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Old Coast Road

Address: Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #4 of 11 Activities in Big Sur
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Tehachapi, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
50 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It is 75 miles from San Simeon to Big Sur. Very steep and hair pin turns. They have improved it over the years but it is still knarley.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We enjoyed the Old Coast Road. Ten miles of typical dirt Co. Road. Some quiet secluded travel. Driving thru some redwood groves and other back road lands. I can not recommend this road to any low profile car. Quite a bit of rain washout from our wet December. We were in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, no issues. Again, we enjoyed... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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136 reviews 136 reviews
27 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We drove the Old Coast Road in good weather, and I would advise you not to take it if it's raining. It's mostly a one lane path, and not very well maintained. Top speed is about 15 miles an hour. The scenery is mainly forest with big hills on both sides. There is no ocean view at all, but the... More 

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California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
43 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This route is a must. Amazing views of white water and open ocean. Most spectacular driving south. Breathtaking and plenty of spots to pull ocw and just be amazed.

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Salinas, California, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Old Coast Road was the original route for travelers between Monterey and Big Sur prior to Highway 1 being built and linking the two areas in the 1930's. Without strapping on a backpack, it's the best way to explore the Big Sur back country from the convenience of your vehicle. The Old Coast Road can be access at two... More 

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California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We had been to Big Sur several times and finally got to visiting the Od Coast Road, which was the only way up and down the coast before the state finished building Highway 1. It was basically used by wagons to move goods and people although it is drivable. And it runs along the crest of the mountains. So spectacular... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The drive on old coast road was great. There are better views of Bixby Bridge from this road. The redwood trees are beautiful. It took about 2 hours to drive it but we stopped a lot. I didn't find the drive to be dangerous at all. We were in a four wheel drive jeep wrangler. I wouldn't recommend in small... More 

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Perth, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The Big Sur section of the PCH highway is by far the best part. Fantastic cliff vistas and tight, winding roads make for a very engaging drive with magnificent views. The roads are nowhere near as bad as some people on here have made it seem and any car will be able to manage the drive - it certainly isn't... More 

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Muscat, Oman
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Cool winds, scenic views, lovely spots for picnic. Old coast road was an exhilarating drive! Some good motels and eat outs as well.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We drove from San Francisco to Santa Barbra and took the scenic route and it was awesome yes the roads are windy put the views are spectacular, there are lots of places to stop and enjoy the view we took a few sandwiches and just enjoyed the experience would defiantly recommend.

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