Road tripping the California coast through Big Sur up to San Francisco.

Ah, this is a familiar sight. We've talked a lot about our road trips everywhere from Salt Lake City to San Antonio, but we seem to have neglected sharing much about one of our favorite, regular hauls up the California coast!

Road tripping the California coast through Big Sur up to San Francisco.

We live in San Diego but have strong roots in the Bay Area. My dad runs a business out of San Francisco and we have multiple other family members in the area, plus I have several consulting clients up there. All this combined means that every other month or so I get to pack my (pregnant) butt up in our commuter car and make a quick run up the coast!

Road tripping the California coast.

My sister's one of my frequent companions. She picks out adventurous spots along the way, forcing me to don my hiking boots and actually see some sights as opposed to just pushing through the 8-to-10 hours in record time.

This spot here is the infamous McWay Falls in Big Sur, which I genuinely believe is one of the most beautiful sights on the planet. Yes, I say that having hiked portions of the Na Pali Coast. My love for California runs deep, you guys. It's worth the extra two-to-three hours that this little detour adds to the trip, especially if you can nab a camping spot in the area and make it a mini-overnighter.

Road tripping the California coast through Big Sur up to San Francisco.

As for us, we kept on trekking this time around – but not without a few stops for food. I've been ALL about potatoes this pregnancy. French fries, chips, tots, baked and fried and julienned. I'm starting to sound like that shrimp guy from Forrest Gump. I want potatoes mashed, grilled, made into a salad…

Road tripping the California coast through Big Sur up to San Francisco.

…and waffle cut with sea salt, oh my! We finally made it to our destination and snapped a pic of our sponsor Cape Cod's specialty bag at the Golden Gate bridge. They have a whole series of eight bags out right now featuring iconic road trip spots like the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. You can grab some at a convenience store and snap your own #RoadTripChip photo to share your trip on social media!

I'm so obsessed with these chips, one of my must-do food stops is the factory tour in Cape Cod. If you know anything about our family's obsession with food tourism, you know I'm not kidding. This WILL happen one day.

Road tripping the California coast through Big Sur up to San Francisco.

As we were taking this series of photos, a fellow Cape Cod fan actually approached us and asked if we were “influencers” spreading the word about the chips. We had a funny, brief conversation about the blog and the people we work with and how awesome it is that Nate and I get to do our thing and talk about stuff that we love. While gorging on potato chips.

I'm pretty sure I have the best job on the planet.

Road tripping the California coast through Big Sur up to San Francisco.

Anyway, Fort Point is where it's at for the most up-close and personal photos with the Golden Gate bridge. The fog in San Francisco can be thick and parking in the Bay Area tends to be a nightmare, so this is your best bet to have a brief moment of clarity with the iconic destination.

Road tripping the California coast through Big Sur up to San Francisco.

We jumped for joy, took care of business and commenced the long trip back down the coast. But not without making a friend (or two!) along the way.

Does your family have a regular road trip destination? What are your favorite sightseeing spots?