Snapshots from Shoreline Highway

We got to drive through another part of the famous Highway 1* a few weeks ago. This time it was the stretch North of San Francisco, as we were...
We got to drive through another part of the famous Highway 1* a few weeks ago. This time it was the stretch North of San Francisco, as we were on our way to Stinson Beach in Marin County. This stretch of the highway is called Shoreline Highway and goes up to Mendocino County in northern California.

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. πŸ™‚


* 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]

You might also want to check out this attraction on the Central Coast of California:
17 – Mile Drive

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53 Comments on this post.
  • R Niranjan Das
    12 September 2012 at 7:31 am
    • dNambiar
      12 September 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you Niranjan.
      …And I'd love to see all the pictures and hear about your coastal drive and experiences.
      Hey, the Belum Caves post was outstanding.

  • jaish_vats
    12 September 2012 at 7:45 am

    Hmm That has triggered an urge to go on a long drive…One thing I really miss here πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      12 September 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Jaish, do it this weekend — go on a nice long drive. Don't forget to write about it.

  • Kishan P
    12 September 2012 at 7:47 am

    B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L pics. The West Coast is blessed with scenic views all along.

    • dNambiar
      12 September 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Yes Kishan, blessed indeed. I got to do another stretch of Highway 1 a few days after this. The sad part is that it can get terribly foggy, even in the middle of summer. Not that fog isn't beautiful but driving through it could be pretty dangerous. πŸ™

  • Arti
    12 September 2012 at 8:27 am

    WOW! Those views are heavenly! I am all tuned for everything that is to follow, please put it up soon πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      12 September 2012 at 7:12 pm

      Yes, maam. πŸ™‚

  • AmitAag
    12 September 2012 at 10:44 am

    Fabulous photos Divya:) and I want more pleeease:)
    Long live Highway 1!

    • dNambiar
      12 September 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Your wish is my command, Amit. πŸ™‚

  • magiceye
    12 September 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Spectacular views beautifully captured!

    • dNambiar
      12 September 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Magiceye. You inspire me every day with those pictures of everyday-Mumbai.

  • Rahul Bhatia
    13 September 2012 at 2:56 am

    A lovely picturesque post Divya:) The last issue of Lonely Planet magazine edition carried some wonderful write up and pictures of drive from LA to SFO!

    • dNambiar
      13 September 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Yeah? I would love to read that. It's the same highway. The LA- SF stretch is the more travelled part. It's beautiful. πŸ™‚

  • Rachna
    13 September 2012 at 4:39 am

    This is so pretty.

    • dNambiar
      13 September 2012 at 5:21 pm


  • Ashwini
    13 September 2012 at 6:05 am

    Superb post and fantastic snaps!! This wonderful drive is in my wishlist too πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      13 September 2012 at 5:24 pm

      This is a must-do, Ashwini. You'll love it, I'm sure. πŸ™‚

    • dNambiar
      13 September 2012 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Nona
    13 September 2012 at 7:49 am

    Highway 1. πŸ™‚ I loved driving through this area.

    • dNambiar
      13 September 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I'm sure you did, Nona. There's nothing like that, right?
      We did the northern most part of Highway 1 recently; from the place where 1 actually starts till Mendocino(town).

  • Anonymous
    13 September 2012 at 8:08 am

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  • Rajesh
    13 September 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Beautiful place to drive through. I like that second shot.

    • dNambiar
      13 September 2012 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Rajesh. You've done some Highway 1 driving, right?

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    13 September 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I am going to drive on these roads some day

    • dNambiar
      13 September 2012 at 5:29 pm

      You must, Shrinidhi. You'll fall in love with Highway 1 and it'll be a drive you'll never forget.

  • Panchali
    13 September 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Dreamy pics, Divya:)) Have read about the Highways…got some glimpses today. Waiting for more…
    Fab blog!!Thanks for sharing…

    • dNambiar
      15 September 2012 at 12:58 am

      More pictures will come, I promise.
      Aww…Thank you so much. Thanks for all the support. It's such a joy to share these posts with people like you. πŸ™‚ Have a beautiful weekend.

  • Krishna
    14 September 2012 at 4:53 am

    beautiful photos…

    thanks for sharing…

    • dNambiar
      15 September 2012 at 12:59 am

      My pleasure Krishna. Thank you for dropping by. πŸ™‚

  • R.Ramakrishnan
    15 September 2012 at 10:43 am

    Spectacular shots Divya

    • dNambiar
      18 September 2012 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you, Mr. Ramakrishnan. πŸ™‚

  • Ghazala Hossain
    17 September 2012 at 6:32 am

    What a place..! You are so lucky, love all the pictures, every single one πŸ˜€

    • dNambiar
      18 September 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Ghazala. I'm so glad you like them. You're lucky too … I share all these with you. πŸ˜‰

  • Ayantika
    19 September 2012 at 10:05 am
    • dNambiar
      20 September 2012 at 1:20 am

      Who doesn't like drive by the seaside, right? Thank you Ayantika.

  • Saru Singhal
    19 September 2012 at 7:28 pm

    It is awesome, I will plan my next trip there.:) Thanks!

    • dNambiar
      20 September 2012 at 7:02 pm

      California's calling! πŸ™‚
      You'll love CA, Saru.

  • Purba
    20 September 2012 at 1:25 am

    This post made me so nistalgic. We did the Highway 1 stretch last year and finished at San Diego.

    • dNambiar
      20 September 2012 at 7:05 pm

      That must be from SF to San Diego, right? I'm sure it was a great experience.
      These pictures are from the part north of SF. It's foggier around here, even at noon. πŸ™‚

  • umashankar
    20 September 2012 at 8:20 am

    Someday I plan to drive down the Highway No 1. Till then, I'll have to be content with the reflected glories off your digital eyes! Those are great images.

    • dNambiar
      20 September 2012 at 7:07 pm

      We drove through another part of this highway a few days back. I'm going to be putting up those pictures too and luring you to CA. πŸ˜‰ Let me know when you come this side. We should meet up, USP. πŸ™‚

  • Pattu Raj
    22 September 2012 at 1:43 pm


    • dNambiar
      23 September 2012 at 3:52 am

      Isn't it! πŸ™‚

  • Bikramjit
    23 September 2012 at 10:52 am

    wow wow wow, This reminds me of OZ, We had a few miles of a coast drive along the beautiful sea..

    This is awesomeeeeeeeeeeeee


    • dNambiar
      27 September 2012 at 5:26 pm

      I've seen a few pictures of that road; that also along the Pacific :). Cool, na? I'm sure you loved that drive, we can never get tired of the sea, right?

  • Jay Singh
    5 October 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Wow, breathtaking views of PCH. It looks lovely in the pics, in reality it must have been even more mesmerizing πŸ™‚
    Looking forward to the day when I shall travel on this freeway πŸ™‚



    • dNambiar
      8 October 2012 at 11:06 pm

      It was. But they can get very foggy even in the middle of the summer and that can dampen the trip. The day we visited Stinson Beach (above) the fog was just moving away so it was ok. On another day when we were doing the northernmost stretch of the highway, visibility was very poor. We could barely see the roads and the couldn't see the ocean at all. :(.

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