Live the dreamy California lifestyle with the windows rolled down on exciting road trips that begins in Monterey. California Highway 1 is one of the most famous California drives located minutes from Monterey hotels. Highway 1, noted as one of the nation’s top scenic drives, extends the length of California’s coast. The section of Highway 1 extending from Monterey to Big Sur offers breathtaking views of the rugged Pacific coastline and towering redwood tree forests. Take advantage of the winding two-lane highway’s turn-offs for photo opportunities and nature viewing.