Pacific Coast Highway 1 (Highway 101)
runs through Northern California, down
Central Coastal Region through Southern
California and ends at the Mexican Border. Many
of these areas are the most beautiful
coastal areas which are blessed with
natural habitats, redwood estates
and national parks.
Golden hills, lush green mountain ranges,
cliffs, beaches, small and big towns from
Eureka and Mendocino down to
Bodega Bay*, Point Lobo, Pacifica a
heaven for fishing and sightseeing.
Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey,
Carmel and Big Sur.
(* Bodega Bay used to be Salmon fishing
industry. 1980, government gave incentive
tax break for fishing boat.)
The Central Coastal portion of
Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1)
run from Northern California through
Big Sur and Cambria.
Driving time: 3-4 hours
Best season: Spring through fall
Santa Cruz beach and its Broadwalk is
famous for Surf City and the gateway to
the Monterey Bay and the world famous
Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Carmel and it's region boast of 17 miles
drive, Pebble Beach Spy Glass golf course,
Carmel-at-the-sea, the Village, the cottages,
art galleries and Carmel Mission.
The road winds along some of California's most
pristine coastline, featuring rugged canyons,
fog-shrouded cliffs and windswept cypress trees.
Several state parks offer camping and hiking,
and you can sight sea lions at hidden beaches
secluded from the road. Road trippers can kick
off or end the drive with stops in Monterey,
home of the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium
(north) or the famed Hearst Castle (south).
Information: Monterey County Travel and
Most of Northern Coast California are
symbolized by red wood trees, coastline
with cool climate. National park that
provide spectacular playground for hiking,
fishing, horseback riding and camping ground.
The coastal weather is cool even
during the summer and the sceneries of
coastal areas are so calm and natural.
There are many places to visit and
many, many interest things to do.
Annual Jazz Festival in Monterey
starts around the end of September.
Vineyards and wineries in Sonoma, Napa
Valley & Healdsburg regions. Rugged
shorelines and Fishing villages in North
Coast with fishing industries even in
San Francisco and Monterey areas.
There are ranches, orchards, and
farmlands are some of the agricultures
in the coastal areas of Northern
In Northern part of San Francisco, Point Reyes
National Seashore is a national park that
provides hundred of miles of trails. Point
Reyes is blessed with multiple personalities:
windswept bluffs at Mount Tomales Point and
its herd of tule elk, steep ridgelines of
dense forest, miles of vacant beaches, and
history that sweeps back through the mists
At Bear Valley Visitors Center there is a
lovely spot well worth a stop. And just a few
hundred yards from here are three other
fascinating places that interpret the human
and natural histories of Point Reyes.
Kule Loklo, a re-creation of a native Miwok
The roots of the Miwok people in Point Reyes
are thousands of years old.
The lighthouse at Point Reyes is one of the most
scene spots along the entire California coast.
It can also be one of the foggiest at time.
The area also is mixed with towns and stores.
on the hilly and winding Highway 1, further
down south, is Stinson Beach.