The coast of California: a magnificent seven

The Pacific Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles is one of the most scenic drives on the planet, a natural challenger to such famous jaw-droppers as Australia’s Great Ocean Drive between Adelaide and Melbourne, the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies and the Amalfi Coast of Italy. Here are just seven of its pageant of wonders…

Big Sur

Big Sur

The Big Sur is the visual peak, the stretch of highway that weaves, ducks and dives between the mountains of the Los Padres National Forest and the ocean swells and surf. You’ll pass above spectacular coves, beaches and promontories on the three hour or so drive (but you’ll need to allow time for stopping to gawp from the various viewpoints).

Hearst Castle

The hilltop retreat of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst is a Disney-esque palace of an estate filled with his personal collection of priceless treasures. Book a two hour tour of .………………… go on reading  at source :

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