We all love an epic road trip, and as far as choosing the perfect destination, California is one of the most diverse states in the world. Byways and highways wind through dramatic scenery and connect some of the biggest cultural hubs in the United States.
But road trips aren’t ever about getting from point A to point B, they’re about the stop offs and itinerary you create inbetween. Whether you’re simply looking for some time to relax and recharge, or you want to embark on an adventure before you’re stuck behind a wheel for several hours, California has plenty of stop-offs to keep you entertained.
Once you’ve picked out a car hire and completed your ESTA registration, these are the stop-offs you need to be looking out for.
Great Stop-Off Points for a Road Trip Through California
If you’re a foodie but also want a relaxing break from driving, Pismo Beach is the place to be. Voted as the 5th best destination in California for foodies, you’ll be highly impressed by the seafood and clam chowder on offer here.
Just 3 hours away from LA and San Jose, this is the perfect stop-off for those who need that extra stop to recharge before embarking on the rest of their journey. Here, you can enjoy a spot of golf, or alternatively delve into some horse riding or scuba diving!
There is also plenty of sightseeing to be done at Pismo Beach if you want to truly dig under California’s skin.
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If stunning architecture is more your thing, make sure you include Hearst Castle in your Californian itinerary.
Hearst Castle brings the beauty of Rome to America, with the authentic architecture boasting all things Roman and cinematic history. The estate’s magnificent main house, “Casa Grande,” and three guest houses are of Mediterranean Revival style, while the imposing towers of Casa Grande were inspired by a Spanish cathedral.
The blending of the architectural style with the surrounding land, and Hearst’s superb European and Mediterranean art collection, was so seamless that world-renowned architectural historian, Lord John Julius Norwich, was moved to say that “Hearst Castle is a palace in every sense of the word.”
After you’ve spent time at the castle, if you’d like to sample some of California’s stunning nature, consider digging the rugged coastline and meeting a range of wildlife including elephant seals and birds.
Despite being a small destination with a mere population of 221 in 2010, Sierra City has a lot to offer. With the highly praised mountains and stunning natural gardens, a stop-off here will be well worth it.
If you’d like to experience some of the state’s history first-hand, we suggest visiting the Yuba River, along with other beautiful landscapes to immerse yourself into the Californian Gold Rush era.
If you’re tired of sitting behind the wheel on straight roads and are looking for a bit of adventure during your travels, this is the place to be – a hidden gem of California.
Are you a fan of abstract architecture and sculpt work? If so, Albany Bulb is the perfect place to stop.
While not as elegant as the above destinations, Albany Bulb is certainly a destination that you don’t want to drive by, as you can find some highly interesting artwork here.
Sitting on the east side of San Francisco Bay, this former landfill has now become a canvas for artists to express themselves, where talented locals will sculpt impressive pieces for your observation. You never know what you’ll find!
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