My Road Trip: California State Route 1

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Driving along the California Pacific Coast Highway was perhaps one of the best experiences my family and I did together. It’s by far one of the greatest road trips in the world…, and my son LOVED every minute of it as well. He did amazing and I truly couldn’t be more blessed to share these precious memories with my family…


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Over the past ten years, I was very lucky to have the opportunity to visit many of the towns and city’s along the Golden Coast. My husband is originally from California so, we enjoy going back to visit family and friends. But it wasn’t until this summer that we did the full road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco following Highway 1 coastal route the whole way with our 4 year old son.

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 Words cannot describe how awestruck we were driving through big metropolitan cities, such as Los Angeles to tiny coastal towns, like Pismo Beach. The further we drove the more scenery changes we were able to experience: Gliding through redwood forests, major wine regions, marine wildlife, Spanish colonial sights, outdoor adventure opportunities, state parks, and even Hearst Castle. Not to mention the wonderful scenic views that will have you pulling off for impromptu ogling and photo ops all along the Pacific Coast Highway!

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We stopped several times along the way because let’s face it: Who can really say “No” to these scenic views? They are breathtaking! We also stayed one night at Pismo Beach along our way to San Francisco, and even though, the beach was a bit colder than it was down in SCal — we enjoyed it nonetheless!

As always, thanks so much for reading & have a wonderful weekend! I cannot wait to catch-up with you all too!

Much love.





  1. Jessica T.
    July 21, 2016 / 4:27 PM

    These pictures are amazing, Vanessa! So glad you and your family are having such a great vacation! Now all you need to do is to move to SCal! xx

  2. Tamara
    July 21, 2016 / 8:02 PM

    Isn’t California scenery the best?! I happy to see your took full advantage of your time in Cali!


    Tamara –

  3. July 22, 2016 / 1:26 AM

    I drove all the way through for 21 days, and i spent the holidays of a lifetime!!! Strongly suggested for honeymoon, i bet your other half will be very pleasantly surprised and this amazing road trip will even further make your love life more passionate !!!

  4. July 22, 2016 / 5:12 AM

    Great pictures Vanessa. Looks like you had a fab time. The pictures speak a thousand words.

    Mich x

  5. Kelsey&Kenecha
    July 22, 2016 / 9:22 AM

    You look beautiful. The scenery looks amazing x


  6. July 22, 2016 / 9:47 AM

    Looks like you had such a great time, All these pictures are just perfect! I cant wait to see all the rest.

  7. July 22, 2016 / 10:20 AM

    Wow, I had no idea that California had such scenic views like this, even more of a reason for me to visit with my family someday! Your son is going to be so cultured and well rounded because you and your husband are exposing him to such diversity at such a young age, which I feel is so important! It really instils in them a true love and appreciation of the world and all the beauty there is around! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you continue to enjoy your time spent with the family!



  8. July 22, 2016 / 10:48 AM

    These pictures are amazing, dear V.! I loved the first picture! I also loved the other ones, with places of exceptional beauty! I am sure that was a great road trip, one to remember forever, shared with your husband and son! I hope you go there many more times – I am sure you will! And I hope you have a great weekend now, wherever you are! Hugs and kisses!

  9. July 22, 2016 / 11:38 AM

    Amazing , this must have been a great trip for you and your family ,driving down . I would love to see the Spanish colonial sights and ofcourse take pictures as well. I’ve been travelling around Europe my self for the past week now mostly by air and train but nothing beats a long drive that allows you to stop and see other place you drive past ,especially when you’re not the one driving …haha . I love your outfit here ,and wishing you a great weekend dear !

  10. July 22, 2016 / 12:16 PM

    This road trips seemed to be so nice! Plus these moments with family are just the best! Can’t wait to read more about!

  11. July 22, 2016 / 1:45 PM

    I can only imagine how scenic this drive was! Definitely on my list of things to do as soon as I am well! Sounds like Cali is treating you well! Have a great weekend beautiful!

  12. July 22, 2016 / 3:08 PM

    Traveling around the American West Coast was definitively one of my favorite holidays ever! I love your recap – it makes me wanna go back so badly 🙂
    Happy weekend <3 xx, Carmen –

  13. July 22, 2016 / 3:52 PM

    Gosh, isn’t California just amazing? Love all of the views! You look gorgeous, as usual!

  14. Andrea Nine
    July 22, 2016 / 7:20 PM

    Ahhhh indeed breathtaking…just like you!!! I’ve always wanted to do that drive, so happy Kingston loved it too!! Welcome home beautiful, oh my it’s a hot one, stay cool!!

  15. July 22, 2016 / 9:24 PM

    I did that trip a last year and loved it too! Hearst castle was amazing, and I was really fascinated by the Morro Rock. I’m glad you had fun in California!

  16. July 23, 2016 / 1:26 AM

    Fabulous photos, Vanessa! I’ve always wanted to make the trip from SF to Los Angeles! I’m so glad it was such a great experience for you and your family!

  17. Ivona
    July 23, 2016 / 6:12 AM

    It looks so beautiful. I’ve heard it’s a must when in California and I hope I get the chance to visit and do it someday! Thanks for sharing!

    Ivona from

  18. July 23, 2016 / 6:20 AM

    Stunning and so scenic! I’ve always wanted to do this drive after seeing an old Julia Roberts movie filmed in Mendocino. What a fantastic trip, you look so cool in this top Vanessa! Can’t wait to hear more

  19. July 23, 2016 / 7:46 AM

    Oh yes, who could ever say ‘No’ to the beautiful beaches of California? I haven’t been on a road trip for ages, but all the sights you see on the road is amazing <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  20. Bianca
    July 23, 2016 / 8:29 AM

    Amazing pics Vanessa, I really loved 😉
    Great post!
    – Bianca Unhas

  21. July 23, 2016 / 3:23 PM

    Un viaje que me encantaría realizar Es precioso. Besos y feliz fin de semana.

  22. July 23, 2016 / 3:24 PM

    Nice pictures! Enjoy your vacation!

  23. July 23, 2016 / 6:00 PM

    Beautiful photos! My hubby and I just did that a couple of months ago, but only for 2-3 hours. It’s gorgeous!


  24. July 23, 2016 / 8:21 PM

    I’ve always wanted to do this trip and now after seeing your beautiful photos I want to do it even more! And, of course, you look amazing, as always!

    Bella Pummarola

  25. July 23, 2016 / 11:08 PM

    This outfit is the best Vanessa! Bodysuit + denim shorts + bandana = absolute perfection.

  26. July 24, 2016 / 1:23 AM

    Wow, these views are amazing! I’m so glad you and your family are enjoying your trip 🙂 A road trip is such a great way to get in quality family time. I’m sure these are memories your son will have for a lifetime. And you look amazing!
    Enjoy your weekend!

    xo, Jackie

  27. July 24, 2016 / 10:27 AM

    That sounds amazing! I’ve always wanted to take that road trip. I’m sure it was even more gorgeous in person than it already is in these images. So scenic and wonderful!


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  28. July 24, 2016 / 5:06 PM

    These photos are amazing! You look absolutely gorgeous. I’m so glad you had a great time in California, and made great memories! This post was wonderful to read.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  29. July 24, 2016 / 7:38 PM

    These are beautiful photos, Vanessa. California is such a stunning state & it’s always nice to explore the road less traveled. :]

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