If you’re a chicken, you will drive Route One from south to north, so you’re not hanging on the edge of cliffs overlooking the Pacific ocean.
We, however, love road trips that climb mountains and twist through canyons, so we took the north to south route, down a road that gives seaside a whole new meaning. Either way, there are plenty of turnouts so the driver has a chance to actually stop and see the magnificent vistas instead of just hearing. “WOW! That is gorgeous! Don’t Look! Don’t Look!”
What do you have in your travel library besides books recommended at A Traveler’s Library? Your Photo Albums, of course. Take lots of pictures. You might want to make a photo book, like this article explained.
If you have a gray day like we did at the beginning of our drive, you may want to process some of your photos in black and white. If you have fog–what fun effects you’ll get. But don’t count on checking in on Yelp! or FourSquare or Facebook, because there is no cell phone signal for most of the route.
A lot of people who write about Big Sur and Route One use weasel words, like “one of the most scenic…”, however I’m going on record to say this is THE most scenic road trip in the United States–and maybe anywhere.
For more details about your road trip from Monterey California to Morro Bay California, check out this National Geographic article. Or follow the road between Los Angeles and San Francisco in this article in Travel + Leisure. We were just doing a day trip, but if you want to make a several day trip, there are plenty of interesting stops, like Hearst Castle, redwood forests, beaches to explore and more.
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