Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway stretches along California's coast. (©Doug Meek/Shutterstock)

Big Sur and Highway 1: What Travelers Need to Know About the Landslide

By Lisa Kaylor on 05/30/17

The Pacific Coast Highway has a giant kink in it after a major landslide on May 20, 2017, and travelers taking a perfect coastal road trip are being routed around the closed area. 

Planning a road trip through California? Don't cancel the plans just yet. The iconic road stretches more than 600 miles along California's coast: the affected section is a 30-mile stretch between Big Sur and Ragged Point, California; the highway is open north and south of the destruction.

Travelers can avoid the closed section by taking the inland State Route 101, bypassing the closed area. The scenic 17-mile drive along the Pacific Coast Highway from Monterey to Carmel, California—a quaint, seaside town—is a trip beloved by locals. Roadtrippers can continue through Big Sur, as the town itself is also open.

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