7 mi. CARMEL It’s not a California family road trip
without at least one mission. Carmel’s boasts beautiful gardens, the state’s first stone church, Father
Junipero Serra’s living quarters and his grave, along
with those of many unnamed Native Americans.
158 mi. ARROYO GRANDE Unwind from all that
driving on the 171-foot-long swinging bridge, the last
of its kind in the state and only a block from the turn-
of-the-century village. arroyograndevillage.com
209 mi. SOLVANG
Take a slight detour to
town of half-timbered
buildings with windmills for aebleskiver
and other pastries.
244 mi. SANTA BARBARA Goggle at the western
lowland gorillas, koalas and other critters at the
Santa Barbara Zoo, or just enjoy sandy playtime
on the ample beach. sbzoo.org
367 mi. ANAHEIM You’ll need a night’s rest for a
day of animation at Disneyland Park and Disney
California Adventure Park. Pixar flicks provide
inspiration for this summer’s new multimedia
fireworks show and parade at the original theme
park and for the adventure park’s “Paint the Night”
parade, illuminated by more than 1 million LED
lights. The family daredevils will want to roll with
the roller coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm in nearby
Buena Park, including the Hang Time, billed as the
first “dive coaster,” with a vertical drop and five
inversions. Dripping but less daunting fun awaits
at adjacent Knott’s Soak City. disneyland.disney.
Memorial Park The
park in the Monterey
hills has 40 no-reservation campsites,
with showers and
toilets. From $30.
Malibu Creek State
Park An 8,000-
acre Santa Monica
in Calabasas with 63
and toilets. From $45.
Hofsas House Hotel
38 large, homey rooms
with heated pool, free
and parking. From $155.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Hotel The Buena Park
property has 320
cheery, recently remodeled rooms (some with
Snoopy theme), with free
shuttle to Disneyland.
From $109. knotts.com
Carmel Valley Ranch
A 500-acre all-ages
playground on Carmel’s
sunny side with pools,
kids’ activities and 139
suites. From $450.
Californian Hotel & Spa
Newly refurbished with
Disney imagery and
the 948-room resort
offers direct entrance
to the Anaheim park
and themed pools.
From $417. disneyland.
93 mi. GILROY Skip the shopping outlets and stop at Garlic
World for dried and fresh fruit
(as well as the stinky stuff), plus
the world’s longest garlic braid
and a big garlic bulb cutout for
silly photos. garlicworld.com
114 mi. CASTROVILLE Just
off 101, the Giant Artichoke
Restaurant boasts a 20-foot
artichoke outside its entrance;
inside, find treats such as
artichoke cupcakes and fried
artichoke hearts. 831.633.3501
130 mi. MONTEREY You’ll
need at least a half-day at the
Monterey Bay Aquarium to
feed sea otters and penguins in
between marveling at creatures
great (Great Pacific octopus) and
small (striped pyjama squid).
After ward, walk to dinner in
Pacific Grove or Cannery Row.
WHERE TO STAY
Mileage from Sausalito
Mileage from Monterey