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Old 10th September 2009, 10:33   #16
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I've done Route-1 all the way from LA to Bay area. Loved that drive - took me through a lot of country side. But the most scenic part is still what most people do - the section towards SFO..

One of those drives, had ripped my V6 Accord well beyond the posted speed limits. Was younger, and less wise. And missed a lot of scenery too .. Let me search for any pics
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Wow man, those pics bring back the memories of the amazing drive we had from San Jose to Las Vegas via LA. CA 1 rocks, and to top it all up we had a V8 Pontiac Grand Prix with over 300 horses to propel us along the way. For a short burst I'd driven at ~120 mph and it was so amazing ripping along the ocean with such a responsive car.
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Wow! I too have great memories of driving down this scenic road. Have quite a few snaps as well. Will upload them soon...As mentioed by some here, the best part is between Santa Cruz and North California, we've been up to a small town called Eureka...

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Lovely pics----I've missed this road during my 100 day stint in Bay Area a few years back. Did drive to Vegas via LA, but took the boring, but faster freeway---think it was Interstate 5.
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@Vnabhi, then why didnt you try cutting across Death Valley, Mono Lake, Tioga pass, Yosemite & the lovely roads back to SFO ?

Explore it ! That's the name of the game ..




I WANT TO GO BACK !!

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we've been up to a small town called Eureka
Thats the exact place we stayed at. We went by 101 North. Then did some rounds on Avenue of the Giants - it passes through some of the tallest Redwoods and stayed at Eureka. Next day, we went for the "Lost Coast Drive"
it passes through one of the most beautiful and very sparsely populated region on CA coast. Joined back 101 near the boundary of Humboldt county, and drove back through Napa and Sonoma valleys visiting a couple of vineyards in between.
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Great pictures , well I just returned back from a trip to Australia and had a journey through the famous Great Ocean Drive near Melbourne. It is rated as one of the most scenic drives and boy she was beautiful. The drive is similar to Californian drive except that it is a bit colder and you have chances to see a few Koalas, take a walk inside a beautiful rainforest, come across beautiful meadows and beaches. This is only a 4 hr drive from Melbourne and I would recommend it as a must see drive.

I have driven from Vegas to LA passed through Death valley. It was a nice drive through the desert, came across some great business ideas like this water park in the middle of the desert. I had a Chrysler SUV and boy she was awesome. But looks like the real fun is only from LA to SFO. I hope I get to see this stretch as well.
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Great pics!

I did the exactly same stretch (SF to Big Sur) during the Thanksgiving break. Really loved the Pigeon Point Lighthouse and the Bixby Bridge en route.

Sadly though, did it in a rental Hyundai Accent
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the road texture is like amazing,
the materials used for construction helps you to lean and carry speeds throughout and i believe they have a say in braking distances too...
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California has some 'out of this world' places. Route 1 is one of them ...

@Meghan - you make me miss it all .. thanks for those pics.
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Hai,

Great pictures there...... thinking about this stretch a lot.

Plan to do it all the way down from the Mexican Border, thro. LA to SFO thro Redwoods till the Canadian border some time down the line.

Keep those pictures coming..... soothing sights for the soul

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Couldn't agree more!! They are akin to paintings!! Lovely pics!

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Wow! Are these pictures or paintings? Never thought CA could be that beautiful on the sea.
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Abhijit, Lovely pics. Please let us know the camera you used and filters used.

Do share more.
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Whoa!! Superb photos there! The beaches look enticing for a dip (not possible/ allowed?!), and the lighthouse shot is one romantic shot!
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abhijitaparadh yes, you had two dogs of a car. anyone in the states knows that dodge/chrysler suck. the pt cruiser is just a popular body on top of the dodge neon, the cheapest product of chrysler.
sounds like you had a good time though and thats what counts in the end.
the reason the rental companies use mostly american cars is that they are cheap and parts and maintenance are cheap too.
you are lucky to get a japanese car.
beautiful shots too.
hope to take the bullet there someday.
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