Pacific Coast Highway runs along the California coast, and is a spectacular drive. It’s dotted with beaches, snazzy cars, even snazzier homes, and a million places to stop and eat or entertain your family. There’s even a State Park you can visit to make you feel better about yourself after you commit the deadly sins of gluttony, envy and sloth while traveling this road.
My husband and I thought we were very cool in our rental car, a Chrysler Sebring convertible, until every other car on the road was a Jag. Ah-h well, I still recommend the convertible. It was perfect for California in June.
Yes, sadly, we did visit the Richard Milhouse Nixon Presidential Library. We are, indeed, as lame as our kids think we are.
Seriously, though, I love presidential libraries. This one especially is from an incredibly interesting time period. From the Kennedy years, to the Viet Nam War, right on through the Space Race.
If you’ve never visited a presidential library, put it on your list. If your kids are over 12, put them on the list, too. Even if they don’t like it, you’ll know it’s good for them:)
Huntington Beach is known as Surf City USA, and is where The Beach Boys became famous. Knowing this fact is another way you can prove your coolness to your kids, not unlike visiting the Nixon Library.
Huntington Beach is also known as Dog Town, because of it’s pet friendly atmosphere. Dog Beach is a one mile stretch of beach where dogs are welcome, and is known to be one of the cleanest beaches along the California coast.
Oceanside is the home of Camp Pendleton, a marine corps base. If you visit the beach, you will notice lots of young men in great shape with buzz cuts. You will never feel safer at any beach, and this time your 17 year old daughter actually WILL be grateful.
There’s also a really cute little restaurant at the very end of the pier called Ruby’s Diner. We had lunch there, and it was like an old fashion forties diner right in the middle of the ocean.
There is so much more to say about the drive along Pacific Coast Highway, but alas, something has decided to get funky on the blog. So, I’ll stop here and revisit PCH another day. If you visit California, it’s certainly worth a valuable day of your vacation time. Good Vibrations to you in your travels:)