Drive. Dine. Walk. Gawk. Find joy. Explore 735 gorgeous miles of the iconic road with these essential stops along the way
Landmark Stearns Wharf has panoramic ocean views. But when you reach the Santa Barbara Shellfish Co., skip them and eat at this no-nonsense seafood shack’s bar so you can watch cooks make such favorites as lobster tacos, a delicacy you shouldn’t miss. Need a good place to stay post-taco? Nearby, the Old Yacht Club Inn is suitably nautical, with knockout breakfasts. Shellfish Co.: $$; 230 Stearns Wharf; sbshellfishco.com. Old Yacht Club: From $159; oldyachtclubinn.com.