California Highway One, AKA the Pacific Coast Highway, is one of the most scenic roads that you will find anywhere which makes it perfect for a road trip. Highway One is a 600 mile long road that runs along the California coast. I got to explore a small portion of it on a recent trip to Monterey Bay.
As much as I like driving on scenic roads it is sometimes nice to be a passenger and enjoy the ride. I boarded a van with fifteen of my newest blogger friends for a drive down the coast.
Our first stop was at the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Point Lobos is an impressive park with a lot to see and do. We spent a couple of hours hiking around looking at the scenery and wildlife. We saw a lot of newborn baby seals with their mothers. The hiking trails are mostly flat with a few easy to walk up hills.
When one of the other bloggers asked if we were going to be stopping at “The Bridge” I immediately knew which bridge she was talking about. I did not know the name of this famous bridge but I have seen it hundreds of times in photos. The Bixby Bridge opened in 1932 and is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world. The bridge deserves the attention it gets not only because of it impressive architecture but also for the beautiful scenery that surrounds it.
The redwood forests of Big Sur was our final stop before we turned around and headed back to Monterey. Of course you can’t have a road trip without food so we had lunch at the Big Sur Roadhouse. The Big Sur Roadhouse opened in 2013 and serves Cajun-California food. I like Cajun food so this was a nice surprise.
We sampled a number of items off the menu and I liked almost everything I tried. Two of my favorites were the Kale Caesar Salad and the Red Beans and Rice. I could have eaten the whole bowl of rice and beans myself if I did not have to share them with everyone else. The prices were reasonable and most of the items on the lunch menu were under $10. If the weather is nice I recommend sitting outside under the trees.
After lunch we went for a tour of the rooms at the Glen Oaks Adobe Motor Lodge which is located across the street from the roadhouse. The Motor Lodge has newly renovated rooms in 1950’s style buildings. The rooms are modern and comfortable. Unfortunately we did not get to stay here but I would like to return in the future for a few relaxing day.
- Entrance to Point Lobos State Reserve is $10 per vehicle. There is also some free parking along the road and you can walk into the park.
- Allow at least 4-5 hours for this itinerary.
- Room rates at the Motor Lodge start at $225 for a queen bed room.
DISCLAIMER: My visit was part of a trip sponsored by the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau. All opinions are my own. My opinion is that I really liked the area and will be returning in the future to explore more.