California’s Iconic Highway 1 To Reopen Ahead Of Schedule! Here Are Details!

California’s Iconic Coastline Drive Is Almost Fixed!

I know, that view doesn’t suggest that anything is broken, does it?

This shot gives you an idea of the incredible beauty of a drive along California’s iconic highway one – running from Washington all the way down to Southern California – and this is Big Sur, south of Monterey, skating along the Pacific Ocean, where winter wether can wreck havoc on the coastline…

This shows you what happens when torrential rain and mudslides take out the highway – which is what happened at the beginning of the year!

But good news for travel fans! Highway 1 along Big Sur is expected to reopen by April 30, because work to repair a huge piece of roadway that crumbled during a storm is nearly two months ahead of schedule, Caltrans announced recently. 

As you can see from this photo, the scenic highway one makes its way along California’s rugged coastal cliffs, and has been closed since Jan. 28, when heavy rain triggered a landslide!

The washout left a 150-foot gap in the road!

This photo from 2011 shows you what happens when the hillside gives way: and this highway has suffered from multiple washouts over the past few years…a shame since it’s one of the most gorgeous drives in the world:

Yes, this area, about two hours south of San Francisco, is truly spectacular – but the coastline doesn’t give much room for a road, and that’s why it’s a constant battle against nature…but worth it!

Just north of Highway 1 in Big Sur is the coastal community of Carmel, and north of that is Monterey, home to this:

This is Monterey’s legendary “Cannery Row”, and it’s also the home for some local residents:

Yes, that giant fish and some colorful jellyfish live at Monterey’s Aquarium, home to so much sea life to see up close!

Check out one of the world’s most incredible Aquariums by clicking on my story here:

If you think this one is cool, don’t forget that Shanghai’s Aquarium has an UNDERWATER ESCALATOR:



If you keep driving along the coast through Northern California, the state of Oregon offers some incredible coastline as well:

Here’s a look at Oregon’s gorgeous beaches, and a drive-thru Redwood tree as well:

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26 replies

  1. Gorgeous! I’ve wanted to visit Big Sur ever since I watched The Sandpiper (1965)! 🙂

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  2. I’m thinking that post-vaccination, a road trip is in order! So gorgeous.


  3. Absolutely stunning. I read about these sorts of areas and drives in the American crime thrillers I’m obsessed by and of course the highway makes for memorable shots in films, too. I love the idea of a road trip through California. 😂

    So this was closed in January and will reopen by the end of April, giving them approx 3 months to restore the damage. Wow. We’ve had roadworks in our corner of the UK for simply resurfacing a stupid little roundabout going on for 2.5 YEARS!

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  4. I drove this once a long time ago. It is breathtaking!

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  5. Highway 1 has the most important scene in the children’s novel I’ve been working on—quite a drive but certainly not one to take if you’re in a rush to get somewhere.

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  6. Great story and pictures John! We just competed our trip to down 101 and Highway 1 to San Francisco and I was completely wowed (again) by the Oregon and California coasts. Both are incredible! I’m happy that the section south of San Francisco will reopen soon as we’d like to do that trip again too. We did it years ago but later attempts met with the washed out road.

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  7. Woah, the washout! I’d love to make that drive –

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  8. That must be an amazing drive to do, and it has featured in so many films too.
    Best wishes, pete.

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  9. One of the world’s iconic roads and one I would love to drive!

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  10. A very beautiful and scenic drive. We have a similar scenario in South Africa with our Chapman’s Peak which has been the subject of mud slides and rock falls.

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