Location: California, USA
Length: 122 km (76 miles)
Built: between 1919 and 1937
Width: 5 m standard, 2 lanes
Surface quality (out of 5): 5
Highest point: 1571 m (Cone Peak- 5,155 feet)
Operating times: throughout the year
Route: Carmel to San Simeon
Description of the Big Sur Drive
The USA has some of the most famous roads to drive. When you think about popular routes, besides the Route 66, another name should come to your mind: California’s Highway one and the Big Sur.
This highway is located in California and has a length of approximately 198 km. The most scenic drive and the one we’re recommending to you is the coastal road stretching between Carmel and San Simeon. For about 122 km, between Carmel River and the San Carpoforo Creek, you’ll have the chance to drive on a road that winds and hugs the cliffs, passing through many coastal parks of the area. This landscape is created by the Santa Lucia Mountains that rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. This route is known as the longest and the most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the US. So, without any further ado, this is a road definitely worth the drive. Nothing compares to the exhilarating experience of driving this route. Sliding through the sometimes narrow street and sharp drop-offs is thrilling. And don’t forget about having the strong waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing on the cliffs, right next to you.
This road also leaves the coast for a few kilometers and takes you into the redwood forest, located in the Big Sur River valley.
Where to stop by along the Big Sur drive
This route doesn’t lack fantastic views and even historical places where you should stop by to soak in the landscape. This beautiful stretch of coastline offers you not only a superb driving experience but also a chance to get back to natures. This area is an excellent choice for camping and hiking. The Santa Lucia Mountains and Ventana Forests have more than 350 km (220 miles) of trails.
This is also the route where you will find the historical Bixby Creek Bridge. It’s a reinforced concrete arch that has a 98 m (320 foot) span and passes over the Bixby Creek. It’s the perfect place for taking a break from driving, for a few minutes and enjoying the view.
Another place that is definitely worth a stop by is Pfeiffer Beach. To get there, you have to take the turn off for Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and drive until you get to Pfeiffer Beach. It’s one of the most scenic beaches on Big Sur where you can see purple sand after stormy weather. You shouldn’t miss the sunset while here.
The Big Sur drive is a striking one, both thrilling and entertaining due to the beautiful and diversified nature in this area. If you love scenic coastal drives, this one is a must!
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