It’s the Big Trip from the Big Country. You want a road trip? Try cruising through the nation that invented them.
And there’s only one state where you do it in the way it was meant to be done: California. So put the top down, put your sunglasses on, and ramp up the music. You’re heading for the Big Sur – 90 miles of the best sun-kissed Californian coastline.
Along the way, you’ll come across quaint towns, expansive vineyards, wilderness, extraordinary wildlife including whales, and spectacular American history.
The great thing about a road trip is you can tailor your itinerary to whatever you’re in the mood for. If it’s just you and you’re looking for historical heritage then the Olde Town in San Diego is your starting point. But if you’ve got the kids on the back seat, start off with LA: Hollywood, Sea World and Universal Studios will be on top of your list.
But there’s only one highlight of the trip: the drive to Cambria via the Big Sur, which is a stunning 90-mile stretch of coastline. Along the way you might see majestic grey whales, usually from December to April, migrating to Alaska with their new-borns by their side.
Driving on towards Santa Barbara you will be able to hit the American Riviera, which is known for its astonishing Moorish architecture, colourful history and exquisite beauty.
From there, head to Monterey, which has a rich history of seaside community life with its charming small town American scenery.
Ending up in San Francisco you can take epic photos of the Golden Gate Bridge and see the island-sited Alcatraz prison then taste the cuisine of one of the first Chinatowns established in the western world. Then, if you have time, you can drive over to Napa to taste some of the best American wines as a treat to round off the trip.