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Address: Big Sur, CA
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A harrowing adventure, go prepared.

First let me acknowledge that it's an El Niño year, only 24 hours after serious rain, and I drove it in a Prius. Even under these conditions it's possible to make the drive but I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Coronado, California
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Coronado, California
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First let me acknowledge that it's an El Niño year, only 24 hours after serious rain, and I drove it in a Prius. Even under these conditions it's possible to make the drive but I wouldn't advise it … any one of 50 things could have gone wrong and I'd have been stranded in the middle of nowhere. Having done... More 

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3 Thank TravisGood
Washington, United States
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

This is part of the historic dirt road that led south down the coast before Bixby Bridge and other bridges were built in the 1930's. Over the course of 11.4 miles, there are areas with steep switchbacks, dark redwood groves, pastures, ocean vistas, great views of Pico Blanco, the El Sur Ranch, Bixby Bridge, and more. Today, only the occasional... More 

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3 Thank Adam M
Malibu, California
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

In the many years I've been driving up and down the coast, I never knew this road existed. Great detour off Highway 1 that leads you up through the redwoods and gives you some great views. We did the road on our Triumph Tigers and it was perfect for the motorcycles and easy.

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2 Thank zjmikke
Cleveland, Ohio
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80 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous drive along the California coast. A bit twisty at times, but I recommend it anyway.

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3 Thank Sandi V
Nottingham
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190 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

In a world where we all rush from one place to another, drive along the Big Sur and take your time in order to soak in all of the fantastic views. What's the rush?

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3 Thank Russ1470
Overland Park, Kansas
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77 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Take time out of your busy life to enjoy the wind and sun as you motor along on this beautiful section of the coast. I needed to get away from the city and this was just what the doctor ordered! Too bad I was the driver because I had to stop numerous times to get out to take in the... More 

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1 Thank Hitheroadwithme
Hamden, Connecticut
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131 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Big Sur California Being a native easterner I had always heard about Big Sur in California. Naturally it was on my list to visit someday. What a magnificent part of our country. Kudos to the people and governing state agencies who work diligently for Big Sur to maintain such a unique identity. It’s approximately a ninety mile drive on a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

Amazing views scary road if you are driving a low car or fancy. Make sure you have good tires!!!! The views are worth it and be careful when driving it could be terrifying if you haven't been off road.

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San Clemente, California
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142 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

the coast road is always a fun drive, it takes you through the varied terrain of the coast as well as providing amazing views along the way. trhe old growth redwoods you travel through makes you feel like you have traveled in time to when the old stage coaches used this road to make the trek north. can be done... More 

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Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

What a spectacular view of the California coast. If you're lucky enough to be the passenger instead of the driver, you'll get a chance to enjoy the scenery. My favorite place to pull over and enjoy the view is from Hurricane Point - the Bixby Bridge is due north and the Big Sur Lighthouse is due south.

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