California’s Big Sur- One of the world’s best drives.
The United States is known for its incredible drives through wide open spaces. While many people aspire to driving at least part of Route 66, I am here to let you in on a US drive you simply can’t miss. That drive is Highway 1 also known as Big Sur which runs down California’s coast.
Big Sur is arguably one of the best coastal drives in the world and runs 152 km from San Simeon to Camel hugging the rugged coastline. Now while these towns are known as the official start and end points of Big Sur, the highway actually can take you all the way to LA which is the drive Jen and I took. The drive consists of rolling green hills and treacherous cliffs looking out to the Pacific Ocean and the drive can take a full day as there are many nice lookout spots to stop. There is even the occasional RV and tent campground looking straight out to the ocean.
The road twists and turns endlessly revealing small bridged sections and the odd waterfall. Cows can also be found along this stretch and I would have to say they are probably some of the happiest cows around with these views. If you are fortunate enough to experience this drive on a clear sunny day, it is an experience you won’t forget.
After a full day of driving, stopping and some more driving, we were astounded to find a huge group of elephant seals sun baking on the shores. Unlike anything we had ever witnessed, these large creatures climbed over each other and barked like dogs. A short time later we arrived to the sun setting over LA and the silhouettes of palm trees. It was a drive like no other. So for any car fanatics out there, get to California, hire that Mustang convertible and hit Highway 1. You only live once!