Monday, October 12, 2015

Maitlands Go West: 17-Mile Drive & Big Sur

Our original goal of this first anniversary trip was to drive the scenic California coast.  We ended up detouring a tad to incorporate trips to games at each of the California football stadiums, but we did managed to still explore a good portion of Highway 1.

When we were in Monterey, I saw a brochure for the 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach.  It looked like a fun adventure with some great views so we went for it.  There was a small fee of $10 to enter the private drive, but it was well worth it.  Upon entry, we were given a map that highlighted key stops along the drive. It didn't really matter though because at every turn there was a spectacular view.  We stopped several times for photos!

After our 17-Mile Drive exploration, we ventured further south on Hwy 1 into Big Sur country.  I can't possibly describe the beauty of this area.  It was overwhelming!  Our main mission was to find Bixby Bridge before sunset.  We were initially fooled by Rocky Creek Bridge, but we ultimately achieved our goal.  Bixby Bridge was stunningly beautiful as the sun retreated for the day.

As the sunset, we took a ride over the bridge and then headed North toward San Fransisco where we planned to spend the bulk of our time in California.

Have you ever been amazed by the beauty of our country?

Andrea :)


  1. These photos are AMAZING- I can't imagine seeing this in person!! Jared and I are hoping to go west for our vacation next year!

  2. Beautiful! Another blogger I follow was just in the same area. I've never been that way, but you both are making me want to go!