Our Favorite Road Trip Itineraries: SF to LA, The Scenic Route

7:30 a.m.- Pick up pastries and coffee at Tartine Bakery, hands down one of the best bakeries in the country.

8:00 a.m.- Drive South on Guerrero, continue onto San Jose Ave, then merge onto I-280 South (the traffic is usually better than the 101) and in 4.8 miles take a slight right onto CA 1-S.Tip: This would be a good time to take a Dramamine if windy roads make you woozy.

8:30 am- Pull over at one of the overlooks on the side of the highway between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay and take in the incredible views. Then go check out the Half Moon Bay State Beach and watch the surfers.

By Margot Loren

9:00 a.m.- Get back on the road and continue heading south on CA-1.

10:00 a.m.- Stop in Santa Cruz for delicious brunch sandwiches at Cafe Delmarett. To get there take a slight right onto Mission St., turn right onto Laurel St., and turn left at Pacific Ave.

11:00 p.m.- From Santa Cruz, get back onto CA-1 S for 48 miles, then turn right on Point Lobos to check out some more natural beauty.

12:00 p.m.- Get your camera ready, because the scenery at Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel is breathtaking.

12:30 p.m.- Want more epic views? Stop just 11 miles south of Point Lobos and take in the grandeur of Bixby Bridge.

Sequoia Hughes, “Bixby bridge” June 26, 2009 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.

12:45 p.m.- Continue south on CA-1.

2:30 p.m.- Ever wondered what it would be like to be a billionaire? Go take a tour of Hearst Castle and pretend you’re royalty for an hour. It’s just off the CA-1 on Hearst Castle Rd.

Rie H, “Castle - 11” August 3rd, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.

3:30 p.m.- You can’t drive through California and not stop by at least one vineyard. Penman Springs Vineyard is one of our favorites. It’s a scenic family-run vineyard with great wine and tasty snacks. They also make their own olive oil! To get there, head south on the CA-1 for 12 miles, then take a left onto CA-46 E for 4 miles, turn right onto Union Rd, take the first left to stay on Union Rd, and then turn right onto Penman Springs Rd. Don’t forget to spit (not swallow) the wine if you’re driving!

6:00 p.m.- Continue 152 miles south on the CA-1 and stop in the beautiful and quaint Santa Barbara. Pick up some authentic and delicious tacos at one of the many taquerias in town (we recommend Lilly’s) and head to Hendry’s Beach to watch the sunset.

7:00 p.m.- Take the 101 S for two hours to get to LA.

8:00 p.m.- Welcome to the city of angels! This is the perfect time arrive in LA- you’ve skipped the crazy rush hour traffic and there’s still time to get dinner and go out.

Hector Sanchez, “Los Angeles Downtown area” March 16, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons