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Old Coast Road

Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #10 of 15 attractions in Big Sur
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
31 helpful votes 31 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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283 reviews 283 reviews
118 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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37 reviews 37 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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San Francisco, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
20 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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166 reviews 166 reviews
55 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
64 attraction reviews
329 helpful votes 329 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 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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