California Coast Day 3: Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, & Pismo

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Coast of California Day 3: 17-Mile Drive, Carmel by the Sea, Big Sur, Pismo Beach

Happy Friday, Everyone! Welcome back to the California Coast road trip series. I only have three more posts to go after this one. Luckily, I have a few more trips planned this fall so the travel content won’t come to an end. Oh, and I also vlogged this entire trip, so you can expect that video once all of the blogs are written. The video is so fun to watch because it makes all of these posts come to life. And just like all of my other California Guides, there will be a giveaway!

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We woke up on day three, determined to make it a better day. After the break-in on day two, it had us shaken up and upset at the violation. When you’re on a once in a lifetime trip, it’s important to be able to put situations like that in the past and move forward to a more positive attitude. There was no way I was going to let that get me down when we had the most once in a lifetime type of day ahead of us.

17-MILE DRIVE

After driving through the town, we headed down to the 17-mile drive. This shouldn’t be a question of “should we” when you’re planning your trip. You do not want to miss out on this scenic drive. It’s your chance to learn a bit about history, see some wildlife, and drive through neighborhoods with homes that look like they are in Switzerland. The 17-mile drive was the perfect way to start our day. Pebble beach, 17-Miles Drive, Monterey, Highway One, Highway 1, Coast of California, Road Trip, California Coast, California Travel, Itinerary, Cali Coast Trip, Travel the Coast, Seals, Seal Beach, Travel Itinerary, Travel Blog, Pacific Highway
When you’re heading to the 17-mile drive, it’s best to enter at the Pacific Grove Gate. It’s a $10 entry fee, but you can get reimbursed for dining or shopping within Pebble Beach. I ended up buying my dad some pretty cool golf gear there since one of the most famous golf courses is along the 17-mile drive.

When you go through the gate, you’ll be handed a brochure that tells you all about the stops along the drive. There is parking for each spot, or if you wanted to make a day out of it, you could rent a bike and ride along the road.

SPANISH BAY

You’ll recognize it when you see all the stacks of pebbles. It’s called Spanish Bay because, in 1769, Spanish Explorers camped out there to find the Monterey Bay.
As you’re driving the 17-mile drive, you’ll see signs and turn-offs for each destination.

THE RESTLESS SEA

After taking photos at Spanish Bay, we arrived at the Restless Sea. It’s really cool because on the overlook they have telescopes for you to use. It’ll help you look out into the waters for all kinds of wildlife. This is the part of the drive where it’s the most turbulent and the waves crash into each other. If you want to step up your boomerang game, this is the spot! Pebble beach, 17-Miles Drive, Monterey, Highway One, Highway 1, Coast of California, Road Trip, California Coast, California Travel, Itinerary, Cali Coast Trip, Travel the Coast, Seals, Seal Beach, Travel Itinerary, Travel Blog, Pacific Highway
Point Joe was our next stop!

POINT JOE

As Spanish explorers were searching for Monterey, many of them mistook Point Joe as the entrance to Monterey Bay. That mistake caused many shipwrecks. The Point Joe gets its name because of a man named Joe who lived in a driftwood hut there. He used to sell trinkets to tourist. The debate is whether Joe was named for the Point, or the Point was named for Joe! I’ll let you decide 😊
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CHINA ROCK

In the late 1800s, this spot was once a small Chinese fishing village. If you look closely, you’ll be able to see cooking smoke caked onto the rocks from the early settlement a century ago.

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BIRD ROCK

If you want to see sea lions and seals, this is your chance! Oh, and I hope you’re not afraid of big fat squirrels because they’ll come right up to your feet. People feed them, so they’re harmless, but it’s a very strange experience. This spot is super loud because the rock is covered in belching sea lions, buzzing birds, and harbor seals. This is the best spot for sea lions to sunbath.

If you’re visiting between November through March, make sure to keep an eye out for migrating grey whales! 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
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Can you guess the name of our next stop by looking at the photo?

SEAL ROCK

The Seal Rock spot is a great area tucked away for picnics, tide pools, hikes, and a boardwalk that’ll lead you to a colorful Gingerbread House. If we weren’t on a timed schedule we would have done the hike. I’m taking note though because I know I’ll be back on this same route one day, and I’ll be exploring to the Gingerbread House. If you do visit, make sure to tag me in your photos of the Gingerbread House!
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If you’re looking for the perfect sunset point, Cypress point is it!

