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Highway One’s Most Scenic Stops

Pull over along California’s classic road trip route for these essential spots

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California’s coast-hugging Highway 1 is what dream drives are made of. The iconic roadway—which extends for more than 650 miles from Dana Point north to Leggett—offers endless vistas overlooking the Pacific, with plenty of redwood trees and wildlife sightings along the way. The most well-known (and photographed) stretch runs along California’s Central Coast from Santa Barbara to Monterey, passing by the unspoiled coastline of Big Sur.

Regardless of where you start and end your Highway 1 journey, be sure to pull over at these must-see spots along the way, listed in order of south to north—which keep the panoramic ocean views on your left.

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