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.
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.
Big Sur Lodge offers reasonably priced lodging on an often-expensive coast.
Secluded sands in Santa Barbara County.
Carb lovers flock to Big Sur Bakery.
You may have enjoyed many fish tacos in your life, but nothing quite like what you’ll find at Ruddell’s Smokehouse.
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.
Island idyll in Ventura: Along the Southern California coast, you get tantalizing glimpses of islands floating on the horizon.
Highway 1 rolls through the golden hills of Santa Barbara County.
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.