During our trip through California we had to take a drive on the Pacific Coast Highway, we were up early and made our way to Hearst Castle, this is a national historic monument and was William Randolph Hearst’s estate. It was a fascinating place and very well organised. We had a booking for 10.30am and spent all morning and most of the afternoon exploring the grounds, it was so interesting, it’d definitely worth a visit.
We continued on the Highway and stopped off at San Simeon beach, which was a beautiful location although the weather was quite overcast. From there we headed towards Paso Robes and through all the vineyards, what a mistake we had a hire car so couldn’t try any of the delicious wines. The town was disappointing and nowhere near as nice as Los Olivos so didn’t stay for long back in the car.
Once again we hit the road back up the coast and Big Sur, unfortunately the weather hadn’t cleared up much so it was still overcast but the scenery made up for it! Big Sur is a iconic Californian location, we crossed Bixby Bridge still heading North, I think the views improved from South to North.Arrived in Monterey quite late and had trouble finding accommodation it being the weekend, but we eventually found a motel we could spent the night.