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Roque from Rio de Janeiro asked

Pacific Coast Highway Status - LAX to SFO via US1

I'm traveling this month to LA and i want to drive to SFO via de PCH.

However researching google maps i've noticed that some parts of this highway have closed parts and i'm not sure if you can still use it to go to SFO or i have to go back and get another way to reach it.

So now, i ask, how to proceed in these cases?

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Colleen from Brooklyn

Due to a landslide in Big Sur a bridge collapsed, cutting off an entire section of Highway 1. They've had to completely demolish the bridge so it's unlikely to be open until fall at the absolute earliest (but i'm guessing it'll be much longer). There's a good article here:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-highway-1-road-closures-20170223-story.html

You can still do the drive for quite awhile up the 1 before you hit big sur, then you'll need to cut inland to the 5 in order to get to SFO.


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Roque
Colleen Clark, thank you so much!!! It will make my road trip more well planned. I'm planning to sleep in Pismo Beach and after that drive until Harmony, intercept the 46 Rd to the West, intercept 101, and go to Carmel. Is that a valid route? Would you go to Ragged Point and then come back to cross to 101 or there's a after Ragged Point to 101 that i don't know about? (going north that is) Google Maps say i have to return to 46 (green valley rd) going south and then going north again (just ask directions from Ragged Point to Carmel and you'll see what i see). Once again, thank you so so much.
 
 
 

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amy from New York City

We just did the same thing, and unfortunately the entire stretch of the Pacific Coast Hwy along Big Sur is closed, from Ragged Point thru the northern edge of the Park.. You'd have to head inland and take the 101.


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Roque
Amy hello! Did you go all the way to Ragged Point and came back to the green valey road (46)? What did you like the most coming from LA? Did you like Pismo Beach? Did you stay somewhere between LA and Ragged Point? Thank you once again and have a great week!
 

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Yes, we drove all the way up to Ragged Point (the road is closed literally just yards passed that little rest area there), then came back and cut in across 46. We did spend one night in Santa Barbara pre-Ragged Point, just to unwind after LA, and because the back-and-forth detours were going to make for an obviously longer drive north. Pismo and San Simeon are both worthwhile stops, if not for the night, atleast for a quick stop. Then we stayed in Monterey on the northern end of the trip for a few days (my favorite place by far !), before hitting San Fran. Hope that helps :)
 

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Also, be careful with Google Maps. It led us to believe that some of the roadway along hwy 1 within Big Sur was open further than it actually was, and some of the small roads within the Park itself could be used to cut east/west. Unfortunately, that is not the case at all. Just keep that in mind.
 

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Thank you once again! Have a great weekend!
 
 
 

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Duke

Hi Roque,

Like you said, the road is closed because the heavy rains that we had  in the last months. This area isn't prepared for that. You can reach the US1 in south of Big Sur and at the north of Monterey.
My recommendation is take the 101S and when you be near from Santa Barbara, you could visit Solvang, is a very beautiful city and not to popular.
You can also use the 5 highway but you don't have any nice city to stay at night if you're tired. The traffic from LA at beginning is always crowed and take at least 7 to 8 hours to do the all trip.

Best!


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