CYPRESS POINT LOOKOUT

This is the area where you’ll drive through a neighborhood populated with mansions! Some of these mansions look like they are out of a storybook! Many of them have been standing since the ’20s!

CROCKER GROVE FOREST

Crocker Grove is breathtaking. It’s a break from the scenic water views. You’ll drive past the largest and oldest Cypress trees in Monterey. This is one of the only two native Monterey Cypress forests in the world.
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LONE CYPRESS

It’s hard to believe that this Lone Cypress has been standing alone on this rocky pedestal overlooking the pacific ocean for the past 250 years. You’ll probably recognize it from the logo for Pebble Beach Resorts from the past 100 years.

GHOST TREES AT PESCADERO POINT

Right next to the Lone Cypress, you’ll be able to see the ghost trees at Pescadero Point. They really do look spooky and kind of remind me of trees you’d see from the Wizard of Oz Set.17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
Definitely get a brochure and check out all the stops along the drive. We missed a few and skipped out on some trails, but I’m sure they are so worth it! If you can dedicate an entire day to explore the 17-mile drive area, I highly recommend it.

PEBBLE BEACH VISITOR CENTER

We ended our drive at the Pebble Beach Visitor Center. We picked up a few snacks for the road, and read a bit more about the unique history. It’s the Golf Capitol of the world, so you know I had to get my dad a bunch of golf gear for fathers day! Pebble Beach is an amazing place, and they’ve done such a great job keeping it clean and fun for the 2 million tourists that travel there every year!

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Our next stop was Carmel by the Sea! It’s basically a village of fairy tale cottages.

CARMEL BY THE SEA

I was most excited to visit this charming town because of all the cute cottages and breathtaking water views. I told Kyle when I got home that I wanted to spend a week here! All of the charming restaurants and shopping areas had me wishing we had more time in a place like this. I think that was the toughest part of the road trip. We had a time frame, and seeing spots like this was a tease when we had to keep passing by. The good thing about it is that I’ll know where I’d like to spend my time the next time I’m on the coast. 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
After driving around the town, make sure to drive along Carmel Beach to Carmel Point. You’ll be able to see all the views of the crystal blue waters.

CARMEL BEACH

If you’re looking for parking, there are placing to park along the street by the beach and around the town. Carmel Beach is a popular surf spot, and it looks like the perfect place to have an afternoon picnic. 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
After driving along Carmel Beach, you’ll make your way to Carmel River State Beach.  

CARMEL RIVER STATE BEACH

This is a more secluded area. After a foggy morning doing the 17-mile drive, it was nice to see the clear skies.
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CALIFORNIA MARKET AT PACIFIC EDGE

The California Market at Pacific Edge is in the highlands area of Carmel. Who wouldn’t want to have lunch on an expansive 870-square-foot deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur Coast? California Market highlights fresh, organic, locally grown and raised ingredients to create the most delicious entres.

Because it was chilly outside on the deck, I ordered hot tea, and they gave us cozy blankets for our comfort. We both ended up ordering their Market Salad, which came with local greens, heirloom beets, shaved vegetables, red quinoa, avocado, pistachios, shallot vinaigrette, and we added crabmeat on top. The salad was delicious and a great way to end our time in Carmel by the Sea! 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
After leaving Carmel, we made our way across the Bixby Creek Bridge.

BIXBY CREEK BRIDGE

This is one of the most famous bridges you’ll see along the drive. It’s the bridge you see in the intro of Big Little Lies. It’s so scenic and, you’ll even have to pull off when you’re miles past it so you can see it from afar. The bridge was built in 1932 and is the longest concrete arch span on Highway one as well as the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world! 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
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SCENIC SPOTS ALONG HIGHWAY ONE

These pull off areas made it easier for knowing where the good spots to pull over were. You don’t have to do any research online before you drive down because you can plan on pulling over at all the stops along the way. It is worth it to get out of the car and look! You’ll have to be careful when it comes to crossing any roads or pulling off.

Caitlin is going to kill me for calling her out on this one (it’s in the video anyway), but towards the end of our day, we pulled off to look out, and instead of putting the car in drive, she put it in reverse. Yup, that was the scariest moment ever! I’m sure we went half a foot, but it felt like we were about to die. Notes for anyone renting a car, get familiar with its gears! 😂 Other than that, Caitlin was the BEST California Coast, driver. 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
These are the types of views that make the overlooks so worth it. Don’t get me wrong, the views from the road are breathtaking, but you get the entire picture when you step out of the car.  I took about 600 photos of the scenery on day three, so it was very hard choosing which ones to share! Make sure to keep all your cameras charged because you won’t be able to put it down. 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
We were blessed with the gorgeous weather as we made our way down to Big Sur! The fog in the sky made it look like purple clouds. 

