Californian Road Trip Part 1: La to Lompoc

February 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Back in September, my sister and I went on an epic road trip that had been on our bucket lists for a long time! Our plan was to drive the Pacific Coast Highway from LA to San Francisco, then head in land to Yosemite, Death Valley, Vegas, Grand Canyon, and back to LA. This was all meant to squeeze in to 3 weeks - which is no mean feat! We flew into LA and picked up the only car you can really do such a road trip in - a beautiful new Mustang. Thanks to jet lag, on our first morning we woke up at about 4am, so were up and ready to get out to explore by 5! We had the pleasure of driving through LA in the early hours, seeing the city wake up as we made our way up to the Hollywood Hills and the Griffith Observatory for sunrise - totally the best way to start the holiday! 

By the time we were done at the Observatory, it was still only early, so we headed to Hollywood Boulevard for the Walk of Fame, and for our first American meal - a huge pile of pancakes, obviously. Back in the Mustang, we drove through Beverly Hills on to beautiful Santa Monica where we explored the beach and pier. 

We tried to see Venice Beach but after nearly an hour (no joke) of trying to park we gave up and headed further down the coast to Hermosa Beach. I LOVED this place! Such a chilled and welcoming vibe. We ended up having a sunset walk along the beach, followed by a thai - perfect day. 

Our second day in California was the actual start of our epic road trip. We took the 101 out of LA, through Malibu (with a stop of at a nature reserve) and up towards Santa Barbara. It was unfortunate the mist that day was so bad - walking out the pier to Santa Barbara we could barely see the mainland! Lovely little town though and it was super exciting to finally be out on the road. 


That same day we carried on from Santa Barbara and headed slightly inland to see Solvang, a Danish town. By this point the temperature had crept up to a whopping 41C! After a quick look around the town, we hit the road again towards Lompoc, where we were staying for the night. It was quite a small town but I loved it, mainly down to it's famous murals and flower fields. The flower fields are a must see, they were beautiful! The large dark cloud you can see in the background is actually from a huge wildfire nearby - we watched helicopters flying out carrying water throughout the evening. 


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