Travel along Highway 1 as you make your way from Big Sur to Cambria. This route is in collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation and is a segment of their yearly California Coast Classic Bike Tour. Get a glimpse into this 8-day event that has cyclists starting in San Francisco and ending their journey in Los Angeles. This segment of their journey features breathtaking stops along the way, including John Little State Natural Reserve, Sand Dollar Beach, and the Portal to Big Sur at Ragged Point. This route is perfect for those who are wanting to experience a longer stretch of Highway 1.
After your 73.1-mile ride, spend the night in Cambria before starting your journey back to Big Sur. Cambria has a variety of accommodations and restaurants, providing the perfect retreat for cyclists to relax and refuel.
Points of Interest
Big Sur has one of the most well-known shorelines in the world. As you begin your journey, this 90-mile stretch of craggy coast is sure to draw you in. The misty ocean air sends you off feeling excited for the anticipated route in front of you.
Sand Dollar Beach
This half-mile beach in Big Sur, California, marks about the halfway point between Cambria and Big Sur. After riding for a while, this spot is the perfect place to stop for a picnic. While taking in the views, you will commonly catch surfers riding the waves. Although the beach is not paved with Sand Dollars, as the name suggests, you can still find some scattered sand dollars during low tide.
Vista Point: John Little State Natural Reserve
This vista point is the perfect place to take in the rugged cliffs that carve out the Pacific Ocean as they guide you along your route.
Portal to Big Sur at Ragged Point
Near Ragged Point, there’s a wooden sculpture known as Portal to Big Sur. This smooth, round structure has a hole in the middle that perfectly frames the Million Dollar View. If you’re cycling through, take a minute to appreciate the sight and take an awesome picture.
Cambria Veterans’ Memorial Hall
The Cambria Veterans’ Memorial Hall is found on Main Street, which is lined with local businesses filled with everything from art, clothing, and produce. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, Main Street is your one-stop shop. Whether you stop in Soto’s True Earth Market for a turkey wrap or grab a piece of the famous Linn’s Olallieberry pie to settle your sweet tooth, there’s something for everyone!