California coast road trip on Instagram

Time for another Instagram Travel Thursday! This time I want to take you with us down the California Coast, all the way from the foggy San Francisco to the sunny San Diego near the Mexican border. Welcome to the ride!

We started our trip about two weeks ago in San Francisco. We wandered around the town on the foggy mornings, almost all by ourselves, and enjoyed some sunny days on the Bay.

foggy morning for pictures

Pier 3 sea lions

Embarcadero shrouded in fog

Privately Owned Public Open Spaces

Colorful Chinatown

View over San Francisco

View over North Beach to Coit tower.From a parking garage!

Golden Gate at the background

Nice sunny day in San Francisco

The Bridge


We got our rental car and drove down to the Surf City of Santa Cruz. We met some adorable sea lions and witnessed a spectacular sunset. The beach cliffs were a perfect spot for an afternoon stroll and some surfer watching.

sea lions, Santa Cruz, California

West Cliff, Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz, California

sunset, Santa Cruz, California


Leaving Santa Cruz we stopped by at another beach for soaking in the view and getting some great pictures.

Santa Cruz, California

beach cliffs, Santa Cruz, California


In Monterey the sea creatures of the Monterey Bay Aquarium mesmerized us for hours.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, California


Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) through the wild Big Sur area, we found some fascinating State Parks with sea lions and empty beaches, and a magical sight of mist creeping in from the sea.

Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmen, California

Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur, highway 1, California

mist, highway 1, California


Our motel in San Simeon was aptly named the Seabreeze Inn. This is the view from our window! There was also a little path following the cliffs and a great spot for catching sunsets.

Sea Breeze Inn, San Simeon, California

Path, San Simeon, highway 1, California

Sunset, San Simeon, highway 1, California

San Simeon, highway 1, California

Beach, San Simeon, highway 1, California


The Hearst Castle was an example of abundance, but weirdly homey at the same time.

Hearst Castle, highway 1, California

statue, Hearst Castle, highway 1, California


Near the castle we found hundreds of sea elephants just hanging around.

sea elephants, highway 1, San Simeon, California


We spent two nights in Morro Bay, famous for the Morro Rock, seen here on the background. A quaint, peaceful town.

Morro Rock, Morro Bay, California


In the fairytale town of Solvang we got bicycles from our hotel and visited some nearby vineyards for some wine tasting. Perfect activity for a sunny afternoon!

Solvang, California

Buttonwood Winery, Solvang, California

Rideau Vineyard, Solvang, California


Solvang really seemed unreal. I was assured, that there are real people living their everyday lifes here.

Solvang, California


Next stop, Los Angeles! Santa Monica beach welcomed us with the pastel colors of just before sunset.

Santa Monica, LA, California

Santa Monica pier,  LA, California

roller coaster, Santa Monica, LA, California

Santa Monica, LA, California


At the Griffith Observatorium we watched the day turned first yellow and then red, and slowly into darkness with the city lights sparkling around.

Griffith Observatory, LA, California


Finally, our coast road trip took us to San Diego. From what I’ve seen so far, I want to come back here and spent a month or two!

Balboa park, San Diego, California


This is where I’m writing this post. At the balcony of the house we are renting an Airbnb room from. Life is good.

Digital nomad office, San Diego, California

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This post is part of Instagram Travel Thursday and all the pics are from our Instagram account. Instagram Travel Thursday is a monthly gathering of Instagram related blog posts. You can find a list of other participating posts, or add your own post, at House of Anais, Hines Sight or at many other hosts’ sites.

Antti and Mirje

We are Mirje and Antti, a 30+ digital nomad couple, entrepreneurs with restless feet and passion for experiencing the world. more »