USA Road Trip – California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Monterey to Santa Barbara via Big Sur

Big Sur is a 90 miles rugged stretch of coastline between Monterey, Carmel and San Simeon in California.  It is about 150 miles south from San Francisco. This would be the world’s most scenic drive. After we have done 17-Miles Drive, Carmel, Bixby Bridge, next we explore Big Sur since we are moving toward Santa Barbara.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Prepare to stop any moment

The landscape towards the sea was simply stunning, you will see visitors keep stopping at each mile or so, pulling over multiple times and jumping out of the car to check out the view. You will end up spending a full day here!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

There are few must see in Big Sur :

  • Bixby Bridge – iconic wooden bridge also the most photographed bridge in the world.
  • Mcway Falls – 80 foot waterfall located within the Julia Pfieffer Burn State Park and one of the two such waterfalls in California that run directly into the ocean.
  • Pfieffer beach – famous for it purple sands, teal waves and golden rock formation.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Wooden Bridge

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Big Sur won’t disappoint you, you will get addicted to the view & pull over your car and embrace the nature.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Big Sur Rugged Stretch of Coastline

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Be prepared to see some fog in Big Sur, it was in the month of December but I still see some fog, it is part of the beauty.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Tourist Traps

We stopped by at one of the restaurant and cabin along Big Sur to get some drinks.  It offer great view as it was just sit next to the coastline, overlooking the ocean and jagged cliffs

My advice would be pack some snacks and drinks when you are driving along Big Sur, everything sold here are more expensive as this is for tourist, even the petrol.  We gotten some eastern bakery from San Francisco Chinatown so we were kind of glad to eat our own comfort food.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Local firewood a bundle cost $9.75.  We don’t see such fire wood  in Singapore.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Big Sur Tunnel

Big Sur Tunnel is designed to keep the road clear of debris dropped by landslides and rockfalls that plague this stretch of highway.  Landslide and rockfalls are common thing happen in Big Sur coastline highway.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

View from Tunnel

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Beware of cyclists

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Hand Phone May Not Work In This Area

Hand phone service may not work in most places in Big Sur Coast. You may need to screen shot some of the map in your phone.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Road Closure

Always check for road information in Big Sur.  We needed to make a turn back as there was road closure toward the south, we are going to Santa Barbara, where we will stay for the night.  We have no choice but go back north 8.5 miles to Nacimiento Road to Highway 101.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

It was a mountain road, very narrow and the traffic are coming from both way. Your driving skill would have to be very good, else thewhole car may fall down the cliff as there is no fencing.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Glad we were out from the narrow mountain road after an hour scary twists and sharp turns.

We realized the landscape changes too!  We are now coming into the American countryside, very rural.

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

American Agriculture

Seeing the american farming and agriculture is one of the thing interest me a lot.  I only get to see this in the movie!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Boundless Space!

I have never seen such a big agricultural farm in my life.  I saw agricultural in Asian country and Australia but nothing like this.  This is so huge!!  I wonder how do the American farmers cope with such a huge area?

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

Final thoughts :

I do Big Sur mainly because my next destination is Santa Barbara at the south.  Choose to use the Big Sur coastline stretch mainly because of the spectacular ocean view and the rugged cliff.  One can do as many stop as you wish in Big Sur, there are so many places where you can stop your car and check out the view.  Bring along snacks and drinks and have a full tank of petrol, things in Big Sur are expensive.  Hand phone may not work well in most part of Big Sur 🙂

USA Road Trip - California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!

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16 Replies to “USA Road Trip – California : Big Sur Drive, The World Most Scenic Drive!”

  1. wow, that really might be the most scenic drive. So pretty! Thanks for all the tips, I am definitely putting this on my to do list for the next time I visit California. That wooden bridge is really fantastic.

  2. Such a beautiful place! It reminds me of when I rode down the coast on my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles back in 2012.I am a native of California but had never seen how beautiful the coastline is.

  3. Wow you really captured some great scenery of California. I was there and I didn’t get to explore this at all. Now I wish that I had. The views are amazing, love them all!!

  4. Oh wow it really is the worlds most scenic drive and it looks incredible. I can see why so many people stop all the time to take it all in and snap pictures!

  5. I had no idea such a beautiful road existed! what a view, this is going to enter my wish list of places to visit. Your pictures are amazing!

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