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Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

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arizona
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Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

We are thinking about chucking the air fare and rental car and taking our own car on this trip up to Big Sur. We have a RAV 4. I am thinking this car would be too big to be on the coast highway. Its a good drivable car however, and my husband is a good driver. Anyone see a problem with this?

San Francisco Bay
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1. Re: Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

No. A fine size. Even if you had a larger car, it wouldn't be a problem.

Now, towing a boat wouldn't be fun.

San Francisco...
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2. Re: Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

Dont' forget to go to Point Lobos (amazing views). Parking inside for $10 and if there are spots outside, park outside along the road for free.

arizona
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3. Re: Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

Ok, thanks. I still have visions of a college trip to Jerome Az in a Uhaul. Don't want a repeat of that!

Pt Lobos is one of the places on our list; I hope we get to everything, but probably won't. If not, for next time!

San Francisco...
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4. Re: Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

loveNature2011 writes

>>>>Parking inside for $10 and if there are spots outside, park outside along the road for free.

You know parks are not maintained for free. They are for us to enjoy and we want to maintain them for generations to come. The first thing that gets cut when there are budget cut is money to maintain our natural resources and Parks. If you love nature, remember it is mankind that is spoling and destroying nature and it takes money and resources to preserve it.

To suggest that people park free when they want to use our parks and our services IMHO is really not the best way to go. People spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars to travel if they are from the US, thousands if they come from abroad so please pay the day use fee for our parks and you can use the same ticket to visit other state parks the same day

Sorry Point Lobos is an amazing place. let make sure it stays that way for centuries

Edited: 4:15 pm, March 13, 2013
Huntington Beach...
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5. Re: Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

Well said belomiser! As for "LoveNature," she should love it a little more.

San Francisco...
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6. Re: Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

I agree with Belo. Pay the entrance fee. For about the price of a movie you get breath-taking views, exercise, and the knowledge that we've protected this amazing piece of land.

Fortaleza, CE
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7. Re: Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

"Up the Big Sur"?? Sounds like driving up a mountain. Highway 1 is a two-lane hnighway but a major highway, not some tiny road hugging the edge of cliffs snaking over the mountains. Even a full-size SUV would be fine. RAV4 is not that big.

Edited: 10:25 am, March 15, 2013
Grover Beach, Ca
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8. Re: Taking our own car up the Big Sur??

Here's a photo of Highway 1 along the Big Sur coast:

www.pashnit.com/roads/cal/Hwy1BigSur.htm

As you can see, no worries with a RAV4. Enjoy!

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