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Old 03-08-2011, 02:37 PM   #1
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Afraid of Heights? - Route 1 from San Simeon to Santa Cruz

So we just got back from our first California adventure!
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Drive up to San Jose - Winchester House
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It was on this trip that I realized who in our party of 8 was afraid of heights. Suffice it to say there was a moderate amount of white knuckles and panic while driving up route 1. It was also foggy, so it looked like the end of the world up there. Pretty though.
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Uh yeah, probably a good thing to ask of your travel party beforehand Sorry you weren't properly warned. Hwy 1 down the Big Sur coast is my favorite drive in the world. It's such a privilege to live so close to it!

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Uh yeah, probably a good thing to ask of your travel party beforehand Sorry you weren't properly warned. Hwy 1 down the Big Sur coast is my favorite drive in the world. It's such a privilege to live so close to it!

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It's a little less scary going north! Unless there is a spot where the road is worn away! Or a boulder has fallen into the road! Seriously, this has happened.
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It's a little less scary going north! Unless there is a spot where the road is worn away! Or a boulder has fallen into the road! Seriously, this has happened.
Actually, it DID indeed! we were driving along, and sure enough, there was a boulder in the road. I think if we had gone south, the folks I mentioned might have died right there.
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Ok I read the title and got scared! Yes I'm afraid of heights, we're taking Amtrak from Anaheim to San Luis Obispo, and then spending a couple of nights there, the day after we get there we're renting a car and driving up to San Simeon. Is this the area you are refering to that is scary? I don't mind driving along narrow roads, as long as it's not so close you can see straight down!!
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Ok I read the title and got scared! Yes I'm afraid of heights, we're taking Amtrak from Anaheim to San Luis Obispo, and then spending a couple of nights there, the day after we get there we're renting a car and driving up to San Simeon. Is this the area you are refering to that is scary? I don't mind driving along narrow roads, as long as it's not so close you can see straight down!!
Nah, if you're only going as far as San Simeon, you should be fine. This was further north between San Simeon and Santa Cruz.
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Oh good, thanks! Where is Cambria, is it close to San Simeon? I've heard it's a great little town..
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Oh good, thanks! Where is Cambria, is it close to San Simeon? I've heard it's a great little town..
It's right before you hit San Simeon. We didn't stop in, but have a picture of the sign cause we have a friend who has that as a first name
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You can also take hwy 101 to get to these places. The coastal route is gorgeous though but more hair raising going south for sure!

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Southbound is way worse than North bound
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How scary is the drive southbound from San Francisco to Big Sur? Or is it worse south of Big Sur down the coast?
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How scary is the drive southbound from San Francisco to Big Sur? Or is it worse south of Big Sur down the coast?
San Fran to Big Sur is a pleasant drive.
Big Sur to San Simeon is gorgeous but (its been many many years so if it has changed I am unaware) single undivided lanes, on the edge of the cliffs, twisty & windy
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Thank you for your advice. We plan on following the coast from San Francisco to Big Sur then take Interstate 5 down to Anaheim to save some time. Does anyone have a better way to get to Anaheim from Big Sur/Monterey area?
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Thank you for your advice. We plan on following the coast from San Francisco to Big Sur then take Interstate 5 down to Anaheim to save some time. Does anyone have a better way to get to Anaheim from Big Sur/Monterey area?
OK, but you're gonna miss the best scenery that way!

Your last chance to get off highway 1 before the Big Sur coast is at Monterey. Take CA 68 west to Salinas, then US 101 south all the way down to LA. Beware of the speed trap at King City; slow down to the limit for 5 miles before and 5 miles after King City. Other than that, you're golden.

For a slightly faster, and certainly more boring, route, assuming you're coming down Highway 1 from SF to Santa Cruz, you can try the following. Exit 1 at the Main St Watsonville exit (CA 152). Follow it through town (notice the beautiful historic Catholic church on your right). When you're almost out of town, turn left on CA 129 (Burger King, just before the bridge). Take 129 about 10 miles to US 101. Go south on 101 for just a couple of miles. Exit on CA 156 east. Follow the 156 bypass around Hollister (i.e., don't go into Hollister, unless you're curious about the town where The Wild Ones with Marlon Brando was shot). 156 ends when it dumps into CA 152. Continue east on CA 152 over Pacheco pass. A few miles on the other side of the pass, you can pick up Interstate 5 south, which you'll take all the way to DLR.

This is all my neck of the woods. It's actually easier than it sounds. Or you can rely on your GPS

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