California’s Highway 1
Thomas had never been down Highway 1, so returning from northern California, we decided to follow the coast. Along the way, we stopped at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, one of the parks rumored to be closing due to budget cuts.
As you can see from the picture of the park’s stunning beach above, that would have been a complete tragedy. Luckily, as we mentioned in our previous posting, the state parks have been saved – for the time being.
I’ve driven down Highway 1 countless times, but the wind-blown cypresses, spectacular cliffs, white-sand beaches, and raging seas thrill each time anew. It’s also remarkably undeveloped considering this is the stretch of California between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Highway 1 is hardly an unknown traveler’s secret. In fact, driving the legendary road is the reason many tourists come to California. But it is worth reminding people that what many might write off as a stale cliche, is indeed every bit as beautiful as the guidebooks suggest. Sometimes the tourist cliches are cliches for a reason.