If you and your sweetheart are looking for a romantic getaway, scrap the all-inclusive trip to Sandals Jamaica and plan a road trip instead! Hitting the road will allow you to spend time together, make memories trying new things, and yes, even if you get lost looking for that unmarked turn-off to the perfect beach, you and your partner will be able to forge stronger bonds as you navigate the unexpected detours of taking a road trip. But, if you cruise out to Big Sur on the California coast, you'll probably be so mesmerized by the stunning scenery and relaxing vibes that all of your worries will seem miles away!
If you and your S.O. like to think of yourselves as royalty, Hearst Castle is a great first stop on your road trip. The castle is an architectural masterpiece that was the home of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. It is now home to a museum, formal gardens, and beautiful reflecting pools. The castle offers 7 different tour options, from a tour of the Grand Rooms to a special art tour.
The castle is located only four hours' drive from both San Francisco and Los Angeles, and tickets start at $25 for adults ($10 for children).
Towering above Big Sur River Gorge lies Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground, the most romantic site to camp out on your trip. The campsite offers 184 sites for RVs, trailers, and tents, and even offers free Wifi.
The campground is one of the most popular in the area, due to its natural beauty and convenient location, so sites can get filled up over 7 months in advance. Make sure to reserve your site well in advance... but it'll be worth it once you catch a glimpse of those views!
Known as a "mini Yosemite", Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park will provide endless adventure and enviable Instagrams. The park is located on the western side of the Santa Lucia Mountains, and allows a glimpse at the well-known Big Sur region, home to some of America's most beautiful views.
The park has a variety of flora and fauna, including towering redwoods, colorful wildflowers, lush ferns, and even bobcats. Visitors can experience the wildlife and the amazing view firsthand on one of the park's many hiking trails. Entry to the park is $10 per day (per vehicle).
Located at Big Sur on Pfeiffer Beach is the ethereal Sun Portal. This natural sea arch allows a stream of light to flow through during the months of December and January each year. This spot is a photographer's dream, with many making the trek to take the perfect shot of this natural wonder. It's just as pretty any other time of the year as well, and a bit less crowded, too!
For those that have never been to Pfeiffer Beach, it can be difficult to find. The park lies off of Sycamore Canyon Road, which is completely unmarked. The trick to finding the access street is to find the only paved and ungated road between the Big Sur post office and the entrance to the park. Once you follow the road, you will find a parking area and then the access point to the portal!
Home to the only public light station in California, Point Sur State Historic Park is a great testament to our nation's history, as well as a beautiful view of the coast. The station was originally home to the Point Sur Naval Facility, which tracked the movement of Soviet submarines using sound surveillance technology. If you're interested in learning more, they offer an interactive guided tour of the park for only $12 per person ($5 for kids).
The park is now home to a beautiful lookout point, 361 feet above the surf. It is located right along Highway 1, so it is a beautiful place to stop for a quick detour and take some pictures.
Known as a national icon, Bixby Canyon Bridge is another must-see on your Big Sur adventure. The bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks on the West Coast and has been featured in many movies and television shows. The bridge was built in 1932 to connect local residents, who were otherwise cut off during the wintertime, to the main road. The views from either end and from the bridge itself are beyond description... you just have to experience them for yourself!
Combining Italian, French, and Californian cuisines, Montrio Bistro is a romantic spot for a meal on your trip. The Bistro is located just minutes from three separate beaches (Pebble, Carmel & Pacific Grove) and it holds a whole heap of awards. The head chef makes sure to only use local ingredients and sustainable seafood. A relaxing meal here is a great way to sit and reflect about your trip of a lifetime!
With beautiful wildlife and coastal views galore, a road trip through Big Sur is a great way to spend quality time with your S.O. without breaking the bank. Whatever style of RV you and your sweetheart want, Thor Industries has something that can make your romantic RV trip extra special.
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