On it's own, at any time of the year, Big Sur Highway is one of the US' most scenic drives, but throw in a little splash of fall color and it's like wandering into a postcard. And don't forget your picnic basket! There are plenty of little side-of-the-road stops to sit for a bit, snap some pics, and pretend that it's the old glamorous days of coastline driving, when you'd be wearing big sunglasses and a headscarf instead of Ray-Bans and an old Oakland A's ball cap.
Luckily for tourists, GPS is making road trips like this a whole lot easier, but we recommend also checking out the National Scenic Byway Program's perfect daytrip itinerary for a route from San Simeon up to Monterey.
To be extra sure that you'll drive through the reds and oranges of leaves instead of weak yellow-green, bookmark The Weather Channel's constantly updated CA Fall Foliage radar map.
[Big Sur Bridge Photo: Torsten Dangerous]