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Address: Big Sur, CA
Activities: Driving

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a pleasant detour to see another part of California

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
mackanna
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San Rafael, California
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San Rafael, California
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113 reviews 113 reviews
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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
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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149 reviews 149 reviews
52 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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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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131 reviews 131 reviews
46 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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5 attraction reviews
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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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12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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