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 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. 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. 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. 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 HearstCastle on its way to Morro Bay.