The moment Raira and Paulo arrived at the Palace Hotel, the magic began. Inside, historical charm and architecture are met with luxurious yet modern updates from recent renovations. Located in the heart of Downtown SF, the Palace Hotel is the perfect home base for the start of your road trip. Raira’s fave part? Starting her day with breakfast in bed.
When you think of San Francisco, what comes to mind? Besides the Golden Gate Bridge, for most, it’s those brightly-colored Victorian houses sitting on rolling hills. Make like the Tanner’s: pack a picnic and enjoy the view.
Does this spot look familiar? A heavily trafficked tourist destination by day, get a fresh outlook on Battery Spencer when visited at dawn with not a fellow instagrammer in sight. Not only will you get all the views bathed in that morning glow, but you won’t have to share it with anyone else.
If you haven’t been here before, this is a huge recommend. A park with full panoramic views, a beautiful swing to take in the sights and more dogs than tourists (yes please!) this quickly became one of Raira’s favorite stops in San Francisco.
Home to the famed Urban Light installation outside the LACMA, it’s hard to pick a bad time of day to visit these picture perfect lampposts. Inside tip: SLS Hotel is within walking distance (seriously!) of the museum so you can visit morning, noon and night.
Paulo’s favorite place in all of California? Venice Beach. There’s so much more to this artistic neighborhood than the famous boardwalk. Find an eclectic mix of high end and local artisanal shops, unique dining experiences and awesome community attractions and events.
With sweeping views of the city and access to the iconic Hollywood sign trailhead, Griffith Park is a gem within the urban core of Los Angeles. Home to the Greek Theater, the LA Zoo, the Observatory and miles trails to explore, a few hours here may be just the reset needed to recharge before heading out on the rest of the road trip!
Do pretty tiled floors, dripping crystal chandeliers and plush textiles all sound like the makings for the ultimate hotel experience to you? THE US GRANT in downtown San Diego is located within walking distance to just about every type of cuisine imaginable, bustling nightlife and even Petco Stadium. After a night out, retire to your room for quality R&R to wake up and do it all over again.
This spot didn’t get it’s name for nothing – best visited at sunset, this stretch of cliffs in between Point Loma and Ocean Beach may just be San Diego’s best spot to pack a picnic to watch the sun go down. Inside tip: Give yourself plenty of time to find parking, it can be busy!
This spot will have you thinking you left San Diego and transported to the East Coast. Grasses sway in the breeze, a white picket fence lines the property and the copper cupola tops the 1855 structure. Get your daily dose of history at this beautiful lighthouse.
For a laid back beach day, head to Ocean Beach for local shopping, antique hunting and fun dining. This town is all about the local community so be sure to catch the weekly farmer’s market or any other community event. Finish the day strong with sushi or pizza for the most relaxing day of exploring yet.