Now, where were we?
Just northwest of San Luis Obispo on the 1 Highway, you may notice a 576 foot-high volcanic plug resembling the head of a Moor, known as Morro Rock, which stands at the entrance of the Morro Bay harbor, a state and national bird sanctuary and fishing town. Take in the scenery at this beautiful resting spot before continuing your California Coast journey.
You’re going to want to stop at our next must-see attraction. Located on a hilltop in the town of San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst’s Castle rests, a National Historic Landmark designed by architect Julia Morgan. This extravagant home featured 56 bedrooms, 19 sitting rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a movie theater, acres of gardens, and the world’s largest private zoo. From movie stars to presidents, everyone wanted to be a guest at the Hearst Castle. On your drive out of the city, keep your eyes peeled for the northern elephant seal rookery.
“El Sur Grande,” known more commonly as Big Sur, was once an inspiration for many famous writers of the 20th century and is now known for hiking, mountain climbing, and other outdoor activities. Adjacent to the Santa Lucia Mountains, Big Sur has the only complete nineteenth century lighthouse complex open to the public in California. Check out the Ventana Inn & Spa situated 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, “The Essence of Big Sur.”
After passing through Monterey County, home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Pebble Beach, cruise into Santa Cruz, stroll along the famous Boardwalk and ride the Giant Dipper rollercoaster, surf the waves of the beaches, explore Mission Santa Cruz, and soak in the social activist culture. It’s truly a Californian experience.
San Mateo County is next along the 1, home to marine mammals in El Nuevo Ano State Park, the Pigeon Point Lighthouse and tidepools, and Half Moon Bay.
And now for our final stop, home to Groupbookers— a trip to the enigmatic San Francisco Bay Area. Picnic at Golden Gate Park before going through the MacArthur Tunnel and merging with the US 101 Freeway. Hit up the museums, cafes, and unique neighborhoods— the Mission, Haight, Bernal Heights, Twin Peaks. You’ll want to spend some time here, whether dancing and dining with friends or exploring the hills and architecture of the breathtaking San Francisco Bay before walking, cycling, or driving across the world famous Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County with more beautiful homes and beaches surrounding. If you’re looking for hotels in the city, we recommend the Larkspur Hotel with locations in both Union Square and Marin County.
Alas your trip along the California 1 Highway will end after reaching Mendocino County and crossing the Ten Mile River. We hope you’ve now got some California State Route 1 pointers and must-see scenic stops in your future travel bag.
We’ll see you on the road.