One of the best parts of traveling north along the pacific coast highway is that the journey itself is as enjoyable as the destination. On this trip we headed north of LA to Big Sur to go backcountry camping in the Ventana Wilderness area. The drive is clocked in at about 6 hours from LA, but expect to tack on 1 or 2 more towards the tail end of the trip due to the windy roads, and many stops you will want to take to get out and enjoy the views. Its really awesome to see the mountains and woodlands start to rise above so close to the pacific. Can't wait to get back soon and explore some more.