Summer is officially here and for most of us that love to drive, getting out on the open highway is as much a necessity as breathing.
We know all too well the weekend routine, you spend all of Saturday cleaning and detailing your BMW, making sure every aspect of the car is spotless. For the next morning is your Sunday morning drive, while the roads are less travelled and you can open up your car just enough to put a huge grin on your face. But also to stop at that magical spot along your favorite road to take some pictures that you’ve been dying to take for months.
In the US, one such road that is both scenic enough for that wallpaper quality picture you’ve been dying to take as well as putting a huge grin on your face is California US1, better known as the Pacific Coast Highway.
An exhilarating driving experience, this twisting, cliff-hugging, 123-mile (198-kilometer) route along the central California coast takes about five hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Designated an All-American Road—among the nation’s most scenic.
The route starts in historic Monterey, visits the art colony of Carmel, and threads through Big Sur, where mountains plunge into the Pacific. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle on its way to Morro Bay. In places, the road has narrow shoulders and sharp drop-offs, so staying alert is a must.
I’ve had the pleasure of driving the Pacific Coast Highway a few times in a BMW while at a new car launch, and I must attest to both the beauty of the scenery as well as the technicality of negotiating some of its many twisty turns.
Sound off in the comments section as to which is your favorite weekend road or highway, include a picture of your car that you’ve taken and we’ll use it for a future Super Bild.
On behalf of everyone at BMWBlog.com we wish everyone a safe weekend and happy driving.