get some good atmospheric shots with the clouds.

*On May 29th 2019, I travelled with Trek America on their Grand Trek tour for six weeks around the USA. We began in New York, travelling south to the West Coast, then North back to the East Coast. I am not affiliated with Trek America. Read all my Trek America posts here. *

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

I would definitely do this again in future, driving myself. However, I would need way more time because I would want to stop and get out every 2 seconds.

Pacific Coast Highway

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Our leader, Cat, was really good in the respect of allowing us to stop and said we could also request to pull over if we saw something cool. There wasn’t so much of this on the Southern side of the trip, however, we were in the middle of nowhere, so not as much to see.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Some of these places I don’t remember the names of unfortunately. However you can find good Pacific Coast Highway itineraries on google if you need some inspiration! My advice is not to over plan and just enjoy the views for yourself and find places along the way. There are loads of places that you can pull over and park your car.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

McWay Falls

This waterfall is an iconic view in Big Sur. To access this view you need to park at Julia Pfeiffer State Park and walk along the trail, around 0.5 miles. This is one of two waterfalls in California which empty directly into the ocean. I got really distracted when writing this post, researching about the house that was built here, if you enjoy history – have a read!

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Our first group picture on the second side of the tour! Thanks to Cat for going above and beyond, literally, to get the shot.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Bixby Creek Bridge

This was one of the highlight stops on the Pacific Coast Highway, that I had found before going. There was some roadworks going on and traffic down the opposite side of the road. Our leader managed to pull the van over and we quickly ran out to get our pictures of the bridge. I’m glad we didnt miss out, but would like to spend more time here if I return.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Garrapata State Park Beach

We made a brief lunch stop at Garrapata State Park. This was a really nice beach, there are trails here if you have more time to explore.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Lovers Point – Monterey

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

I said this a billion times on this trip but I genuinely was sat here thinking, this is my life right now, this is amazing. I would love to visit Monterey again and go to the Aquarium.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Walking the Golden Gate Bridge

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

After stopping at a fair few places in the morning & early afternoon, we still had a pretty long drive to make our way to San Francisco.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

If you visit San Francisco, I would highly recommend walking across the bridge. You get really great views of the city and to see the bridge so close and in real life is surreal.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Walking across in the evening, did make for some really beautiful sunset views. We were running behind schedule so we did have to leave quite quickly. You could definitely spend more time visiting the different viewpoints.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Mrs Doubtfire’s House

Of course we asked our leader to stop here! The house from Mrs Doubtfire is located at 2640 Steiner St, San Francisco.

The good thing about Trek America trips is that they aren’t all the same. If there is something you really want to do and your group agree, your leader will try their best to make it work into the itinerary.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

USA Hostel – San Francisco

The hostel in San Francisco, was okay. Not as good as the one in Nashville, I would say. We did find a cockroach in our room one night and our leader got someone who worked there to come in with a hoover. Other than that, it did the job just fine. There were separate individual showers and toilets, also, we had a sink in the room which was handy. One good thing about this hostel was there were plugs and lights in part of the bed. This made your space feel a little bit more enclosed.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

House of Nanking – San Francisco

We all went for dinner at House of Nanking, a Chinese restaurant. This place was busy! They had already arranged to bring out a variety of dishes – so we didnt need to order individually. This was great as we could all try a bit of everything.

TREK AMERICA | GRAND TREK | DAY 24: | PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROAD TRIP | SAN FRANCISCO - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

We spent the evening at the hostel, ready for a day of exploring San Francisco tomorrow.

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