The famous Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), also known as State Route 1, is a north-south gem that traverses much of the Pacific Coastline in California. From Orange County, just south of Los Angeles all the way to Mendocino County, well north of San Francisco, the PCH is the perfect marker to plan your next travel assignment. As if the Pacific Ocean, the gorgeous weather, and amazing parks weren’t enough, did you know that there are great travel assignment opportunities in major cities up and down the coast? Let’s take a look at some places for you to consider on your next travel assignment in California.
The Bay Area. Home to more than 7.5 million people, statistically the Bay Area is the fifth-largest region in the United States. Called home by many Fortune 500 companies, the Bay Area is also home to incredible natural beauty through its park systems, historical locations, world-class dining, and Silicon Valley.
- San Francisco – Affectionately known as “The City by the Bay,” San Francisco is famous for its many landmarks, eclectic architecture, cable cars, and rolling hills. Visitors to San Francisco love taking in the sights and sounds of Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown or spending an afternoon beneath the famous Golden Gate Bridge. The tourist’s highlights are great, but it is the lesser-known jewels that make an assignment in San Francisco one to remember. Hiking the Coastal Trail at Miles Rock Beach makes for a beautiful afternoon. At the end of the trail, you will find yourself with a majestic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
- Oakland – Home to the NBA’s exciting Golden State Warriors, Oakland is also known as a trade center due to the busy Port of Oakland on San Francisco Bay. Located just six miles across the bay, east of San Francisco, Oakland claims more than 50 distinct neighborhoods. As recently as 2012, Oakland was named as North America’s top city to visit. Featuring a plethora of entertainment options, from sophisticated bars and restaurants, to music venues, “Oak-Town” is a must see city if you love the nightlife.
- San Jose - While not as famous as the two other Bay Area cities, San Jose is the largest of the three in size. Known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” San Jose is a hotbed for high tech and high salaries. Visitors to San Jose are taken with the many cultural landmarks, museums, and libraries. For those looking for fun off the beaten path, check out the Winchester Mystery House, a massive mansion containing 160 rooms, 47 fireplaces, and numerous staircases that lead to dead ends.
Santa Barbara. Another stop along the PCH is the city of Santa Barbara. Nestled between the high rising Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara is affectionately known as the “American Riviera.” Because of its Mediterranean-style weather, Santa Barbara is a year-round tourist destination. The city features magnificent downtown beaches to stunning Spanish architecture, churches, and missions. Santa Barbara is also home to many parks and gardens. Some are located within the city, while others are spread out among the mountains and wilderness areas outside of town.
Los Angeles Area. No discussion of the PCH would be complete without mentioning the stretch through Los Angeles County. Before reaching our nation’s second most populous city, State Route 1 passes through the city of Long Beach. Playfully known as Southern California’s Waterfront Playground, Long Beach is home to the amazing Aquarium of the Pacific and historic Queen Mary. When in Long Beach, you must venture out to the magical Catalina Islands located a short hour away.
Further south on PCH is the “City of Angels”, Los Angeles is home to over 10 million people and a plethora of industry, entertainment, culture, and education. From the glitz and glamor of Hollywood to the nine professional sports teams, to the campuses of UCLA and USC, LA is a global city with something for everyone. For those looking for hidden treasures, shop at “The Grove” and find an eclectic mix of upscale shops, restaurants, small cafés and a farmers market. Hikers flock to the nearby Santa Monica Mountains and enjoy the 35-miles of hiking trails found in Topanga State Park. No visit to LA is complete without a drive down Sunset Boulevard from downtown, through Hollywood, and out to Beverly Hills.
San Diego. While located south of where the PCH ends in Orange County, our discussion of the California Coast has to include San Diego. Known for having incredible weather year-round, San Diego can also boast about a great collection of Parks, Zoos, Sea World, and numerous beaches along the coast. San Diego is also a military town and home to the largest naval fleet in the world. As in many cities throughout the U.S., San Diego is capitalizing on the recent craft brewing craze, hosting numerous “beer tours” and drawing thousands to the city for November’s annual San Diego Beer Week.
With summer winding to a close all too quickly, now is the time to plan your next few assignments where it is summer all year long. Spend your fall and winter working in one or two of the cities along the Pacific Coast Highway and enjoy all of the sights and sunshine. Call your recruiter today, or check out the jobs that are currently available in California.
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