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Old Coast Road

Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #8 of 14 attractions in Big Sur
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
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Cleveland, Ohio
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281 reviews 281 reviews
118 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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San Francisco, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This road winds up the mountain and is rutted, so a vehicle that is not close to the ground is best. We drove a few miles up to catch the views, then turned back.

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Hong Kong, China
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136 reviews 136 reviews
35 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I had put this at the top of my list of things to do while we were at Big Sur. It wasn't easy to locate. Fortunately we had taken a tour of the lighthouse close by and their description helped us to find it just north of the Bixby Creek Bridge. We love going off the beaten track and this... More

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California
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181 reviews 181 reviews
64 attraction reviews
307 helpful votes 307 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We go camping in Big Sur every year, and after seeing the Old Coast Road many times as I drove by on highway 1, I finally decided to give it a try. I was a little concerned about how rough the road would be, so I purposely did it when we had plenty of daylight left (in case something went... More

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Brookline, MA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The ride along the road is beautiful. The views of the ocean are beautiful. And the other side of the road are mountains with trails you can see. So peaceful!

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Fargo, North Dakota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We (or more accurately, I) decided to take the Old Coast Road after reading about it on Tripadvisor. As others have said, it's a bumpy ride and not for the feint of heart. Had we not spend 2 days on highway 1 with its tight turns and steep cliffs, this would have been more intimidating. As it was, it was... More

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Nokomis, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We had a Lincoln Naviagator so it was an easy ride for us but could see where a smaller vehicle could have difficulty. But it was a great ride to see some Redwoods and even seen some deer. Not for the feint of heart, very bumpy and a windy road

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BOSTON
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I had read about this road right here on TripAdvisor. Always up for an adventure, this became a must do detour on our ride up the coast. We were heading north so we turned onto The Coast Road at Andrew Molero State Park. The turn off is on the right side and the road is dirt the entire 10.5 (aprx)... More

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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This takes some time but it is great for the outdoors type. It is easier to do in a SUV because the road is dirt/rock all the way and is quite bumpy. A sedan works fine too, it would just be more bumpy.

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