Paso Robles - San Luis Obispo - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles - San Diego
The Pacific Surfliner travels the Southern California coast between San Luis Obispo and San Diego.
Length of Trip
5 hours 45 minutes
You need to pass through the syrupy haze of Los Angeles to truly appreciate the fresh sea air of the stunning and rugged California coast. The Riviera on the Pacific is more than a little worse for wear, with much of the city centre largely neglected by the patricians in their hill-top villas. That said, staying in town is cheap and closer to the white sandy beaches. The numerous beach bums who roam the town might just be on to something. It's the kind of place where you can imagine new fantastic careers for yourself as you lie in the soft sand: professional frisbee catcher, professional shell gatherer, all-star beach blanket spreader. Even if the weather turns cold you can still take a stroll on the wharf and watch for soaring albatross and diving sea lions. Turning inland, Santa Barbara boasts an impressive spread of luxurious boutiques, a transplant of New York's Fifth Avenue with a touch of Spanish colonial architecture. Be sure to avail yourself of the incredibly cheap Californian wine and generously priced tequila.