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 the Mud Creek Slide in May 2017, California Highway 1 is closed at Mud Creek with an expected open by the end of July 2018. On October 13, 2017, the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge opened to visitors in the Monterey County area, allowing southbound travel from Carmel on Highway 1 for up to 62 miles. 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 north of Salmon Creek to south of Gorda.
  • 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 to the San Luis Obispo area 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.


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