Driving the Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur and Pismo Beach

Our next leg of the trip was a few hours on the road, which might have been a crappy task had that drive not been one on the prettiest, most scenic drives in the world — California State Route 1, or the Pacific Coast Highway as its known, through Big Sur on California’s Central Coast.

Also one of the scariest drives. I didn’t realize we would basically be driving along huge drop offs with no guardrail. We left from Monterey in the morning and headed south. The road was inland, with trees and houses along both sides, until suddenly it opened up, with green mountains rising above us on the left and the pretty blue Pacific below us on the right. Wow. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. In fact, I couldn’t stop saying “It’s so beautiful!” because it was just mind-blowing how gorgeous it is out there.

Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur, California

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