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Old Coast Road

Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #9 of 15 Attractions in Big Sur
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
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California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Perth, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We saw the high ranking Trip Advisor reviews (#6 out of 15 Big Sur attractions), and sufficiently forewarned it was tough on the car, decided to go for it... and almost immediately regretted it. This is a steep, rocky, pothole-lined road and other than a nice vista of Bixby Bridge and a few fun moments in redwood forest, the views... More

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San Diego, CA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I read about this road on Trip Advisor and it was as much fun as expected. I was warned not to take it by the residents if it had recently rained. Fortunately, it was dry, a little bit rough at times, but a fun adventure. You see such a wide variety of topography: forests, hillsides, ranches, and ocean views. The... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This is probably one of my favorite places I've visited in the USA, heck probably even the world. I remember standing mountainside with the wind at my back looking out over the Pacific Ocean and thinking "I have seen the most beautiful place on this planet." This "off-roading" experience is so worth your time!!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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306 reviews 306 reviews
130 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Rough road - it is not paved - will lead you through some amazing scenery - mountain top views of the ocean and deep redwood lined passages through the woods. It takes awhile as it is 6 miles of winding road - up and down the mountains. But it is worth it

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Perth, Western Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We drove from Monterey down this most spectacular of coastlines. You do hVe to take your time. There are lots of places to stop and take it all on. Lots spots to take photos. You can't drive fast and you don't want to. Our plan was to drive from Monterey to LA. We managed it but it was an extremely... More

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