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September 2nd, 2015

A great roadtrip is not just about its quality of tarmac… It is in fact the overall beauty of the natural scenery, its alluring vistas that wind down your troubles and worries away. The California Pacific Coast Highway is one such roadtrip route that a person must ride on before the end of their lives.

California Pacific Coastal Highway 03

The Road – is a 198 km smooth belt of tarmac that snakes along the coast line of California and take about 5 hours of leisurely riding. The road starts from history Monterey and flows through the art colony of Carmel, through Big Sur, where the mountains meet the Pacific. As the road travels further southwards, it turns into a majestic vista of oak filled hills as it passes the Hearst Castle towards Morro Bay.

The best part is that attached to the northern side of the highway is one of America’s most exciting racing circuits – The Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway which is just 10 miles (16 km) from the centre of Monterey.

Places on the way

Monterey bursts of historic marvels as it has served as the capital of California under Spanish, Mexican and American flags. Visit the Royal Presidio Chapel, Monterey State Historic Park, Custom House, Casa Soberanes, Larkin House and other tourist places like the Fisherman’s Warf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Carmel-by-the-sea is another interesting location down the road (4.8 kms south of Monterey) which is a quaint village filled with colourful cottages, restaurants, inns and shops, and art galleries with a beautiful beach front.

Caramel By The Sea Town On California Pacific Highway 1

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Big Sur

California Pacific Highway Big Sur

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Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean

Garrapata State Park

Garrapata State Park Monterey California State Highway

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Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge California pacific highway

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Morro Bay

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