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Old Coast Road

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Address: Big Sur, CA
Activities: Driving

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Amazing detour

Came across this by Bixby bridge and decided to try it with a sedan as it appeared to be freshly graded. It was one of the highlights of the area but not for the faint at heart if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Came across this by Bixby bridge and decided to try it with a sedan as it appeared to be freshly graded. It was one of the highlights of the area but not for the faint at heart if you are driving a sedan. Lots of spots to pull off and chill, photo ops everywhere and a few sections where you... More 

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Maine
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We drove from North to South on Highway 1 through Big Sur, and it was amazing. However, on the trip back north, we decided to take the Old Coastal Route, starting near Molera State Park. It's a dirt road that runs 12 miles, and it took us a little over an hour to do. We had a rental car, Toyota... More 

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Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Be ready to turn off Highway 1 onto the Old Coast Road right at Bixby Bridge. Just a short distance down this dirt road offers fabulous bonus views of Bixby Bridge, turn around there or - KEEP GOING! We drove the whole loop and it was a highlight of our trip. The road is rugged in places, a true mountain... More 

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Madeira Beach, Florida
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127 reviews 127 reviews
51 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We've done this drive before 15 years ago but pictures really can't do it justice. It is so amazing beautiful! I've seen a lot of places in this world and have to rank the drive down Route 1 along the California coast from Carmel to San Simeon as one of the most beautiful. I had forgotten about all the places... More 

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West Wales
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104 reviews 104 reviews
20 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We set off along the coastal road from Monterrey to Cambria before heading back to Silicon Valley. I guess it was probably one of the best road trips we've had so far. Monterrey is beautiful, Bixby Bridge, Big Sur, , the later to see the Elephant seals and even zebra's at Hearst Castle grounds. We did see dolphins jumping through... More 

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San Rafael, California
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38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This past Sunday I traveled on the Old Coast Road again by motorcycle and though it was Easter, we only passed 7 cars in ten miles. This dirt stretch of road is interesting and affords some unbelievable views of both the Ocean and nature. It's good on motorcycle but I sure wouldn't attempt this drive in a car without All-Wheel-Drive... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

I drove on this road on January 2014 and February 2015. Both times were beautiful and fun!! It is peaceful! It is a road less traveled. First: I am an Los Angeles driver and I love to drive. Both times I took this road were with my 07 Honda CRV. I took the road starting at Bixby Bridge and then... More 

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SLO
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We have been going to Big Sur for years and always wanted to check out the 10 mile Old Coast Road. Several years ago we started the journey and quickly realized our car was not up for the task and turned around. We recently bought a 4X4, and on our last trip we finally made the trek. What a great... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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168 reviews 168 reviews
58 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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