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Big Sur Coast, near Coast Gallery

Big Sur Coast, near Coast Gallery


  1. I am planning (hoping) to be able to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Thursday June 23… and would like to partake of the visual, visceral and vicarious pleasures of Highway 1. Will it be completely open by then?

    • Caltrans is stating Highway 1 will be open “mid-June.” If they meet their schedule you’ll be fine. Check back when you get closure to your travel date.

  2. Is highway 1 barriered all along the coast ?

  3. Had a Outstanding visit back in March 3-9 with my Wife. Attended Daughters Wedding Pacific Grove. Drove down from SF PCH all the way to Big Sur awesome. Even spent sometime at Ft Ord where I took Basic Training(Jul-Aug 1973) along with two other close friends I grew up with in Upper Darby Pa. What a great area met alot of good people along the way.

  4. We’re 4 Australians hoping to drive Highway 1 from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in the 2nd week of June 2012. With the road-work, is it still possible to get through or is there a detour inland? Any information would be gratefully received

    • You’ll have no problem. Highway 1 is open. There is always roadwork going on along this stretch of Highway 1 but there are no closures at the moment.

    • We are Aussies as well and left Big Sur Mar 28 and got to the road closure about 15 mins after it had happened, heading for LA. We had to turn around and head back to Montery, so our short day became 10 hours on the road. It was the end of our month long trip, we’d driven 9000 kms (5000 miles). We’ve driven Hwy 1 from LA-SFO (both directions) about 5 times, we’ve always been lucky. Have fun and be careful out there.

  5. We are a brasilian family travelling on California ends of april and may – we are planning to drive from carmel to San Luis obispo on april 29th, but I noticed that this day is going to happen the big sur marathon , will I can do this travel? Thanks for help.

  6. Planning on driving to Big Sur from San Simeon on fri June 8th. Will highway 1 be open?

    • Highway 1 is open!

  7. Traveling from LA on Dec 28 to SF via SR1..any major closures or construction detours? Many thanks for a response.

  8. Leaving Anaheim on Saturday, August 24, 2013 and plan to drive the PCH all the way to Carmel. From what I’m reading, it seems like the construction project will almost be complete by then. Do you anticipate any road closures at that point that would prevent us from taking that route?

    • Hi Danielle,
      Should be no closures but check back on this blog and if anything comes up we’ll publish it.

  9. We are an Aussie couple about to embark the Californian road trip from Santa Cruz to LA on this coming Saturday. (Dec 21st 2013). We have been watching the news closely regarding the terrible fires in the big sur – Pfeiffer Ridge. Currently your reports state Hwy 1 is still open, however is it safe for tourist to pass through, especially with the emergency crew and fires so close?

    We do pray that they get the fire under control.

    • Hi Karen,
      Yes, it is safe. The fire is out now and the air quality is returning to normal. I was watching the news last night as well and unfortunately they were showing video clips that were several days old because they had all the fire images in it. This gives the impression the fire is still ongoing but it isn’t. Just sensationalized journalism. Enjoy the drive and keep your eyes out for migrating whales and soaring California condors!

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