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"Scenic Drive Along the Coast - Hwy 1" Day Trips Tip by MyHollyDay

Day Trips, San Francisco: 51 reviews and 103 photos

When I do not have time to go too far away, my most favorite way get a mini vacation would be taking a drive on this windy coastal highway. Both south and north bounds are very scenic. It passes through many lay back towns where you can taste home made breads, freshly picked fruits and vegetables, see local artwork, and enjoy a cup coffee in simple comfort. Just rent a car and start from San Francisco.

If you go south on hwy 1 for about 30 minutes there is Half Moon Bay. On the coastal side of hwy 1 is a bustling fishing town where you can get seafood and watch amateur fishers in action. On the inland side of hwy 1, there is a quaint strip of main street full of coffee shops, art and crafts, bakeries, and restaurants, all very characterically northern california small
***If you continue down on Hwy 1, you will reach Santa Cruz. From this town you can return via the route on my other Day Trip tip "Driving Hwy 35" to make it a loop back to San Francisco.

If you go north on hwy 1 for about 45 minutes, there is Stinson Beach. This town is less busy compared Half Moon Bay, less out of town visitors, having more of a local community feel to it.

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  • Updated Jun 3, 2007
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