California Coast | Monterey Bay & Big Sur Photo Diary

For Memorial Day weekend, we took a short road trip along the northern California coast. One of our first stops was the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Because it was a holiday weekend, it was difficult to find parking and the place was packed. But making it through the crowd was most definitely worth it.

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After spending several hours exploring the aquarium, we had dinner at The Fish Hopper. The restaurant is right on the water, making for fresh seafood and a beautiful view. I had the sesame crusted ahi tuna & coconut prawn salad, and Kevin had the fish and chips.

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We stopped by Ghirardelli for dessert, then headed to our motel, which was just a short walk away from the ocean.

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The next day, we drove down Highway 1 to Big Sur. We lost signal halfway through the drive, so keep that in mind if you’re using a GPS device or app.

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We pulled over for an iconic photo op of Bixby Bridge. It took a while to get the perfect shot, with so many people trying to get the shot as well, but it was worth the stop.

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Our last stop was McWay Falls. It’s cliché, with a sea of tourists with their DSLRs and selfie sticks, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it ourselves.

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Overall, it was a great weekend. Highly recommend visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Fish Hopper, as well as the scenic stops if you’re interested in taking photos.

Have you gone on a road trip before? What routes and stops would you recommend?

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