NO CELL PHONE SERVICE

Something we didn’t plan for was the fact that we had no cell phone service from Carmel to Pismo Beach. We weren’t too worried about it since there were signs everywhere and as long as we stayed on highway one we knew we were on the right path, but it’s something to consider if you are traveling alone, or need your cell phone for any emergency purposes. Your best option would be to stop at the restaurants or gas stations to use a phone. On our way down to Big Sur, we stopped at Andrew Molera State Park for a quick bathroom break. This is a great hiking area, and so many hikers were gearing up when we got there.

ANDREW MOLERA STATE PARK

The Andrew Molera State Park is an excellent designated stop for camping near a secluded beach. I’m not into the whole camping in secluded area thing, but if you’re into that, this is your gem!
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If you look on top of the hill near the bridge, you’ll see a glasshouse. It’s called the Bixby House!

THE BIXBY HOUSE

It was so neat to see a home with the best views on top of the hill. At first, I thought it was some office building because of the location, but after looking it up, I learned that it was a unique home with the best real estate in California! 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast

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PFEIFFER BEACH

Pfeiffer Beach is known for purple sand, being extremely dog-friendly, and the perfect place to spend the day. There is a fee to drive down the narrow road to get to the beach, but it’s worth it! 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
Next stop was Big Sur River Inn for gas, late afternoon coffee, and treats! While we filled up the tank, we stopped into the old school bus outside the River Inn. You could order coffee drinks, pastries, ice cream, and more! I loved the idea of turning an old bus into a cute little cafe.

BIG SUR RIVER INN 

For bus stop coffee, it was pretty darn good! It’s also attached to a restaurant and inn if you’re looking for lodging or a cozy place to eat.
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PFEIFFER BIG SUR STATE PARK

We didn’t feel like we were in California anymore while walking through this area. 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
This picture does not do it justice. These trees were some of the most towering trees I’ve ever seen in my life!
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BIG CREEK BRIDGE

After the big Creek Bridge, the roads were winding and more secluded. We could feel the adrenaline rush kick in after leaving Big Sur. 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coastWe had about twenty miles to go before losing daylight. Going 20-miles on the winding roads took over an hour because of the speed limit. If you’re new to the road, you may notice cars speeding past you, or getting on your tail. Just pull over at the scenic points to let them pass by you. There’s no reason for you to speed up if you’re uncomfortable driving along the cliffs.
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By the time we made it to Hearst Castle, they had closed the gates.

We didn’t plan for how long the curvy roads would take us, so definitely do not listen to your google maps while planning out your trip along highway one. The roads you travel will be breathtaking, but be very time-consuming.

HEARST CASTLE

Hearst Castle will be on the list for next time!
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It was nice to see open land after clinging on by the cliff for the past three hours. Our adrenaline was rushing; we were tired, hungry, and ready to settle into the hotel for the night.  17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
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We made it to our hotel around 8:30 pm. We decided to stay at the Sandcastle Inn at Pismo Beach because it was right on the water, and looked like the perfect place to relax after a long day of traveling.

SANDCASTLE INN

The hotel has a cafe, oceanfront views with decks on each floor, and it’s in downtown in walking distance to everything. Just keep in mind that this beach down closes most of the restaurants around eight. We were surprised when we got there to find almost everything closed. 17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast17 mile drive, scenic spots, california coast, highway one, highway 1, pacific coast highway, road trip, west coast, california coast road trip, summer, Monterey, big sur, Carmel by the sea, pacific edge, where to eat, what to see, how to drive, pfieffer beach, state park, ocean, drive the coast, travel guide, itinerary, travel the coast
We ended up finding a spot that was open across the street.

SEA VENTURE RESTAURANT PISMO BEACH

We walked next door to Sea Venture restaurant to pick up food to go. We ordered salads with salmon and a big box of french fries on the side. We ended the night watching Mama Mia, and falling asleep within minutes.
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SCORPION BAY COFFEE

I loved their dark roast and regretted not grabbing two cups of it. We also picked up banana and oatmeal there to have before our trip to Malibu! I’m so excited to share my next Californa post with you! Caitlin and I had the opportunity to hang out with the animals at the Malibu Wine Safari! ♥️


GIVEAWAY: how to enter? #1 is the shirt! & #2 is the tote!

