Also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, Highway 1 winds down the California coast from Monterey/Carmel to San Simeon. We drove about halfway down to see the Big Sur area.
It’s a fun road, with steep hills on one side, and cliffs falling to the ocean on the other.
There are plenty of pull-outs along the road to take in the views. Bixby Bridge is a popular stop.
At Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, there’s a short walk from the parking area to a pretty amazing 80ft tidefall, McWay Falls. (What’s a tidefall? It’s a waterfall that ends at the sea!)
Wait for it…
Even though the beach is off limits, a few surfers swam up through the cove while we were there.
Our last stop of the day was Garrapata State Park. Just off Highway 1 is a beautiful trail that hugs the coastline. It was a bit windy, but a great place to catch the (very cloudy) sunset.