The adventure route to Big Sur is offered in two separate route options. The Half-Day option is northbound to Ragged Point driving up Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1), this is the southern portion of Big Sur. The Full-Day option continues north on PCH from Ragged Point and into Monterey County. You will find yourself immersed amongst giant Sequoia Redwood trees and in the unincorporated town of Big Sur.

Ragged Point Route (Half-Day)

This adventure tour will take you through many landscapes that will delight your senses. Beginning with a quick jaunt through downtown Paso Robles, you will soon be in wine country heading towards the coast on Green Valley Road. As you journey to the coast along the curvy road, you will notice a change in the climate. This region of California has temperate weather conditions year round, however we recommend being prepared with layered clothing. Don’t worry, we’ll keep you informed of the weather forecasts. As you drive North on PCH, the hidden seaside village of Cambria welcomes you. Cambria is situated amidst Monterey pine trees. Monterey pines are native to California and this region is the only place they naturally thrive in the United States. The quaint town of Cambria is a wonderful location to take a break, enjoy the historic architecture and small town vibe. On the north end of Cambria is Moonstone Beach Park, a dramatic section of coastline with sandy beaches.

Continuing, travel north into San Simeon where the famous Hearst Castle is located. This incredible feat of architectural genius began being constructed over 100 years ago, as it was then known as “La Cuesta Encantada” (The Enchanted Hill). Although Hearst Castle is not directly on this tour route, it is available to tour. If you wish to tour the Castle, then please contact us for advisable options. The San Simeon Pier stands above a beautiful sandy beach, which is available for a leisurely stroll before leaving the small beach town.

Coming next is an exclusive relaxing beach that attracts visitors from around the world. Elephant Seal Vista Point is a must see. These majestic sea creatures can be viewed up close and personal. Enjoy a walk along the purpose built viewing boardwalk and be sure to read the educational signage, brought to you by the good people of “Friends of the Elephant Seals”.

Next up is the Piedras Blancas Light Station, a glimpse into our nation’s history when lighthouses served a vital role in ocean navigation. Piedras Blancas is now managed as a historic park and wildlife sanctuary. Open public access is not available. However, select guided tours are offered. If you wish to tour the Light Station, then please contact us for advisable options.

The coastal rocky headland of Ragged Point lies within the southernmost portion of Big Sur. Ragged Point, often called the “million dollar view”, is a perfect pit stop. There are several scenic views and photo opportunities. Enjoy lunch at the cliff top restaurant located a couple miles north of the point. This is the turn-around location for the Big Sur Ragged Point adventure tour.

Big Sur North Route (Full-Day)

Currently closed due to landslide.

This adventure is highly recommended for the driving enthusiasts. The tour includes everything on the Ragged Point Hwy 1 North adventure tour, and then some more, a lot more!

As the tour heads north on PCH from Ragged Point, the adventure intensifies. The vista points become more incredible, the trees become larger as the forests fill in, the road curves and twists along cliffside mountains adjoining the Pacific ocean and the smiles will grow with excitement.

Take time to visit Salmon Creek Falls and Nathaniel Owens Memorial Redwood Grove. You will pass through Mud Creek, the site of the largest recorded landslide along the Big Sur coast. In 2017, more than 6 million cubic yards of dirt and rocks slid down the hillside, completely wiping out a large section of Highway 1.

Continuing through Gorda, a small unincorporated seaside community, you’ll find awesome vistas at Willow Creek Beach and McWay Cove Beach. McWay Waterfall is a famously photographed viewpoint you do not want to miss seeing.

As you enter the heart of Big Sur, look up and enjoy the tall top trees. This is a good place to enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants and cafes . The final northbound portion of this grand tour takes you to the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge. This photogenic masterpiece of civil engineering was built in the 1930s and spans over 700 feet in length. It’s center arch spans 360 feet and sits 260 above the coastline. The Bixby Bridge is the turn-around location for the Big Sur Highway 1 North adventure tour.


Spectacular trails.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  3/22/2019 • Daniel N. – Lucerne Valley, CA

Extremely well-maintained vehicles. Friendly and outgoing service – Ben was awesome! I run Jeeps back east and I can tell you that this is a fantastic way to spend a few hours exploring the desert. You will not be disappointed.

What to Bring

To get the most enjoyment out of your ride, we suggest you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Every person is required to wear a helmet and sunglasses are recommended. A DOT-approved helmet is provided to borrow during your rental period. A valid driver’s license is required for all drivers – NO EXCEPTIONS! Credit or debit card is required for payment and security deposit.

It is highly recommended to also bring a hat, sunblock and additional layers of clothing. We do provide some complimentary water and refreshments, but it’s always a good idea to bring additional water and snacks. Make sure to bring your camera to capture all of the epic moments!

Safety & Sustainability

Polaris Adventures focuses on the safety of every rider, from vehicle overviews and training before every ride to a modern check out process – our outfitters are there to make sure you have a safe, memorable, adventure.

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Big Sur - Highway 1 North

Ragged Point: Half-day, Starts at $299*

Big Sur - Highway 1 North

Big Sur North: Currently closed due to landslide.

* plus taxes & fees

Type: Self-Guided GPS Tour Rental

Ragged Point (Half-Day): Approx. 3-5 hours (self-paced) and 115 miles.

Big Sur North (Full-Day): Approx. 6-8 hours (self-paced) and 240 miles.

Open: 7 days a week

Includes: Helmet and Fuel

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