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QUESTIONS FOR YOU!

  1. What is the last state you road-tripped through?
  2. Who is your favorite person to travel with?
  3. Do you live in an area that is frequently traveled to?

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Comments

  • joe

    To be honest I have never been on a true road trip and after this travel series, I am DYING to!!!

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  • Kate

    Your blogs are gorgeous

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  • Hannah R

    These photos are all AMAZING. Oh. Em. Gee. I *need* to go to California now. We have always been on the fence about whether or not we feel like “big city” California is worth it, but this seems like the opposite of what we were afraid of! LOVE.

    The last road-trip we took was from Iowa to the Grand Canyon with stops in Colorado on the way out and back! It was not exciting driving, at all, but we LOVED the trip as a whole. Can you consider it a road trip when you only have one stop that’s exciting the whole way out? Haha. Oh well. We claim it.

    My favorite travel person is (cheesy, I know) my husband ♥ When you get along with someone well enough to marry them, I guess it makes for a pretty good traveling recipe! We have similar interests, and know how to solve issues without arguing (something my family and some friend-groups struggle with when we’ve been in a car together too long haha!)

    YES. Our little touristy town (especially during Tulip Time) has a lot of visitors! During Tulip Time our population is like tripled for a few days! How insane is that?? I still love Tulip Time. I guess I haven’t lived here long enough to hate it yet. I love walking around to see all the little stands that pop up, and that gives me another reason to pop into the local shops to see what deals they have going on for the festival as well!

    I would LOVE that t-shirt! How cute! I love the color, and the design is awesome as well!! It would be adorable with a fall skirt and boots, even! Adorable. ♥ So, #1!

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  • Amber

    #2 Love your road trip around Cali! I’ve always wanted to visit there. Your pics are beautiful❤️ My last adventure was traveling around Iceland and it was absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for sharing everything from your trip😊

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  • Mandi C.

    #1 is the prize I would love.

    I live in historic Fredericksburg just 40 miles outside of DC so we get a lot of tourists, but I love it because there are cool tourist things for me to do!

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  • Lauren

    I love traveling with my best friend Haley! We went to Disney in May and had a blast! #1 for the giveaway.

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  • Dayna

    The last state I traveled in was actually California! Route 1 road trip with my husband:-) I absolutely loved it. Seeing your pictures is like reliving the experience.

    #2 for the prize entry please 🙂

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  • Sarah

    I would love the shirt ! Last state I roadtripped through was New Mexico

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  • Brandy H.

    #1! The last road trip I went on was with my family- my hubby and 3 kiddos. We went to the Oregon Coast. Love it there! Depending on what part of the Or. Coast you go to it can get crowded. We get about 3 months of super nice weather so everyone has the same idea to head there while the sun is out!

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  • Ashley

    #2 for giveaway, please. My favorite person to travel with is my sweet hubby. 🙂 Speaking of which, I immediately thought of him when I got to the part about Pebble Beach! It’s a dream of his to play Pebble Beach!

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  • Heather

    I would like to win the t-shirt!
    1. My most recent road trip was through New Mexico and Texas, but in a few months I will being making your exact drive on my way to Vancouver, BC!
    2. I love long road trip with the bf!
    3. People travel to my city a lot for work, but definitely not for vacation.

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  • Katie

    These pictures are absolutely dreamy!!! They make me want to visit so bad!! <3

    The last state you road-tripped through was Connecticut to get to Maine and back! (which was a blast!!!) My fave travel buddy is my hubby and not too many people travel to where I live haha!

    XO, Katie | http://www.meshkomoments.com

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  • Jacqui

    What is the last state you road-tripped through? – Does Delaware count even though it’s only a state away? 🙂 If so, we just drove to Rehoboth Beach last month and it was awesome!

    Who is your favorite person to travel with? For sure my boyfriend Tim. He is the most fun but he is also the most patient and a great counterpart to my Type A tendencies 😉

    Do you live in an area that is frequently traveled to? Philadelphia, YES! (Ps. come visit!)

