When it comes down to it, road trips really aren’t all that bad. In fact, with a group of friends or family, road trips can be very fun! It’s all about the journey, right?
Road Trips are also great opportunities to enjoy scenic routes that you may otherwise never view. California is known to have some of the most idyllic landscapes of any state in the United States. If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the beautiful sceneries that encompass California, I suggest taking a road trip up and down the iconic California State Route 1.
Route 1 has become the country’s most beloved highway, attracting thousands of travelers year round from all over the country, even the globe.
The most iconic section on Route 1 is the Pacific Coast Highway, which is composed of both the Big Sur and the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway. The highway treads along 147 miles of the total 655 that is California’s Route 1. It stretches from Carmel to Morro Bay, hugging the Pacific Coast the entire span. According to National Geographic, the road has been designated an All-American Road, thanks to its picturesque views and sites.
The Pacific Coast Highway starts in the historic town of Monterey, California’s first capital under Spanish and Mexican rule. Monterey has an assortment of different historic sites to see, including the Royal Presidio Chapel, Monterey Historic State Park, and a collection of 16th century adobe homes and structures. The town is also home to the celebrated Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Once you pass the Monterey Highlands, you begin to reach Big Sur. Big Sur is probably the most famous track in California State Route 1. The highway stretches about 90 miles south of San Simeon, shadowed by redwood groves and pines as far as the eye can see. Here, the Santa Lucia range plunges down into the sea. Travelers witness the furious waves of the Pacific, clashing up against the jagged rocks of the cliffs that overlook the coast.
Big Sur also offers various detours from its cliffside roads, including a detour through Garrapata State Park, Nacimiento-Fergusson Road, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Of course there is Bixby Bridge, one of the most iconic points in your travels through Big Sur. Bixby Bridge is a historic single span arch bridge, spanning a total of 714 feet. The views from the bridge are breathtaking, and often stir travelers to stop momentarily for memorable pictures.
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