My family and I have come back from the most awesome, fun filled and amazing road trip in California, the incredible #rammzepicroadtrip. I remember looking out the window while on the road and thinking what a brilliant time we are having and I wanted to pinch myself to make sure it was all real and I wasn’t dreaming. It wasn’t all smooth-going all the way, and that was the beauty of it. Our holiday had all the ingredients of a perfect family road trip: lots of laughing out loud, sunny and warm temperatures, lots of highs, some down time, a bit of stressing followed by warm hugs, some scream-with-excitement moments, a decent number of lie-ins, late nights and good food. My husband PJ called it the ‘bestest family holiday!’and I tend to agree.
We came back from the US with big smiles on our faces and memories of a lifetime. Even today, I find myself just smiling from remembering something that made us laugh or a song would come on the radio and I would be back on the road again in California… That’s how great it was.
Why not California! There are very few places where you are pretty much guaranteed sunshine right throughout the year. Sunshine was just the thing we needed and it made California a easy choice, even in March/April.
I did all the planning myself (as opposed to get a travel agent on board) and I can easily see myself doing this trip again with some adjustments to the itinerary. The beauty of this itinerary is it can be as long and short as I want it to be.
Just a few things that I was always mindful of:
- Not be in the car for more than three hours at a time.
- Compromise of things to do – there needs to be a healthy mixture of things for the adults and things for the prescholer.
- Always take the most scenic route and stop as often as necessary for some ooh-ing and aah-ing.
- Go with the flow – the itinerary is not cast in stone.
- Chill out and have fun.
Our California road trip itinerary
We landed in San Francisco and drove south on the US1 highway to Los Angeles. This is the most scenic route that goes through the Big Sur and an alternative to the quicker US101 (see above).
We spent three nights in San Francisco, one night in Monterey, past Carmel-by-the-Sea and drove through the Big Sur, one night in Pismo Beach, two nights in Santa Barbara and three nights in Los Angeles.
The #rammzepicroadtrip is the most fun we have had in a long time and I can’t wait to update the blog on what else we got up to!
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