    #1 Please! 🙂

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  • Heather Jelinek

    I live in Richmond, VA! And I feel like Virginia is travelled through a lot! It’s such beautiful State with a lot to see and do! Especially Richmond! I use to live in South Dakota… and EVERYONE loved to come there and see Rushmore and Crazy Horse! I miss that state to! 🙂 #1

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I used to always travel through Richmond while visiting my brother in D.C.! Plus, I love VA because that’s where I was born 😊 I ALSO visited Rushmore and Crazy horse 😂

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  • Heather

    We lived in Kansas 2 months ago. We road tripped to Tennesse and decided to move here! Looking forward to more adventures. So far we’ve checked out a bbq shack we saw on the food network, witnessed the Memphis Peabody hotel ducks March in, and went to discovery park. I’d enjoy either prize but can’t pass up a cute tee #1

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  • Emily Ashton

    Hey Taralynn!
    The last state we roadtripped through was North Carolina! We went from Richmond, VA to Asheville, NC for the first time and stopped around Elon University for the night. It was such a gorgeous drive, and getting to explore Asheville was the icing on the cake!

    We are actually planning to roadtrip from Miami down the keys early september so this post is getting me excited!!

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  • Brittany

    Ahhh this post made me miss California so much, actually all of your California posts do! Love all of the pictures AND I definitely was thinking about BLL a little haha. As for my favorite travel partner, that’s a tough one! I love travelling with my fiance but I also love travelling with my girl friends… so it depends! However, when I head back to my school for a reunion in the future I may plan a California road trip since the fiance never did one!

    As for where I live, there are definitely a lot of tourists here in Portland. It is absolutely gorgeous here 🙂 The Oregon coast is also pretty I must say. Oh and our coffee? We have some good stuff 😉

    And definitely #1 for the giveaway 🙂 That t-shirt is so cute!!

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  • Lauren

    I love your photos!! How do you edit? Like which program do you use, and do you use presets? ❤️

    Reply to Lauren
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lauren! I created my own presets in lightroom 🙂 I do like to use saturation, sharpen, up the whites, up the blacks, and lower highlights!:D

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  • Christianne

    #1
    The last state I roadtripped through was Pennsylvania. It was so beautiful and green! It was a different kind of beauty than I am used to here in California.

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  • Kayla Morgan

    The last road trip I went on was from Seattle to San Francisco with my partner and younger sister (for sure my fav travel partners). Your photos were such a flashback just now. Coastal California is magic.

    PS, I’m pretty sure I saw you at the panthers game Friday!

    #1

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  • Milena Wojcieszek

    Hi Taralynn!

    I love your pictures from this day, especially because I’ve watched Big Little Lies and the scenery from the serie is breathtaking.

    #1
    I live in Barcelona and we have more and more toursits here every year. It’s interesting to see this change because when I moved here 5 years ago Barcelona was frequently visited of course, but now it’s crazy, how many people come, this year we bet a record.. Anyway, I think you would love my city because it has a lot of great coffee spots and healthy restaurants, it’s full of art and history and it’s also very, very dog-friendly!

    BTW I know I live too far to participate in the giveaway, I just wanted to answer and say hi to you.

    Have a nice day!

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  • Abbey

    I think this is your best travel blog everrrr!

    I live in Sonoma, so we have lots of tourists visiting here. Its fun, especially on the weekends because there are people from all over that are out having a good time.

    I’m totally going to take a drive from Sonoma to visit some of these places with my kids! I really want to take the hike to the Gingerbread House! Thanks for including all these awesome places and details!!

    Reply to Abbey
    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Abbey!

      Thank you so much 😊

      Sonoma sounds like a dream. I always see photos from Sonoma pop up on my Pinterest!

      I hope you do the drive with your kids. That’ll be so fun!!!

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  • David

    I think the point was named for Joe 🙂

    Wonderful photos…scrolling along with your trip was a wonderful way to spend half an hour!

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  • Courtney Haas

    Who is your favorite person to travel with? I love to travel with my friend Kortnee because we have the same interests (and she enjoys introducing us to people and seeing their reactions to us having the same name :P).

    #2 – The tote is adorable!

    It’s my plan to travel to all 50 states 🙂

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  • Brittany M.

    #2

    My favorite travel partners are my two kids and my hubby. We sing, listen to podcasts, and play games. We take frequent trips that are 3-4 hours from home, so they are used to being on the road and enjoy it!

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  • Mariana

    Your photographs are incredible! Absolutely loved this blog post.

