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Oakhurst to San Francisco...which route?

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Oakhurst to San Francisco...which route?

We're planning a fly drive tour from Vegas to San Francisco. We've got as far as Oakhurst but are not sure which route to take from there to San Francisco. We are either thinking drive straight to Monterrey and stay there for 1 night, driving down Highway 1 for a way to see Big Sur the following morning before heading up to SF. The other option would be to drive further south to Cambria staying in that area and then driving up the coast through to SF with maybe another overnight stop in Monterrey. Can anyone recommend which they think would be the best option?


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1. Re: Oakhurst to San Francisco...which route?

Hi Karen

If you can afford 2 nights for the drive, then by all means head toward Cambria and spend a night there and continue up to Monterey/Carmel for a night there the following day. Cambria is a lovely, small seaside town with lots of cute shops and great little places to eat.

This will also allow for a nice, slow drive up through Big Sur with stops at the elephant seal rookery, Ragged Point and McWay Falls @ Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Cambria lodging: Moonstone Landing, Sand Pebbles Inn, Fog Catcher Inn, Best Western Fireside Inn.

When will you be visiting? Time of year matters, as you can't get into Yosemite from the east side of the mountains in the winter/spring months.

Edited: 4:54 pm, November 18, 2012
Oxford, United...
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2. Re: Oakhurst to San Francisco...which route?

Thanks for your reply. We're travelling in August so Tioga wont be a problem but thanks for checking


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3. Re: Oakhurst to San Francisco...which route?

I completely agree with Kibblesmom. Driving from Cambria to Monterey through Big Sur is one of the world's most beautiful drives.

4. Re: Oakhurst to San Francisco...which route?

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