I HAD ALWAYS DREAMED of driving along California’s Highway 1, having seen it in bits and pieces in the past. When the opportunity of a friends reunion approached, I suggested we pick this drive to spend quality time together. It wasn’t too difficult convincing my friends as two of them already lived in the Bay Area. We decided to start driving from the North in San Francisco to down South in LA. All went according to the plan except one thing: a big part of Highway 1 in the Big Sur area has been closed for the past few months. That was a big disappointment as Big Sur was one of the main reasons for me to drive this highway. Nevertheless, we quickly put together plan B in place — a small detour and few additional towns got added in the itinerary to replace Big Sur.
These 15 photos below will take you along the drive with us from the coasts of San Francisco to Los Angeles. Our plan B gave us an opportunity to explore more of Central California. It was especially exciting this year to see the landscape pop with color due to California’s super bloom.