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Anyone driven up California Highway 1?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by AnteaterCharger, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Looking to do a driving trip with the gf from SF to LA; alot of people mention Highway 1 for the day between Monterrey and San Luis Obispo. I also hear alot about it being a small highway basically over hte cliffs.

    Anyone know much about the route specifically btwn Monterey and SLO?
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    It's been awhile for me but we drove from SD to SF on 1/101 a few years back. You may hit some traffic tie-ups, possibly a detour due to slides, but can't beat the scenery. I'd suggest a stop at San Simeon (Randolph Hearst mansion) & the 17 Mile Drive in Carmel which circuits Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and The Links at Spanish Bay golf courses along with other spectacular scenery. Big Sur is nice & my daughter & I had a great day at Point Lobos State Reserve near Carmel.

    This is just from my memory, Ant. I'm sure that the locals here can provide much more input. Have fun!
     
  3. sdbound

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    We did this drive over two days in April. We made it from Stanford to Buelton/Solvang the first day, and down to Santa Monica the second day before cutting over. If we were going to do it again I would want to stay over at San Simeon and spend an entire day at Hearst Castle. (It takes 4 2-hour tours to see all of it.)

    If time was not an issue you could easily spend 7-10 days making the journey. There are so many interesting places to visit.

    I can understand why Buck recommended Big Sur – Hippy town, USA.

    Check out http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/s...ce/aerial-california-sneak-peek/111234804001/

    FYI, there are several one-lane landslide delays on the southern end.
     
  4. sdchrger

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    You have a girlfriend? :unsure:
     
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    I'm rewatching the show, "Aerial America: California", definately DVR this program before your trip. The preview clip is linked above.
     
  6. Buck Melanoma

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    I think Big Sur is beautiful, but I certainly won't shy away from any hippie comments. :icon_tease:

    Although, if memory serves correctly, Ant might. :lol: :icon_toast:
     
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  7. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I love the smell of football in the morning.

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    Sounds like a great run, see a little local history and some beautiful scenery. I've taken the trip from SD heading north, have only gotten as far as Santa Barbara. I am making that run one for the bucket list, as well as taking Route 66 in my El Camino. Take a good camera, and happy trails...

    Pointy :icon_twisted:
     
  8. Ride The Lightning

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    It's awesome but you need plenty of time to take in all the sights along the way. Def worth doing at least once in a lifetime, the views are breathtaking. I reitterate though, give yourself as much time as possible, IMO, at least 2-3 days minimum. Don't even think about driving from SD to SF in a day. This is a drive you wanna savor like a good steak or a nice bottle of wine.
     

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