2nd Honeymoon on the West Coast

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@McFadden:  There is so much to do on the west coast!

I-5 is going to run from the Canadian border to the Mexican border. It runs along the coast in San Diego, but goes inland in LA/Orange County and all the way north. The 101 will run along the coast from LA/OC all the way north. Both are a gorgeous drive.

How long of a trip are you thinking? Do you want to go inland, or prefer to stay along the coast?

Post # 4
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

San Francisco is one of the country’s best cities. Beautiful scenary, great museums and parks, fantastic restaurants, gorgeous neighborhoods to stroll through. Super romantic!


From there, go north for a relaxing drive through redwoord forests to Point Reyes for incredible hiking along the sea, quaint little towns, and the best seafood (BBQ oysters!).


Post # 5
6958 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@McFadden:  I live in Southern California and have driven the coast from LA to San Francisco several times. While you can do it in a day, there’s totally enough to do to make even that trip a 3 or 4 day. Add in San Diego to the south and go up to Seattle… you could have a pretty awesome road trip for a couple weeks. 

Some stops I’d personally make:

San Diego- Sea World, the gaslamp district, shopping in South Park… there’s tons to do.

LA area- Disneyland, Hollywood, Museums, Art…

Santa Barbara- great bed & breakfasts, wine tasting, shopping…

Solvang: Cute dutch town that’s totally kitchy but a fun day

Julia Pfiffer Falls- a quick stop to stretch your legs, there’s a short easy hiking trail that goes around a bluff where you can see a waterfall that hits the beach below.

Monterey- my favorite aquarium is there. More wine tasting. Great food. Lots of history. 

San Francisco- SO much to see here!

Sonoma- wine tasting & Bed & breakfasts.

Portland, Or- Great food, history, art, music

Seattle, WA- Pike’s Place, museums, gorgeous views.

Post # 6
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would recommend Santa Barbara ( and the local wine country), driving through Big Sur and hiking, and stopping in San Francisco for culture and fun. I really do not recommend the I-5, it is usually baking hot without much to see. Take the coastal route, it takes a bit longer but is one of the most beautiful drives in CA!

Farther north you can drive through the redwood forests and see some awesome sands dunes and coastal towns in southern Oregon before hitting Portland, which is a lot of fun.

Post # 7
1745 posts
Bumble bee

I’m hugely biased, but sonoma county and sf are awesome. Sonoma county? Redwoods, rivers, oak trees, wine, amazing food, and so on. Lots of spas and local places that are really fun. Safari West could be fun for a night, or at least a tour. Jack london state park is amazing. Hot air ballooning over wine country! They have wine bike tours as well. Redwood canopy tour?


I love where I live. SF is about an hour and there are endless activities there.

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