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Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in California, North America | 9 comments

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.


California Coast

California 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.


California Coast


California Coast


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.


California Coast


California Coast

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!

Elephant seals

California Coast

California Coast


  1. Fabulous photos; it looks like a great drive. The only problem I often have is that I’m often the driver so it is difficult to take in all the wonderful views. I’ve experienced a little bit of the California coast line near San Francisco, Santa Cruz and San Diego. Sounds like I should take the full drive if the opportunity ever presents itself.

    • Thanks mate 🙂 The great thing about this drive is there are heaps of spots to stop and take in the views. We did the drive all the way from San Fran too through Santa Cruz but never made it down to San Diego. Where are your next travels mate?

      • I’ve a few local ones around the UK for now then Michigan next month.

  2. That drive IS fabulous. Thanks for your fantastic photos! I’ll have to redo it for 2 reasons: 1) the obvious – it’s worth repeating, and 2) my camera failed later that day and all was lost. And because of ‘2)’ I thank you again for sharing your fabulous photos!

    • Thank you! I agree it is worth repeating. Did you see the elephant seals?

      • Absolutely! Amazing, aren’t they? Such a privilege to see, especially when they’re there of their own accord. Love seeing animals in my travels. Have you seen Hearst Castle? I haven’t, but I’ve heard so many say it’s a worth seeing though of course touristy.

        • I love seeing animals when traveling. America had quite a few places to see them too. We heard of the castle once we got to Las Vegas when it was too late, but it did sound amazing. Something to do next time 🙂

  3. Awesome photos Ardun. It’s incredible how close you can be to the nature, precious time, enjoy!

    • Thanks Agness. Not long now and I’ll be on the road again. Can’t wait!

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