If you are driving from San Francisco, Highway 1 starts a little north of what many like to call Rainbow tunnel (on William T Bagley Freeway) where 101 forks and goes off to Mill Valley.
Once you turn left and enter Highway 1, be aware that you are driving into mountainous area. The highway goes up and down and up again before it makes a descent towards Stinson Beach.
It is a two-lane road around here and if there is fog, driving can be quite difficult considering the many turns this highway takes around the Marin Hills. On a clear day, you will see the beautiful blue of the mighty Pacific on the left.
There are a few places where you can stop and take in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific coast. Most of the Shoreline Highway is craggy with small peaks and even some steep drops. Look out for Stinson Beach and Bolinas Bay as you drive down. The view is awesome.
Here are a few pictures from Shoreline Highway:
Stay tuned for more from drives along Highway 1. 🙂
* Highway 1 is considered to be one of the most scenic routes in the United States. This highway which is actually California State Route 1 runs along the length of the state along he Pacific Coast. The pictures above are from the Shoreline Highway – the part of SR 1 that lies north of San Francisco Bay Area.
Towards the central Coast of California, Highway 1 comes to be called Cabrillo Highway.
It runs all the way to Orange County in Southern California
|Shoreline Highway/Highway 1 and Stinson Beach (A) [Google Maps]|
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