Spanning most of California’s coastline, the classic Highway 1 offers travelers a beautiful, scenic route as they tour the Golden State from San Diego to San Francisco. Many people road trip along Highway 1, experiencing everything from quaint coastal towns like Point Reyes and Morro Bay to major metropolitan cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The segment of Highway 1 that travels along the Central Coast is also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH. Highway 1 has become an iconic route and is celebrated worldwide for its uniqueness and beauty.

People traveling by car can easily reach San Luis Obispo from the Pacific Coast Highway and Highway 101.

Recent Highway 1 Closures

Due to structural damage, California Highway 1 at Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Monterey County (1 mile south of Big Sur) is closed indefinitely. Please note that all San Luis Obispo Highway 1 destinations are open and accessible via Highway 1 from the south. If coming into San Luis Obispo from the north or traveling north into Monterey County, please be advised of the following:

  • Highway 1 is closed from Ragged Point (NW SLO County) to 15 miles north of Big Sur at Palo Colorado in Monterey County.
  • Additionally, Highway 1 will be closed in Monterey County until further notice to replace the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, located one mile south of Big Sur.
  • Northbound through-travelers on Highway 1 are encouraged to take Highway 46 East towards Paso Robles as a detour, and proceed to Highway 101 North.
  • From Monterey, southbound travelers are encouraged to take Highway 68 East at Monterey, and proceed to Highway 101 South.

Click below for the latest updates on road conditions and closures for Highway 1.

Road Conditions Highway Closure Information

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