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Big Sur Coast, California - Scenic Drives

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The Big Sur segment of the Pacific Coast Highway offers a glimpse of what makes this stretch of shore so special. Drive alongside shorelines of granite rather than pale sand, redwood forests, sudden sea cliffs and canyons. Swing by the Monterey County byway for something a little more cultivated - a patchwork quilt of farmers' fields.

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  • At least two days for a quick trip, but many days or even weeks could be spent exploring the length of this byway.

Stretching from sunny "So Cal" to the shady forests of the north, this coastal highway winds along one of the prettiest stretches of shore to be found anywhere in the U.S. Though the road is more than 600 miles long and in summer, sometimes congested, it doesn't take a world traveler to see why this...

  • 1.5 hours to drive or five hours to experience the Byway.
  • 72 miles (115 km)

Follow Route One through the Big Sur area and take in the California coast the way it is meant to be experienced. From rocky embankments jutting into the clear blue waters of the Pacific to sea lions and other marine life playing in the coves and on the beaches, Big Sur is arguably the best way to ...

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  • 4 miles (6 km)

Route 156—Monterey County Scenic Byway travels through what has been called "the salad bowl of the U.S." for the abundance of orchards, farm fields and vineyards in this fertile region. Route 156—Monterey County Scenic Byway begins 1 mile east of Castroville, 57 miles south of San Jose. The drive fo...

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