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Top 10 List of Things to See on Highway One in California

November 20, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Road trip on Highway One in CaliforniaExplore the West Coast the best way possible with a ride up Highway One in California! Whether you’re in it for the beaches along Highway 1 or just the beautiful drive, this is one road trip you have to add to your bucket list!

10 Things to See on Your Highway One California Road Trip

  1. San Diego
    Enjoy your time in San Diego exploring the sunny city. From the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo to the amazing nightlife in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego is full of fun just waiting to be discovered.
  2. Huntington Beach
    This classic beach town will leave you wanting to relax by the water all day long. Whether you want to bicycle down the oceanfront paths, catch a few waves, or just soak in the rays, you’ll have a wonderful time visiting Huntington Beach.
  3. Los Angeles
    California’s largest city, also known as The City of Angels, is constantly bustling with tons of things to do. From the famous Santa Monica Pier to Pink’s Hot Dogs, Los Angeles has a little something for everyone.
  4. Santa Barbara
    This city is a must-see for its beautiful architecture. With inspiration from Spanish architecture, Santa Barbara is more than just a pretty sight.
  5. Santa Ynez Wine Country
    This is a must-see stop on your Highway 1 scenic drive. Who doesn’t love Wine Country? It’s time to slow down, relax, and enjoy with a nice glass of merlot, or other wine of your choosing. There are plenty of wineries to visit, including Sunstone Winery, which features a neat wine cave.
  6. Hearst Castle
    What’s a road trip without visiting a castle? This 165-room, 127-acre plot of land is a must see. From the gorgeous architecture to the gardens, fountains, and pools, you must add this to your things to do on Highway 1 bucket list.
  7. Big Sur
    Where the redwoods meet the ocean is an absolutely breathtaking sight. Travel along this 90-mile stretch of coastline with plenty to see along the way such as Bixby Bridge and McWay Falls.
  8. Monterey & Carmel
    From the well-known Monterey Bay Aquarium to The Carmel Mission, there is nothing but beauty in these Northern California towns. Rent bikes and explore the artsy town of Carmel-by-the-Sea or check out the aquarium’s bat-ray petting tank, no matter what you decide to do, you’re guaranteed to have a great time visiting these towns.  
  9. San Francisco
    This trip is not complete without a visit to beautiful San Francisco, CA. From the Golden Gate Bridge to their iconic downtown home architecture, this is another city full of hustle and bustle.
  10. Half Moon Bay
    Step away from the busy city and don’t forget to visit the quaint little town of Half Moon Bay. Besides the beautiful beaches and trails, Half Moon Bay is home to the Mill Rose Inn. Make a point to stop by and spend a day or two enjoying this gorgeous inn in our one-of-a-kind town. From downtown to amazing restaurants, Half Moon Bay will leave you wanting to come back again. For more information on our wonderful city, download our free Vacation Guide. We can’t wait to book your stay with us during your Highway One road trip!


A Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip is a Once in a Lifetime Experience!

February 5, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

Pacific Coast Highway road trip


The California Pacific Coast Highway has long been reputed as one of the most scenic drives, or rides, in the whole United States. Stretching from the Northern California border with Oregon down to San Diego, there are few routes more beautiful and, at times, frightening. Hugging the coastal cliffs that are often blanketed in fog, the drive can sometimes be unnerving, but worth it for every corner you swing around only to have a new breathtaking view down the coast, so similar yet so unlike the one that came before it. Whether you head from north to south or vice versa here are some places to see on your Pacific Coast Highway road trip.

San Francisco

The northernmost big coastal city in the state, San Francisco is known as the City of Seven Hills, and can be quite the workout to walk around. That said there are so many great places throughout its beautiful neighborhoods that you don’t want to miss on your epic road trip. The Presidio, the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and the old cable cars are the typical places to visit. For something a little different, head to the mission and explore the more alternative part of the city with a visit to Tartine.

Half Moon Bay

Just down the coast from San Francisco, this quaint coastal town is home to the luxurious Mill Rose Inn, situated right downtown where you’ll find great shops and restaurants serving only the finest local California foods. Half Moon Bay is known for being the home of one of the world’s biggest surf contest, Mavericks, as well as its simple charm, quiet coastal life, and great places to hiking and biking.


Home to the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium, this coastal town was inspiration for many of John Steinbeck’s books. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a great place for a hike, or explore the old Cannery Row, the scenic 17 Mile Drive or head over to the neighboring village Carmel-by-the-Sea to do some shopping.

Big Sur

One of the most famous National Parks in the country, Big Sur has earned its name. Home to one of the tallest single span bridges in the world, the Bixby Bridge, it is full of numerous photographic opportunities. This rural mountain community is full of great little hippy hangouts like the hot spring pools.

San Simeon

This sleepy little coastal town is a great resting place as well as home to Moonstone Beach and the Pidras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, and Cambria Village. The most famous sight in the area is the Enchanted Hill, which is home to the famous Hearst Castle, a 250,000 acre mansion.


Don’t forget to pack lots of snacks for your Pacific Coast Highway road trip, along with great tunes, maps, and a list of great car games to play. Be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn for your stop through Half Moon Bay. This trip down the California Coast is an experience like nothing else, and is absolutely worth considering the next time you are planning a vacation.