Oct 22 2007

Drive the Big Sur Coast Highway

Drive Big Sur
For the ultimate scenic drive in the United States, follow Route One through the Big Sur area and take in the California coast the way it is meant to be experienced. The Big Sur Coast Highway with its bends and curves hugs the rugged and awesomely beautiful California coastline for 72 miles (144km), providing access to austere, windswept cypress trees, rolling fog, sheer rocky cliffs and the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean.

Along the route you’ll experience views of rugged canyons and steep sea cliffs, granite shorelines, majestic redwood forests and pristine coastline. Your also likely to spot sea lions and other marine life playing in the coves. Other attractions along the way include Bixby Bridge, Carmel Mission and Basilica, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Point Lobos State Reserve, and Big Sur’s Henry Miller Memorial Library.

You can drive the Big Sur Coast Highway in a few hours, but if possible plan to stay longer in the area. Spend some time at one of the coastal resorts or camping areas, play on the patches of sandy beach that dot the coastline, or swim in one of the secluded coves. Relax at one of the fine restaurant with a delicious meal and great view, or picnic on one of the beaches.

Big Sur is arguably the best way to appreciate the natural wonders of the western coast. And with crashing waves, rolling fog, sheer rocky cliffs, and hair-raising turns and dips, the drive down the Big Sur Coast Highway is an unforgettable experience.

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