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California Highway 1

Warning. This highway is famous for its beautiful coastal views, but they are rarely to be seen between march and october. The postcards and brochures that you see are almost invariably pictures taken in winter. There is thick fog along highway 1 for most of the year. If no fog, then wild, cold wind. Same weather as San Francisco. Best is to visit in winter.

Big Sur webcam


San Francisco to Santa Cruz

  • Pacifica
  • Devil's Slide
  • Skyline (Hwy 35, between 92 and 84)
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Ano Nuevo (elephant seals)
  • Tunitas Creek Rd

Santa Cruz area

  • Boardwalk
  • Santa Cruz beach
  • Castle Rock beach trail
  • Downtown (Pacific St)
  • Capitola
  • Mystery Spot (Branciforte dr, 4kms north of Boardwalk)
  • Wilder Ranch
  • Natural Bridges State Park
  • Big Basin

Monterey to San Luis Obispo

(proceeding north to south)
  • Fort Ord abandoned military base (just before Monterey)
  • Monterey: Aquarium, Cannery Row, Larkin House (464 Calle Principal)
  • 17-mile drive
  • Carmel (Carmel Mission, Ocean Ave, Carmel Beach)
  • Pt Lobos (sea lions)
  • Rocky Point
  • Bixby Creek bridge
  • Big Sur lighthouse (Pt Sur)
  • Andrew Molera park
  • Big Sur "village"
  • Big Sur coast
  • Pfeiffer State Beach
  • Nepenthe new-age store and restaurant, overlooking the ocean
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park (Partington Cove, McWay Falls)
  • Esalen Institute and hot springs
  • Town of Lucia
  • Lime Kiln Creek campground
  • Kirk Creek campground
  • Sand Dollar Beach
  • Jade Cove
  • Cape St Martin lighthouse
  • Gorda
  • Ragged Point
  • Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery
  • Hearst Castle
  • San Luis Obispo (Mission)

San Francisco to Eureka

  • Point Reyes
  • Bodega Bay (Doran Beach)
  • Jenner (Russian river)
  • Jenner grade
  • Fort Ross
  • Salt Point
  • Mendocino
  • Fort Bragg
  • Lost Coast (Shelter Cove)
  • Avenue of the Giants (Phillipsville to Jordan Creek)
  • Ferndale
  • Eureka
  • Arcata

See also Hiking in California
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