Highway 1 runs about 90 miles through this rugged Big Sur coastline and is absolutely stunning. The tall and wild Santa Lucia mountains plummet into the energetic Pacific Ocean. Sea otters, which were thought to be extinct, were discovered living along the wild Big Sur coastline. At one beach, you can stop and check out hundreds of elephant seals. There is a lot of great hiking, check out the book, 'Day Hikes Around Big Sur by Robert Stone for a comprehensive list of hiking trails.
There are many places to stay along this route. Our favorite is Treebones (a yurt resort). Ask for #16 if you go, that's the only yurt directly near the cliffs and away from the others, making it the most private. And the other place we've enjoyed is the Big Sur Campground & Cabins. They have the best rates and we like the canvas tents that are next to the Big Sur River. Ask for the tent, 'Poppy'.
Nepenthe is a famous restaurant found along this route, but an inexpensive eatery with good food can be found right next door named Kevah. At Kevah, the entire patio overlooks the fabulous view and is outdoor seating. While at Nepenthe, the outdoor seating is limited. There's a cute shop there where you can find locally made jewelry, clothing and books about the history of the area. Big Sur has always attracted many artists from around the world.
If you're planning a trip to California, be sure and make some time to explore this gorgeous coastline! Tip: If you go in summer, book well in advance.