Tons of friends have told us that we HAVE to take Highway 1 up the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts. So, upon leaving San Francisco, we got on to Highway 1 right outside of Sausalito and headed north. Granted, Highway 1 isn’t the fastest way to travel; there are many turns, and the speed limits are slower (45-55 mph). Destination isn’t the point of Highway 1; it’s all about taking things slow and enjoying the scenery.
We stopped at the Muir Beach Overlook just as the sun was setting. People, this is the MOST BEAUTIFUL/MOST SURREAL place I have ever seen. It seriously like we were in a movie—the view was that amazing.
The only bummer about the Muir Beach Overlook? The bathrooms are dis.gus.ting.
We then got back in the car and searched for a place to pull over for the night. We drove through Stinson Beach (a charming town—we plan on going back and spending more time there). No camping.
We ended up paying $35 to stay at Samuel P. Taylor State Park which looked cool when we drove in at 11:15 pm. However, come morning, we were floored by the State Park’s natural beauty. We found ourselves in the middle of massive redwoods and moss.
The next few hours would give us some of the most spectacular views as we traveling up the coast.
We stopped that night in Fort Ross to get some work done and to sample the region’s finest cuisine: oysters.