Personal Experience: I created this page to encourage you to take these scenic routes if you're road-tripping up north. These highways are STUNNING and really help mold a beautiful, memorable vacation. A huge part of the journey is the drive. You might as well make it a gorgeous one!
We've always taken the Highway 101 to the 1, but this past trip we ended up taking the 46 after visiting the Eberle Winery. Totally worth the drive! Our jaws dropped the whole time. Photos cannot really do the scenery justice!
These photos were all taken over the course of several trips
The rest of the photos are from the 1 & 101. These are not in any order from most south onward, sorry!
One of the many things I love is once you get near San Luis Obispo or the Hearst Castle, it is often quite foggy throughout most of the day. It adds such a surreal touch to the drive:
It's all so dreamy!
Used one of our water cups and made fresh-squeezed orange/grapefruit juice. YUM! We then chilled and enjoyed the view"
Near the pier by Hearst Castle:
A zebra! I think he thinks he's a cow! :P Rumor is a few zebras escaped from the Hearst Castle a long time ago. He can be seen right off of Highway 1 near the Hearst Castle so keep your eyes peeled.
I spied on him with my zoom lense:
Uh oh, he notices me!
We found this strange thing near Santa Cruz, still right off the 1:
We've slept on the side of the road in our car in Big Sur off of Highway 1. It's more common than you think and it was magical. :)
I captured the milky way for my first time out here!
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park