One of California's most spectacular drives, Highway 1 snakes up the coast north of San Simeon. Numerous pullouts along the way offer tremendous views and photo ops. On some of the beaches, huge elephant seals lounge nonchalantly, seemingly oblivious to the attention of rubberneckers. Heavy rain sometimes causes mudslides that block the highway north and south of Big Sur.
Jan 26, 2012
One of my best memories of South California is driving down the 1 on a bright and sunny day and just enjoying life and where I was. All the way through Malibu up to Santa Barbara, it was one of the best drives I have ever taken. The ocean is so gorgeous and the hills on the other side, it's what everyone pays the big bucks for! I stayed in Santa Barbara and it was an amazing 3 days in paradise. I cannot wait to go back one day. We stayed at the Sandman
Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). Inexpensive and the way to go when it comes to traveling on a budget in a very expensive town like Santa Barbara.