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Riding in Big Sur

Driving on the most famous coastal road in the USA

Petr Liška
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Riding in Big Sur
Inserted: 16.02.2019
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

The fastest route between San Francisco and Los Angeles is on the inland highway. However, if you have more time and want to enjoy the beautiful coast, take the CA1 road along the famous Big Sur coast. You will see beautiful cliffs, beaches and the famous Bixby Bridge.

Follow the highway to the south

From San Francisco, first take the really wide freeway toward San Jose, but follow the signs for „Pacifica“ or CA1

Follow the highway to the south
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San Pedro Rocks

After the town of Pacifica, you finally reach the coast. The first interesting view is on the rocks of San Pedro

San Pedro Rocks
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View in the other direction

There is also a nice view from the viewpoint on the opposite side

View in the other direction
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Gray Whale Cove

Just a short walk away you will find three beautiful beaches next to each other. There is a large parking lot and from here you can go on a nice hike – climb Montara – North Peak (578m)

Gray Whale Cove
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California coast

The CA1 road really runs most of the time along the coast, so there is still something to see

California coast
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Endless California beaches

Most of the coast in these places is not built up, so the endless beaches are half empty

Endless California beaches
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Monterey

We stopped for the night in the tourist town of Monterey. You can see a large marina, bathing otters and small jellyfish. Relaxing city for one early evening and night

Monterey
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Bixby Creek Bridge

The most interesting is the second day of this trip, when you will find 200 kilometers from Monterey to San Luis Obispo. The mountains here fall directly into the sea and it is a rough region with only minimal development. The biggest attraction, practically right from the region is the famous Bixby Creek Bridge

Bixby Creek Bridge
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Hurricane Point view

The road then ascends to another great view – Hurricane Point view

Hurricane Point view
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Bixby Bridge from the vantage point

The view of the famous Bixby Bridge is also great

Bixby Bridge from the vantage point
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View of Point Sur

On the other hand, the view is worth it

View of Point Sur
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Point Sur

The nice Peninsula Peninsula is also interesting. The road will then head inland for a while, then lead another tens of kilometers over the dramatic coast of Big Sur. You can also see Lafler Rocks, McWay Rocks and many more

Point Sur
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