Where should I stop between LA and Big Sur?
9 Best Stops on an LA to Big Sur Road Trip
- Santa Barbara.
- Pismo Beach.
- Hearst Castle.
How long does it take from LA to Big Sur?
The drive from Los Angeles to Big Sur typically takes about 4 hours, although that definitely depends on traffic in the LA area.
How long does it take to drive Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco?
approximately 8.5-9 hours
Tips for Driving the PCH from L.A. to San Francisco Without stopping, it takes approximately 8.5-9 hours to drive from LA to San Francisco on Highway 1. Keep in mind that this is NOT a 55 MPH highway. Your average speed will be around 35 MPH for about 95 miles (between San Simeon and Monterey.)
How many miles is Big Sur from Los Angeles?
The 295-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Big Sur takes 5 hours and 40 minutes of driving to complete. Stops include the cities of Malibu, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo, as well as Los Padres National Forest, Morro Bay, and Hearst Castle.
How many days do you need in Big Sur?
If you are staying in the area, we recommend spending at least 2-3 days in the area. There are so many beautiful hikes, beaches, and nearby towns that will make it easy to fill those three days. One of the best parts about visiting Big Sur is not being rushed and taking the time to enjoy the area at a relaxing pace.
What is the correct way to Big Sur?
Regardless of your origin point, a Big Sur road trip is best done north-to-south. All of the beaches, nearly all of the overlooks and many of the state parks are oceanside and the west side lane gives you the best views. If you are day tripping from San Francisco, going north/south is your natural routing anyway.
What is the best time of year to visit Big Sur?
The most popular time to visit Big Sur is between April to October, when the weather is nicest. (Though one should be warned that the marine layer coats much of the coast in the mornings during parts of the high season.) Businesses are not open as long during the off-peak season.
What is the best part of Highway 1?
For this adventure, the best place to stop along Highway 1 is at the Elephant Seal Vista Point. In addition to elephant seals and lighthouses, San Simeon offers many more things to see on Highway 1. Travel back in time with a tour of opulent Hearst Castle, the home of historic newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst.
Is the 1 open through Big Sur?
It’s true! Highway 1 is open. To get the latest road condition information for the entire State of California, visit the CalTrans website.