Driving down the West Side coastline is one of he most beautiful drives you can take if you're out here. I super super highly recommend it. Start off as far UP as you can in Northern California and make your way down to Monterey (skip the aquarium, it ain't no big deal). In Monterey, definitely go to the downtown, then take the 17 miles drive down to Carmel. Make sure to stop in Carmel by the Sea for all the little cafes and beach vibes. Just around the corner you will find Mission Carmel which is also worth the small entrance fee. After drive down on Highway 1 until you get to Big Sur and have a little drink or candlelit dinner at the scenic and stunning Nepenthe Bar Restaurant! All the photos of our road trip are below. Safe driving and take a camera!