California’s Highway 1 is one of the most iconic routes in the world. Stretching for more than 650 miles along California’s Pacific coast, Highway 1 offers stunning views of world-renowned beaches, cities, and wineries. At Greenleaf Rent A Car, we offer the perfect car rentals for your Highway 1 road trip. We have compiled a list of the must-see stops along Highway 1.

Highway 1 Road Trip

1. San Diego

Begin your journey in sunny San Diego. The city is brimming with culture and activities and boasts a beautiful coastline, thus offering something to suit every traveler’s fancy. Families can enjoy shopping, dining, a Padres game at Petco Park, or a trip to the San Diego Zoo. Take a stroll through one of the city’s diverse cultural neighborhoods to experience fine cuisine, art, and craft beers. When you are ready to head north, Highway 1 begins in Dana Point.

2. Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is the premier surf town in California. Whether you want to catch a wave, cycle along the coast, or sunbathe, Huntington Beach has it all.  Be sure to visit the Huntington Pier for shopping, dining, and spectacular views. Nature lovers should explore Huntington Central Park or Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve for a view of the wildlife.

3. Santa Barbara

Next, head north to Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is nestled in the coastal hills and boasts historic Spanish architecture. With the perfect Mediterranean climate, gorgeous views, award-winning wineries, big-city attractions, and outdoor adventures, Santa Barbara embodies California culture. From State Street shopping to paddle boarding at East Beach, Santa Barbara is the perfect stop for every traveler.

4. San Luis Obispo

SLO, as the locals call it, has been ranked as one of the happiest cities in America. The city offers a refined selection of food and wine, with a little bit of ranch culture thrown in. To experience the heart of SLO, check out Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in Mission Plaza. SLO’s rich history and relaxed pace make it the perfect stop along Central California’s coast.

5. Rent a Car

Highway 1 offers views of the Pacific coast that can’t be beat. At Greenleaf Rent A Car, we quickly provide affordable, environmentally-friendly vehicles. No matter the need, we have the perfect car, van, truck, or SUV rental to meet your needs. To rent a car in the Carlsbad area, call us today at (760) 547-2228 or make an online reservation. Highway 1 is calling!


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