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Over a Year after Massive Mudslide, Big Sur's Scenic Highway 1 Reopens

Who's ready for a road trip on the coast?

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On May 20, 2017 a massive mudslide wiped out a large section of California's Pacific Coast Highway, cutting off travel to some of the most scenic destinations along the famous highway. Local businesses struggled as tourism was virtually completely cut off and travelers were forced to take inland byways rather than the coastal route. 

Before and after, Planet.com and Diana Yukari/Business Insider


The roads were scheduled to open Friday July 20, 2018, but thanks to favorable weather and the hard work from the California Department of Transportation, they were able to reopen in the morning two days ahead of schedule. Local residents and roadtrippers are stoked!

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Cover photo: Lucas Pols

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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