US 1 and the Best Luxury Hotels on the West Coast USA

The famous drive up Route 1 along the west coast USA is one of the most scenic road trips the United States has to offer. Our recommended route includes great scenery and some of the best luxury hotels on the west coast. Starting just north of San Diego, the coastal route takes in the sights of Long Beach, beautiful Santa Monica and the surfers at Malibu before reaching Santa Barbara. Here an overnight stop can be enjoyed at the Travel and Leisure Gold List’s Bacara Resort and Spa with its Spanish-influenced architecture and two golf courses. This luxury hotel also offers elegant dining with stunning views of the rugged Pacific coastline.

Heading north, the coastal scenery of the Big Sur coastline gets ever more stunning with clifftop peaks descending to sandy beaches and crashing surf. Hearst Castle is a must-see, and visitors can easily spend a day there touring this opulent home and gardens. A couple of nights should be spent in Big Sur exploring the area while based at some of the best luxury hotels on the west coast USA. The Post Ranch Inn and the Ventana Inn and Spa in Big Sur both sound rather understated, but are in fact luxury hotels listed on the Conde Nast traveler 2008 Gold List and are sure to please.

Continuing up this stunning coastline, San Francisco is just a 3 hour drive away where a choice of excellent luxury hotels on the west coast awaits you. The Ritz-Carlton is well located with superb views from its lofty Nob Hill location, or choose one of the luxury hotels around the shops of Union Square such as the cutting-edge Hotel Diva.

You can choose to end your road trip here with a few days exploring Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge Park whilst enjoying one of these superb hotels. Alternatively, head inland to the well known wine region of the Napa Valley for more great experiences and some more delightful luxury hotels such as the Calistoga Ranch or the Auberge du Soleil. These are two of the most relaxing top hotels in the area with their rustic charm and boutique hotel atmosphere.

Alex Brey co-founded Luxique, and has had a passion for travel for more than 20 years. He realized that the decision-making process for planning the perfect trip – from choosing the destination to getting the right hotel room – was something that could be improved. And so came the birth of Luxique, the website that caters for the discerning traveler.


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