Incredible Highway One Drive

We spent the last day of our bay area trip by exploring the Big Sur region and one of the most scenic drives in the world, Highway One. Big Sur is in central coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. As it is a region, not a city or a landmark there is no exact start or end point. We drove around 200 miles(one way) between SFO & Hearst Castle to explore the area. Although this distance can be covered in 4 hours (as Google map suggests) it practically takes much more (we spent around 7-8 hours) to reach the castle from SFO. The reason is the route is so incredibly gorgeous you will find an irresistible urge to pull out at every turn. Hearst castle is the property built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst for his friends, the who’s who of American film & political society of that time.It featured  56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 127 acres of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a movie theater, an airfield, and the world’s largest private zoo.Now it is a California Historical Landmark.Very near to the castle (4 miles) there was a unique sight of thousands of elephant seals enjoying sun.On our way back we did the magnificent 17 mile drive which is also a breathtakingly beautiful drive.Some photos from the trip:

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Elephant Seals

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Note: For the full album and full size higher resolution photos please check out

http://500px.com/AbhishekRoy1/sets/big_sur

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