5 fantastic places to visit during a road trip through California

5 fantastic places to visit during a road trip through California

A road trip through California is one of the coolest trips I’ve ever made. The American state has an incredibly beautiful and varied climate, from Venice’s hot sun and sandy white beaches to San Francisco’s fresh (but pretty cold) winds. Here are five of my favourite places along the way.

5 fantastic places to visit during a road trip through California:

Venice Beach, Kalifornien.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach Boardwalk is not to be missed. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere while walking along the white sandy beaches.

Where to eat: Urth Caffé is a great breakfast stop either before or after you visit Venice. Order their speciality, green matcha latte, and don’t forget to try the delicious homemade organic oven-roasted granola.

Las Vegas, Nevada.

Las Vegas

I know Las Vegas is in Nevada and not in California, but to experience this city is worth a couple of extra hours in the car. Just driving through the desert is an adventure, not to mention when you get to see all the lights that illuminate Las Vegas by night.

Where to eat: Hakkasan Restaurant is an excellent evening spot for fine dim sum and exclusive cocktails.

Big Sur, Kalifornien.

Big Sur

Drive along Highway 1 and the Big Sur region that has some of the most dramatic views. A must!

Where to eat: Big Sur Bakery is a really popular bakery and restaurant. Be there early to grab some of their delicious pastries!

Pacific Grove, Kalifornien.

Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove is a cozy coastal town north of Big Sur. Stroll along the beach, have a spontaneous wine tasting or a tasty beer at Canery Row Brewing Company and indulge this beautiful idyllic place.

Where to eat: At Passionfish you will find tasty dishes with fresh, local ingredients selected from small sustainable farms and fisheries.

San Francisco, Kalifornien.

San Francisco

What is a road trip through Cali without a visit to San Francisco? Here you will find both city pulse and relaxation.

Where to eat: Click here to read about my favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner in San Fran.

San Francisco: Toppval för frukost, lunch och middag

Jag kom precis hem efter två veckors resande genom Kalifornien. San Francisco var ett av stoppen och jag föll pladask för denna spännande stad. Inte enbart för de historiska viktorianska husen, Golden Gate-bron, spårvagnarna eller den vackra hamnen. Med fler än 3000 restauranger erbjuder San Francisco också ett stort utbud av kvalitetsmat. Här nedan ser ni mina favoriter av de jag hann äta mig igenom under mina tre dygn i staden.

English: I just got home from two weeks of traveling through California. San Francisco was one of the stops and I immediately fell in love with this exciting city. Not only because of the historic Victorian houses, the Golden Gate bridge, the cable cars or the beautiful bay. With more than 3000 restaurants SF also offers a great variety of quality food. Here are some amazing places to eat:

490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco
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Trendy restaurant that offers Italian food in a lively atmosphere. A safe bet for mouth-watering pasta and pizza. Make a reservation in advance, because this place gets crowded in the evenings.

The Slanted Door
Where: Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building #3, San Francisco
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Modern Vietnamese cooking with high quality ingredients and sustainability in mind. Weather you like street food or complex entrees, this is the place to eat Vietnamese food in San Francisco. Also very popular among the locals.

Grilled sandwich with sopressata, fontina and broccoli rabe pesto at Tartine Bakery.

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco
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Whether you have a sweet tooth or love grilled sandwiches, you will like Tartine Bakery. Here you’ll find your new favourite pastries, cakes, tarts and bread.

Croissant sandwich with organic eggs, Provolone cheese, avocado and tomatoes at The Station.

The Station
Where: 596 Pacific Ave, San Francisco
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The Station focuses on local, fresh and organic ingredients and is a perfect place for breakfast. Don’t miss their croissant sandwich with organic eggs and Provolone cheese. Add some avocado and tomato to it, and you will have a very, very good start of the day.

Fisherman’s Wharf
Where: North Beach, the northern waterfront area of San Francisco
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Even though some would say that Fisherman’s Wharf is a tourist trap with seafood restaurants serving the exact same dishes (it kinda is), I would say: try it anyway! Especially the seafood stands have some really good items. Buy a lobster sandwich to-go and enjoy it while walking along the harbour.

Looking for a place to stay in San Francisco? I stayed at the historical and quite charming two star San Remo Hotel in North Beach. Great location and small but cosy rooms. All rooms share bathroom, and that worked out fine. Address: 2237 Mason Street, San Francisco.