Famous for its year-round sunshine, glistening shores and the long tanned limbs that grace them, California is truly the Golden State - and hitting the Pacific Coast Highway (or California State Route 1) has long been hailed as the best way to experience its highlights. As with everything else in the land of sun, road trips are to be approached with a laid-back attitude, without a hard and fast itinerary in place.
Kick things off with a few days in San Francisco, checking off hotspots such as Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park while devouring Mexican food in the Mission and taking in the general artsy atmosphere, before cruising on down for a retreat into the wilderness at Big Sur. Then it's on to Santa Monica by way of Big Little Lies territory in Monterey, Santa Barbara and Joshua Tree. Finish with a bang in Los Angeles, the City of Stars and your final destination on a whirlwind road trip that'll undoubtedly yield more than its fair share of memorable moments.