Highway 1: Where the Magic Happens

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My wife said it best:

“It’s like holding hands with the ocean.”

Driving Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco is one of those drives every human living in the United States needs to take at least once. The expansive ocean views, jagged cliffs, and exotic supercars make the drive an unforgettable experience.

I just wish my GPS would let me stay on it.

Highway 1 is famous for running along some of the most beautiful coastlines in the USA, leading to its designation as an All-American Road. The highway provides a scenic route to numerous attractions along the coast. It also provides ample opportunity for landslides and supercar viewing.

While my family and I love driving the 1, Siri is not a big fan. Using Apple’s GPS to navigate involves constantly fighting against demands to connect to the 101, which runs further inland. When you drive the 1 (there’s no “if” here), be sure to bring a map and ignore your phone, because Siri obviously has zero sense of adventure.

Driving the 1 also requires your undivided attention. Get sidetracked by the ocean and you’ll rear-end the car in front of you as it slows down to turn onto another of the seemingly endless beaches.

The highway is also famous for landslides that occasionally close down entire sections of coastal road and force traffic inland. Luckily that hasn’t happened to me yet, nor have I rear-ended any of the dozens of supercars that zip through the curves.

It’s funny how quickly supercars turn normal when you see so many of them. The first Lamborghini that passed us made my head turn, but the fifth generated as much attention as your average Camry.

That’s the magic of Highway 1. It takes what you always thought was extraordinary and shows you what life really has to offer: the beauty of road trips, family time, and the natural wonder of the world.

What’s your favorite road to drive?


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