Hire an open-top car and crank up the stereo for an unforgettable American road trip.

Iconic Highway 1's most celebrated stretch runs the 90 miles north from San Simeon to Carmel through Big Sur, where you'll find the Post Ranch Inn.


The area was a hotspot for artists and hippies in the '60s and still has a boho feel. The inn's 39 glass-fronted suites offer incredible views; they cling to the cliffs 1,200ft above the crashing surf, or sit on top of stilts in the forest.

You could easily stay ensconced in your designer hideout with its pillowy king-size bed, open fire and hot tub, and while away the hours mesmerised by your surroundings.

Stray outside and there are three pools, a spa and the acclaimed Sierra Mar restaurant, complete with a 13,000-bottle wine cellar.


WOW FACTOR: The uninterrupted views of the night sky - there's even a resident astronomer on hand to guide you through it.

FLIGHT TIME: 11 hours

WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer

GO: Elegant Resorts (www.elegantresorts.co.uk) offers seven nights, B&B, in a Lower Pacific suite with ocean view from £7,160 per person. Includes British Airways flights and transfers.