If you ever get the chance, jump into a red convertible, roll the windows down, and cruise down the winding cliffs of Big Sur with the sea-salt wind in your hair – there are very few things more epic. Each turn brings stunning vistas of the Pacific below or rolling hills gracefully spanned by picturesque arched bridges, and you can’t help but feel a sense of freedom and being alive. It’s at once massive and intimate; huge jagged cliffs spilling into vast oceans mixed with sublime personal experience.
The mystique of Big Sur has been cultivated over time. Many famous people have contributed stories, art, music and other homages – none perhaps more famous than Jack Kerouac himself, whose “Big Sur” and “On the Road” both memorialize the region and lend it a certain allure, like an invitation to find one’s self in cavernous California valleys a la the author. These and the other tributes have solidified the region as one of America’s most picturesque, admired, and well known. Anyone who’s been lucky enough to drive down Highway 1 won’t soon forget this memorable, un-missable stretch of it.
Stunning, idyllic vistas
The coastline has no shortage of absolutely stunning scenes, none greater perhaps than a waterfall onto a sandy beach
Jagged, rocky coasts
During nearly every mile of this coastline, jagged cliffs drop off into the water dramatically or chunky rock formations dot the shoreline
Round most curves on Route 1 and you will witness coastlines that echo repeatedly into the distance
This region’s beauty is natural, but the man-made bridges spanning cliff-peaks complement it nicely
Smell of fresh sage & citrus
If you’re driving, don’t forget to roll down the window and smell the intoxicating fresh sage and citrus
Spirit of Jack Keroauc
The legacy of Jack Kerouac lives on in these shores, thanks to his book about the region and countless tributes to him in songs, movies and other literature
Co-founder of Archetypical and huge fan of the PCH. I’ve only driven down it once, but did so in almost its entirety, from Oregon down to LA, and was captivated by the beauty of this coastline.
Echoing coastlines: 1. Big Sur coast | Torrey Merritt | Pinterest; 2. Big Sur coast | Kelley Johnson | Instagram; 3. Big Sur coast | Unsplash | Pinterest
Arched bridges: Bixby Bridge | by.ariane | Instagram
Spirit of Jack Keroauc: Jack Kerouac in On The Road (movie) | Fanpop