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    Highway One Guide

    Drive. Dine. Walk. Gawk. Find joy. Explore 735 gorgeous miles of the iconic road with these essential stops along the way


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    Highway One Guide

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    Monterey Bay: Make yourself at home on one of the area's incomparable stretches of sand.

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    Pebble Beach Golf Links may have an exclusive rep, but anyone can enjoy The Bench, a relaxed restaurant overlooking the 18th Green and Carmel Bay.

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    Pebble Beach to Half Moon Bay: After the untamed drama of Big Sur, Highway 1 makes a calmer approach to the sweep of Monterey Bay.

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    • Rana Ryan
      Rana Ryan

      Amazing place

    • RASOOLKHAN TANHA
      RASOOLKHAN TANHA

      so nice

    Point Lobos has some of the grandest views anywhere in California.

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    Some will question artist Francis McComas’s proclamation that Point Lobos is “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” But not after doing a grand-tour hike along Point Lobos State Natural Reserve’s shoreline trails.

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    Big Sur Lodge offers reasonably priced lodging on an often-expensive coast.

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    • Mary Schall
      Mary Schall

      Erin Hanlon YES!!

    • emmit tamaro
      emmit tamaro

      When Michael was small i would put him on my shoulders. The two of us would sneak from our campsite to have breakfast in this lodge while everyone else slept.

    Nepenthe is known for its striking architecture, good food, and even better views. On a sunny day, the outdoor decks offer Highway 1 bliss.

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      jen b

      We always stop here

    Carb lovers flock to Big Sur Bakery.

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    In Big Sur, Highway 1 leads to long, uncrowded beaches made for meditative walks.

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    On a coast that prizes eccentricity, Deetjens Big Sur Inn lifts it to art form: 20 rooms and cabins crafted by Norwegian immigrant Helmuth Deetjen between the 1930s and ’60s.

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    • Laurie Gilmore
      Laurie Gilmore

      Favorite room:"Upper Creek"

    • Jon Miller
      Jon Miller

      Dude. This is all so going down next big trip Shannon Harris

    • Shannon Harris
      Shannon Harris

      Heck yeah.

    • BONNIE GATES
      BONNIE GATES

      I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THIS TO LIVE IN,HELL YES

    • Marilyn Maya Mendoza
      Marilyn Maya Mendoza

      Going on my first road trip in Sept for my 65th birthday. Highway 1 here I come!

    Of course you want to see Hearst Castle—no trip up Highway 1 would be complete without a tour of William Randolph’s fabled hilltop estate.

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    You may have enjoyed many fish tacos in your life, but nothing quite like what you’ll find at Ruddell’s Smokehouse.

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    Cayucos to Point Lobos: Here Highway 1 earns its status as one of the world’s great drives. Mountains plunge straight into the Pacific. Veils of fog drift into redwood canyons, blurring the boundaries between continent, ocean, and sky.

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    Landmark Stearns Wharf has panoramic ocean views. But when you reach the Santa Barbara Shellfish Co., skip them and eat at this no-nonsense seafood shack’s bar so you can watch cooks make such favorites as lobster tacos, a delicacy you shouldn’t miss.

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    Surf and mountains near Highway 1 in Santa Barbara County.

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    The rolling hills around Lompoc are producing some of California’s best wines—heady stuff for a town formerly known as flower-seed capital of the world.

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    • Christina Freitag
      Christina Freitag

      Amazing pin.thank you

    Secluded sands in Santa Barbara County.

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    • Kylie Ortega
      Kylie Ortega

      Been there.. Favorite place to be!

    Yes, Jalama Beach is a 14-mile detour off the highway, a twisting journey through rolling ranchlands. But there’s a reward at the end of the road. T

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    Highway 1 rolls through the golden hills of Santa Barbara County.

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    Golden road, Santa Barbara County: The scenic road to Jalama Beach.

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    Island idyll in Ventura: Along the Southern California coast, you get tantalizing glimpses of islands floating on the horizon.

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    Perfect pause, Malibu

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    Like Zuma Beach, its famous neighbor just to the north, Westward Beach has ample parking and powerful waves. But bordered by sandstone bluffs instead of PCH’s pavement, it feels more unspoiled.

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    In Malibu, Highway 1 opens up and achieves escape velocity from greater Los Angeles. It is the Southern California of beachfront celebrity homes, towel-wrapped surfers shimmying out of wetsuits by the roadside, and lyrically named beaches: Zuma and Surfrider and El Matador.

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    A stay at the shore: The oceanfront Shore Hotel in Santa Monica

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