It was once described by controversial American author Henry Miller as “the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look … its majesty is almost too painful to behold”.
The highway has been declared a driving experience unsurpassed in natural beauty and scenic variety by US tourist authorities and travel writers.
For much of the journey, towering mountains plunge from thick redwood forests directly into the sometimes forbidding Pacific Ocean.Work started in 1919, but it wasn’t until the years of the Great Depression that 150 of San Quentin Prison’s “best-behaved” convicts were sent to assist the hard working labourers and engineers chisel out a roadway in the inhospitable conditions. By the time it opened in 1938, its $1.5 million budget had stretched to $10 million.
The first 200km takes you through a mixture of breathtaking coastal vistas before reaching the Monterey Peninsula where a planned overnight stop was stretched to two, and that was hardly enough time to do complete justice to the area.
It was the capital of California during the Spanish and Mexican eras and boasts a collection of majestic 18th and 19th century buildings. Its Fishermans’ Wharf is a popular tourist drawcard modelled on its famous San Francisco namesake . . . and the clam chowder is even more delicious! Read more over at the West Australia Newspaper…