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Winter 2021

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22 | WINTER 2021 As for the road and the ride, here are three iconic behind-the-wheel destinations plus an RV primer to inspire a transporting experience on your next rolling odyssey. COASTING ALONG THE PACIFIC Defined broadly, the Pacific Coast Highway is a border-to-border, 1,650-mile bucket lister comprising stretches of U.S. Route 101, California State Route 1 and Interstate 5 from the top of Washington to the bottom of California with front row seaside views a good chunk of the way. Rolling past temperate rainforests of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, giant desert dunes and sea stacks of Oregon, giant redwoods of Northern California and SoCal's Riviera, with several world-class cities in between, a Pacific Coast run is really several unforgettable road trips built into one. Somewhere in the middle of it all (if we had to direct you to a single area) is Big Sur. Serpentining for about 90 spectacular miles between San Simeon (Hearst Castle) and Carmel, California's central coast showpiece is guaranteed to summon waves of joy, awe and palm-sweat all while sitting behind the wheel. Exploring this American National Scenic Byway in an RV gives you license to rise above the usual Big Sur dash, experience central California's spectacular edge at your own pace — and make good use of several motorhome- friendly campgrounds hiding along the Big Sur coast without having to pitch a tent or shell out for a pricey hotel. Explore Sand Dollar Beach. Take a hike into the hills of the neighboring Ventana Wilderness. Lounge on the ocean-facing terrace of Big Sur village's storied cliffside restaurant, Nepenthe, with an Ambrosiaburger and sweeping coastal panoramas. Then pull into Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and you're home for the night in a grove of towering redwood trees and California Scrub-Jay alarm clocks. PARK-HOPPING IN THE DAKOTAS On a meditative roll through the heartland, South Dakota's rambunctiously designed southwest corner is an obvious road trip magnet. Rugged, removed and rife with history

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