Tour details: Here are the details: meet in San Jose (off Hwy 101 & Hwy 85 – Bernal Road exit see below for more details)
and caravan down to Monterey/Carmel area and down Pacific Coast Hwy 1.
The directions to this route are pretty straight forward since it stays on one road, highway 1, the whole time.
The route is part of a stretch of Route One that was voted to be one of the “10 Best Drives” by the members of USAA insurance in 99 and made the list of 120 road trips highlighted in the Reader’s Digest book “The Most Scenic Drives In America” Along this route you will see coastal scenery that will leave you breathless. Opposite the ocean, inland scenery is as inspiring with its display of rolling hills, rock outcroppings, picturesque waterfalls, redwood forests, flowered meadows, lush valleys, and majestic coastal mountains. Along the route you will see a number of light houses, 18th century Spanish missions, and a variety of animal life including sea lions, sea otters, sharks, bat rays, gray whales, brown pelicans, and peregrine falcons as well as monarch butterfly winter sanctuaries.
Perched 800ft above the Pacific on a rocky promontory, Nepenthe Restaurant has the second-best view on the Big Sur coast.
WEATHER CAM: http://www.nepenthebigsur.com/images/weather-cam.html
See this Nepenthe Live Cam during daytime for great view:
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Check out today’s view South from Nepenthe’s back verandah
Nepenthe’s Verandah is like the prow of a ship. From this deck, visitors can enjoy a view of the early morning sunrise over the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, a relaxing afternoon, an intimate evening or a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean. While there can be a wait for this small deck, it is always worth it.
You will also cross the much photographed Bixby Bridge (you’ve probably seen this bridge in a few movies, postcards or TV commercials). It arches 256 feet above the meeting of the Bixby Creek and Pacific ocean.
Just south of Bixby Bridge, the Point Sur Lighthouse stands atop a 360ft-high volcanic rock rising straight out of the surf. In continuous operation from 1899 to 1974, today it’s part of a state historic park that you can visit only by guided tour (reservations not accepted).