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SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

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SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

Hi everyone, thanks to the people on here I've just heard about the road closure of Highway 1.

Can I just sanity check with you please - in late May we are going from San Francisco to Pacific Grove to Cambria to Pismo Beach to Santa Barbara staying in all those places in already booked accomodation.

Am I correct in saying that the closures, for my itinerary, mean that I have to take Highway 68 after our stay in PG, coming off at River Road/Chualar River Road (rather than going as far as Salinas) and onto 101 until after Paso Robles, then going West on 46 before hanging a right on Highway 1 back up to Cambria. And when leaving Cambria I can head to Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara as originally planned. (And possibly, while staying in PG for 2 nights, taking a short drive down as far as we can (25 miles?) towards Big Sur before returning back).

Hope that makes sense to you!! Confirmation appreciated or any other ideas!

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1. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

if you go to the California forum and read the -- Big Sur closed what now top question , it has a map to help you

So yes you take 68 from PG and get on 101 and 46 West (not East) to Cambria.

So is there a reason to stay in Cambria and then again in Pismo Beach / Why They are pretty close to each other. I would stay in one of those places and perhaps I would choose Santa Barbara over Pismo Beach for the 2nd night if you must stay another night

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2. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

Don't miss seeing Point Lobos while you're in Pacific Grove. And yes, when you are in Cambria, you can drive up to Ragged Point. Have a nice lunch there and then go back to Cambria. Don't miss the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas, just north of Hearst Castle.

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3. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

Thanks Belomiser. Well, we are trying to chill on the way down, and if I am correct, Cambria to SB is about 130 miles so by staying in Pismo Beach that takes 50 miles off the journey and allows us to chill in another small town. Also, it shortens the journey from PG by just going to Cambria. It seemed to make sense anyway! We have a couple of nights in most of the stops including Santa Barbara too where we depart for Phoenix for a couple of nights and then to Chicago before heading back to Ireland.

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4. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

Thanks AustinTraveling for that advice!

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5. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

That sounds about right. The Pacific Grove-to-Cambria part of your route is definitely interrupted by the road closure, so taking Hwy 68 inland at Pacific Grove is the right way to start. When to rejoin Highway 1 south, I can't say for sure.

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6. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

You rejoin Hwy 1 when you take Highway 46 West to get to Cambria. StephenandAnn, make sure you exit Hwy 46 West toward Cambria/Hearst Castle. You will see the Hwy 46 East exit well before you reach your exit and you do not want to take that exit (toward Fresno/Bakersfield).

Since you are staying in both Cambria and Pismo, you have time to explore the area. Don't miss Morro Bay and downtown San Luis Obispo. Also, you can visit Montana de Oro State Park in Los Osos.

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7. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

Thanks everyone again.

using google maps, going north from Cambria toward Ragged Point, there appears to be "Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery" before you get to Hearst Castle, and "Elephant Seal Vista Point" after Hearst Castle. Which is the one I should be looking for? Thanks.

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8. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

The actual rookery is 4 miles north of Hearst Castle.

What you're seeing south of Hearst Castle is an office used to manage the seal area.

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9. Re: SF, Pacific Grove, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara

Thanks Kibbles!

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