We are planning to arrive at SFO April 28 , get a car and head to south on rt. one...wanted to see big sur and continue to san Simone to see Hearst castle. Any advise?
There arent any road closures between SF and Monterey (mainnroads, at least) so take whatever route you normally would have. From Monterey, continue south into Big Sur - you can go about 25 miles south. Then turn around, head north and take Hwy 68 over to Hwy 101 south. To get to Hearst Castle, you will take Hwy 46 to the coast to connect with Hwy 1 again.
OK thankyou..we are thinking we should stay a nite enroute since we get in at like 730 pm.does Santa Cruz sound low stress and yet on the way south? Then big Sur or not... we d have daylight hours to head to Hearst castle...and still see some of that coast north of there?
If the road is open in early may it won't matter!
"....If the road is open in early may it won't matter!"...
It won't be. A bridge needs to be replaced and that will take months. 25 miles of Big Sur is accessible coming from the north. Only Ragged Point on the very most southern end is accessible right now. They hope to have more of the south end open sometime in May, so you might luck out and be able to drive part way up coming from the south.
Santa Cruz is about 1 1/2 to 2 hours from SFO. That's kind of a long haul after a long flight and a huge time difference for you. I would aim for Half Moon Bay via Highway 92. Then the following morning make your way down Highway 1 through Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel and that 25 miles of accessible Big Sur, which includes the worthwhile Point Lobos State Reserve and Bixby Bridge. But you will have to detour back toward Monterey and take Highway 68 over to Salinas to connect with Highway 101 south to Highway 46 West (Do NOT confuse with Highway 46 East toward Fresno/Bakersfield) to Highway 1 North. Cambria is 4 miles from the 46/1 junction. Hearst Castle is 8 miles north of Cambria.Edited: 02 April 2017, 06:14