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  • Natalie

    #1

    I live in South Dakota, so the west side of the state is a tourist spot, because of Mount Rushmore and the national parks!

    Omg your photos are gorgeous! I really enjoyed this post.

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  • Emily

    My husband is my favorite road trip partner. He’s truly my best friend and we always have a blast. Next trip for us is Ocean City, Maryland over Labor Day weekend. It’s drivable and since it’s off season, it’s inexpensive. It’s still so hot too, so it’s the perfect end of summer trip. We go every year and I always look forward to it!

    I’d love to win the reusable tote. I pretty much only shop at local farmers markets from May- November (my favorite one is open until thanksgiving!), so reusable totes are my best friend!

    I loved this California travel series, by the way!

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  • Laura

    #1.

    I live right near Philadelphia now but moved from Providence, RI. So I guess I do!

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  • Melanie

    My favorite person to travel with is my friend Kate! Our last road trip was through our home state of Mississippi. We visited the historic town of Natchez and visited a battlefield, a graveyard, and a plantation! We also ate dinner at the oldest tavern in town.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. It inspires me to take my own coastal drive!

    #2

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  • Valerie

    I love travelling with my mom. We travel the same! Like walking, like the same type of attractions, love coffee, and shopping.
    #1-👕

    I live in a tourist beach area- Clearwater Beach, Fl
    #2

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  • Ally Bousema

    1. The last state I road tripped through was Maine! It is stunning and so diverse between its coast and lakes.
    Prize #1

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  • Erin

    My last road trip that wasn’t in my state was when we were in France last year 🙂

    #1

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  • Liz

    #2

    I live in OC and lots of people travel here bc of Disneyland! And I used to live in San Diego which is always a popular travel destination 🙂

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  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    These pictures look amazing! What an incredible trip!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  • Stephany Porter

    #1

    I love traveling with my husband, we enjoy similar activities and love to just see the sights

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  • Ashton

    Our last road trip was to Monument Valley which is on the Utah/Arizona border. I travel with my husband, we love road tripping we are thinking about going to New Mexico next but I think we’ll fly so we can have more time there to explore the state. If you get a chance to go to Utah and visit the national parks I highly recommend it along with Monument Valley. We live in Seal Beach, CA so we have a lot of tourists but I would love to come and visit the south.

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  • Carol

    Love your trips, I like to travel with my husband best! I would love either prize!

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  • Megan

    3. Do you live in an area that is frequently traveled to? – I do! I live in Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest is known for it’s stunning coastal views and forest/mountain hikes just like the CA coast! I love it here 🙂

    #1 😉

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  • Kristi

    #1
    Oh my goodness, after reading your posts I need to plan a trip to California. Your pictures are incredible! What kind of camera do you have?

    1. The last state I road tripped through was Utah. We spent a few days in the St. George area. It was a quick trip but we did some hiking in Zion National Park. It was so beautiful. We are definitely going back when we can spend more time.
    2. I love traveling with my family- my husband & kids and we love traveling with my sister and her family. We have made a lot of great memories together over the years.
    3. Lol, we live in Nebraska so not a lot of people travel here. But, I love where we live- we have some of the most beautiful sunsets around.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Kristi!

      I hope you visit soon! 🙂 I use a couple of different cameras! I use my cell phone, my canon PowerShot, and my c5d canon mark iv 😀

      Utah is on my list! It looks so gorgeous and it’s always a tease when I fly into it!

      Love that you travel with your family!

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  • Elise

    #2
    To be honest I have never been on a true road trip and after this travel series I am DYING to!!! Love all the photos and places to eat, stay, visit! This is one of my favorite series on the blog! My favorite travel buddy is definitely my mom because we both enjoy nature, coffeeshops, and good/healthy food!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      YOU MUST!!!!!

      & you can’t go wrong with a mother-daughter road trip! 😀

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      • Alanah

        I road tripped through Utah on a hiking adventure with my boyfriend and had a blast! Our panic moment was almost getting a speeding ticket but the cop let us go with a warning, phew.

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          Ahhh that’s the worst! Our cop wasn’t as nice to my boyfriend and I when we were in Gatlinburg. We definitely got a ticket lol Going 45 in a 35 😔

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  • Alaina

    My favorite person to travel with is my husband ❤
    #1

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    So colourful! I’d love to road trip around Cali one day too! The last place I road tripped through wasn’t a state in the US, but Japan, in June! I had such a wonderful time! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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