“It was always a wild rocky coast, desolate and forbidding to the man of the pavements.”
–Henry Miller, American Writer
The Big Sur Coast Highway is a stretch of California Route 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco where nature lingers untouched. Some 200 miles north of Los Angeles along Route 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway), the town of San Luis Obispo and the small fishing village of Morro Bay are the two substitute starting points of the Big Sur scenic drive. Finalized in 1932, this striking coastal highway finally connected the remote coastal towns of Big Sur. These 144 miles of highway is roughly isolated, highlighting just a handful of small towns and a couple of hotels, including the Post Ranch Inn, where celebrities like to take time out.
The wildlife protection area has lately seen California condors reintroduced. They fly down high over the precipices even as, down below, local residents consist of sea otters and sea lions with the sporadic migrating whale. Deer and foxes are frequently sighted, and the shy and mysterious cougar is at home here.
The narrow two-lane road snakes its way all along the serrated cliff hugging the mountainside. Absorb the scenery as the road weaves along the sheer drops beyond Point Sur Lighthouse before terminating at picturesque Carmel, the heart of the West Coast’s tranquil coastal country, best identified for its superior beaches and movie star resident (and onetime mayor) Clint Eastwood.