It’s been featured in works by Steinbeck and Kerouac (not to mention an ungodly number of car commercials), and it’s undeniably one of the most scenic roads in the United States.
But California’s Highway 1 is way more than just a pretty drive. It provides access to some of the coast’s best hiking, and to some of its coolest bars and restaurants. So this week, we rounded up our favorite opportunities to enjoy those things together around Big Sur. Just do so responsibly, of course.
The Fall Creek Trail / Santa Cruz Brewing
The Fall Creek trail in Henry Cowell State Park is a densely wooded hike through redwoods and into a canyon near Ben Lomond Mountain. The descent in and out of the canyon is strenuous, and there are no bridges at the river crossings, making the 8.2 mile hike a great choice for more experienced hikers.