How to visit Big Sur and the Central Coast despite the Highway 1 closure. Wild and incomparably beautiful, Big Sur is fabled for mountains that plunge to the surf and majestic redwood forests cloaked in ocean fogs. The Central Coast region inspires the many artists who live here as well as visitors who venture to the region via Highway 1, perhaps the world’s most scenic drive.
The storms of winter 2017 wreaked havoc on the area’s natural beauty, causing mudslides and fallen boulders that led to closures of the iconic thoroughfare. While Big Sur is famous for such iconic spans as the graceful, 85-year-old Bixby Bridge, it was an anonymous crossing above a gorge that made headlines: Eroded hillsides had undermined the support columns for the 320-foot-long Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Before long, cracks developed and the bridge buckled. So Big Sur is currently cut in two. That’s the bad news. From the North Drive this roughly 30-mile section to the current turnaround point at the Big Sur Ranger Station and you’ll experience many of Big Sur’s highlights. From the South. Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise - San Francisco | Viator. Pelican Inn Monterey (Monterey, USA) | Expedia. Big Sur Riverside Campground & Cabins. Big Sur travel guide. Big Sur Understand Big Sur coastline with glimpse of Bixby Bridge, Highway 1 Big Sur Village is a mile-long village containing gas stations, roadside markets, lodges and restaurants.
Big Sur is known as a destination for the "Merry Pranksters" in the 1960s. For more information visit the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce , which is continually updated with a Calendar of Events. Get in By car Big Sur is a remote area accessible only via Highway 1. From San Francisco take US-101 south to CA-156 west which merges with Highway 1 20 miles from the beginning of the Big Sur area. From Los Angeles take US-101 north and exit onto Highway 1 toward Morro Bay/Hearst Castle which is 45 miles south of the end of Big Sur. By bus SLO RTA route 15 goes as far north as San Simeon. Get around By car Easiest way to get around. By bus Monterey-Salinas Transit route 22 bus (see above) stops at several state parks, the Big Sur River Inn, and Nepenthe. By bike Locations: