Not only was a I surprised when my twisting, winding road through the forest suddenly gave way to jaw dropping coastal views and cliffs, but I was also surprised that no one was there! I decided they could call it the Lonely Coast since I seemed to be the only one around. Forget the crowds of gawkers at Highway 1’s Big Sur and head further north where you will have the views to yourself. The steep coastal cliffs north of Westport is where Highway 1’s coastal driving route begins. Highway 1 (also called Shoreline Highway in this part of California) gets you as close as it possibly can to the edge at times. And there are plenty of places to pull over, park the van, and get out and listen to the crashing waves.