The most famous road in California: Highway 1

28 May 2019 - Written by Benoit lafond

This mythical road, also known as Route 1, runs along the Pacific from San Francisco to Los Angeles. A spectacular view, an infinite ocean, a rainbow of flowers and sometimes even whales depending on the season…


The road is 882.87 km long and was created in 1934. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre took it during a trip to California.

Its main point remains Big Sur, made up of cliffs that seem to fall steeply into the ocean, often drowned in fog. Big Sur is sparsely populated, so the area has remained very wild. Big Sur also offers one of the most beautiful views in the world thanks to Cone Peak. It is the highest coastal mountain in the United States, outside Alaska and Hawaii. This peak rises to an altitude of 1,600 metres and is only 4.8 km from the ocean.

As you will have understood, hiking is very popular in this region. Climbing up to the top of Cone Peak, for example, you will get a complete view of the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Los Padres National Forest to the east. At the top is a former fire watchman where hikers can take a break and enjoy the unlikely view.

With the big yellow bus, we cross this incredible road, we stop to eat a barbecue and we let off steam during the track…


So, how about it?