Hit the Road: Plan a Road Trip with the Ocean Drive Itinerary

by Country Inns & Suites
Monday, July 1, 2013

When you embark on a road trip with our Ocean Drive itinerary, you’ll enjoy the waves and salty air of the Pacific Ocean while experiencing some of coastal California’s best attractions. Pack your bags and head to California; this is going to be a road trip to remember!

San Diego, California

Start your vacation in San Diego at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Diego North. Once you drop off your bags at the hotel, located just outside of downtown San Diego, plan to explore some of the area’s great attractions. The kids will love visiting Balboa Park, the largest urban cultural park in the nation. It is home to many museums, music venues, gardens, and the famous San Diego Zoo, which features more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals.

San Diego Zoo

If you’re ready for a meal and some shopping, head to the city’s Gaslamp Quarter. With more than 200 shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues, there’s something every member of the family will enjoy.

Los Angeles, California

It’s time to check out of your San Diego hotel (and grab one of our freshly baked cookies to go!) and hit the Pacific Coast Highway toward Los Angeles. Along the way, make a stop at the popular LEGOLAND California and the historic Oceanside Pier. Get a restful night’s sleep at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Ontario at Ontario Mills hotel, or stay closer to the coast and wake up to our delicious Be Our Guest Breakfast before you head out to explore your destination.

Oceanside Pier

Don’t miss the breathtaking beaches and oceanfront in Ventura – it’s a great spot for relaxing, biking, and strolling along the pier and promenade. Before you continue on your road trip, stop at Antonio’s Mexican Food and Grill, a local favorite, for a quick but filling lunch.

Santa Barbara, California

Head north to the beach city of Santa Barbara to spend a few fun-filled days in the sun. Take in some history at the 200-year-old Santa Barbara Mission, which includes a retreat center, church, museum, and acres of landscaped gardens. The Mission is also home to a community of Franciscan friars. Once you’ve had your fill of history, take a safari tour through the mountains with Santa Barbara Safaris, or spend the day looking for whales, dolphins, seals, and other marine life on the Santa Barbara Channel with Condor Express.

Condor Express

After a full day of activity, you’ll have worked up quite an appetite. Dine on the many seafood specialties at the popular Santa Barbara Shellfish Company on Stearns Wharf, then hit the hay at the comfortable Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ventura hotel.

Santa Barbara Shellfish Company

This vacation is sure to be full of adventure, excitement, and even education, and you’ll have plenty of great memories to take home with you. Don’t forget to print our itinerary before you start your own Ocean Drive road trip!

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  • Joyce Bogart

    i want to win this trip, but HOW DO I ENTER???

  • CountryInns

    Hi, Joyce! You can enter the Hit the Road Country Sweepstakes here: http://blog.countryinns.com/hit-the-road-country/. Good luck!

  • Joyce Bogart

    no I can’t – nowhere to enter on the page that comes up or as far as I can see on the facebook page, so never mind – I’ll skip it.\

  • Joyce Bogart

    no I can’t – nowhere to enter on the page that comes up or as far as I can see on the facebook page, so never mind – I’ll skip it.\

  • thomasms

    Entered. I have driven parts but not in its entirety, soon I hope!

  • Linda Meranda

    Never been on the west coast yet

  • Kathleen Mayor

    This would be a great trip

  • rajee

    love it

  • Barb Carlson

    wow o wow

  • Danak

    Would love to take any of these amazing trips!

  • Linda Meranda

    isn’t the view great?

  • Linda L. Williams

    I have wanted to go to San Diego for sooo long – hear it is gorgeous!

  • Dorothy Minix

    I’M HEADED TO THE SANTA BARBARA AREA SOON, CAN’T WAIT!