Big Sur Coast Highway is a highway located in California, USA with a total length of 123-mile (198-kilometer) hugging the California coast. This coastal scenic drive begins in Monterey and travels to San Luis Obispo.
The road still remains an adrenaline-pumping journey and is definitely not for the faint of lungs, heart, or legs. A quick glance at the map, at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. The drive is definitely worth it. An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Designated an All-American Road—among the nation's most scenic—the drive encompasses both the Big Sur Coast Highway and the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway. Don’t forget your camera!
The road is in dreadful condition and requires strong nerves to negotiate it. Any barriers along the edge afford little more than token protection; large stretches should be taken at a snail's pace and a lookout kept for vehicles coming from the opposite direction! This coastal scenic drive begins in Monterey and travels to San Luis Obispo. To reach Monterey from San Francisco, head south on CA-1 for spectacular views, or if you are in a rush, use US-101 until you reach the scenic CA-68 in Salinas. The road is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation.
This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. This infamous road is tightly hairpinned and bumped, an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The route starts in historic Monterey, visits the art colony of Carmel, and threads through Big Sur, where mountains plunge into the Pacific. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle on its way to Morro Bay. The road is difficult and it’s a nightmare in the wet or dark (or both).
The road includes some steep sections and its surface is asphalted. In places, the road has narrow shoulders and sharp drop-offs, so stay alert. This route can be tricky for RVs or other oversize vehicles. This stretch of road should not be attempted by novice drivers.