Four hundred + miles south
Three days per destination
One little corgi
After a hearty breakfast buffet at Hilton Union Square’s Poached restaurant, we headed out bright and early for our drive down to our next destination. Tip: there are two main ways to meander down to southern California:
- If you have the time, take windy but scenic Highway 1 which follows along the beautiful California coast and its quaint coastal towns, or
- If you need to get to your destination as quickly as possible, take Highway 5, which takes you through the heart of California’s farmlands and its rows and rows of produce fields (but which can get monotonous after awhile).
Given our timeline, we went with Option 2 and drove the 400+ miles south down Highway 5. By late afternoon, we spotted the Huntington Beach exit sign that signaled our arrival at our next stop, Surf City USA, so named for its surf culture and relaxed atmosphere. The luxurious and sprawling Waterfront Beach Resort was a welcome sight with its palm-tree lined street and proximity to Huntington Beach (directly across the street from the resort!) We checked in to a beautiful suite in the Twin Dolphin Tower which overlooks the main pool area. We could also see Huntington Beach and the Pacific Ocean from the balcony. Chompers loved the extra room in the suite to run around in and promptly claimed one of the beds for himself.
The Waterfront Beach Resort is not only pet-friendly but also very kid-friendly. We wandered around the property and ran into many families on holiday as well as other well-behaved pets onsite. The bright and cheery colors and fun installations throughout the property really puts everyone in vacation mode.
We spent the next morning walking along Huntington Beach and taking in the sights. The beach itself is 8.5 miles long and while parts of it are not pet-friendly, there is a stretch of it that is open to off-leash well-behaved pets, and home to Socal Corgi Beach Day which is held a few times a year. While walking down the section leading to popular Huntington Pier, we saw people surfing, riding bikes, playing volleyball and enjoying their day at the beach. There are also several restaurants along the walkway and lots of surf art wherever you looked.
That afternoon we decided to spend some time poolside at the hotel and reserved one of the private poolside cabanas. The pool area was pet-friendly so Chompers was able to join us! He took a nap in the cabana while we caught up on reading, watched some TV and enjoyed the fresh air outdoors. The poolside staff members were all extremely professional and friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
There are so many pet-friendly hotels in the Hilton family to choose from, and each destination offers its own charm. Whether you’re looking for the excitement of a bustling city or the quiet solitude of a meditative retreat, we hope our trip down the California coast has inspired you to plan your own unique #HiltonRoadtrip with your furry family member(s) and experience all that our beautiful state has to offer!