Ragged Point on Highway 1

The stretch of highway between San Simeon and Ragged Point is some of the most picturesque in the world. The roadway follows where the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, with jaw-dropping views around every twist and turn. As you drive, plenty of turnoffs offer moments for taking in the region’s grandeur. As you drive to Ragged Point, you will feel like a star in your own private car commercial on Highway 1.

Spend an hour, a day or a week at Ragged Point Inn. Originally an outpost of the Hearst Ranch, this incredible location is ideal for a day stop or extended stay. During your stay, enjoy amenities that include lodging, dining, a gift shop, and gas station. It’s an ideal home-base for exploring San Luis Obispo County’s rugged north coast. The garden and grounds of this historic property are expertly manicured to augment the surrounding natural beauty, and host outdoor concerts during the summer. Ragged Point Inn boasts some of the finest views along Highway 1, with outlook points facing both north and south. The Inn also provides a romantic spot for popping the question. Say yes in Ragged Point!

The Ragged Point Cliffside Trail is the perfect hike on Highway 1. The payoff for those who tackle this trail is big: a black sand beach and the base of the 300-foot Black Swift Falls seasonal waterfall! At a distance of just 0.8 miles, this moderately strenuous trail is best for experienced hikers wearing good shoes. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but only if they’re kept on-leash. The trail is easily accessible from Ragged Point Inn, just off Highway 1, and offers unparalleled glimpses of this area’s coastal mountains and wildlife.

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  • Ragged Point Inn
    Ragged Point Inn
    San Simeon

    Ragged Point Inn and Resort is the place to stay on this stretch of Highway 1, just south of Big Sur with the best views in California. 

  • Tuscan Villa
    Tuscan Villa
    San Simeon

    Tuscan Villa is the perfect combination of ocean and mountain views. This San Simeon vacation rental is in an exclusive neighborhood.

  • Sands By The Sea
    Sands By The Sea
    San Simeon

    Highway 1 travelers will find Sands by the Sea a welcoming stop. This motel prides itself on great service and affordable accommodations.

  • San Simeon Lodge
    San Simeon Lodge
    San Simeon

    San Simeon Lodge is an ideal choice for visitors along Highway 1. The hotel is designed to be a relaxing getaway with convenient amenities.

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  • Apr
    Wine 4 Paws
    Wine 4 Paws
    San Luis Obispo County
    April 20 to April 21, 2024

    Pet loving wine drinkers can help our four-legged friends by visiting ANY of the participating wineries throughout the weekend, when a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Woods Humane Society!

  • Jul
    American Legion July 4th Celebration
    American Legion July 4th Celebration
    July 04, 2024

    Cambria’s annual 4th of July celebration is held at Shamel Park starting at 11am, with family fun events, music and a BBQ all day long. Fireworks start at dusk. A trolley service will run from 10am to 6pm, from North Moonstone to Main Street to East Village with a turnaround at the Dog Park.

  • Sep
    Central Coast Arthritis Bike Classic
    Central Coast Arthritis Bike Classic
    San Luis Obispo County
    September 21 to September 28, 2024

    The ride takes place each fall and aims to raise over $1 million dollars. Approximately 350 arthritis patients, families and supporters who are recruited by our staff will cycle over 525 miles raising funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation along Highway One. This event is marketed and publicized nationwide, with a focus in the […]

  • Sep
    Lighthouse Century Bicycle Rally
    Lighthouse Century Bicycle Rally
    Morro Bay
    September 28, 2024

    Bike along the beautiful coast of the county, reaching as far as Piedras Blancas Lighthouse before turning around.

Travel Articles About ragged point on highway 1

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  • A rustic adventure around Ragged Point

    A rugged adventure around Ragged Point The perfect place to unplug, unwind and reconnect with nature! Article Reposted from Roadrippers.com Tucked away between Big Sur and San Simeon is a bewitching wonderland of scenic hiking trails, hidden beaches, and towering waterfalls. Ragged Point is often featured as a stop along Highway 1, but it’s also […]

  • Hiking On Highway 1

    Hiking along the Highway 1 Discovery Route showcases the diversity of this abundant place. From Ragged Point to Nipomo, each corner of coastal SLO CAL has its own distinctive flora, fauna, and history.

  • Dog Friendly Activities Along Highway 1

    California’s Central Coast provides a fun and safe playground for both dogs and their humans. Stay in dog-friendly lodging, dine in dog-friendly restaurants, and frolic on dog-friendly beaches, hikes and parks.

  • Eco-Tourism Escapes

    9 Sustainable travel tips for exploring Highway 1 Travel sustainably along Highway 1! Discover unforgettable opportunities to make a difference while exploring this scenic 50-mile stretch of coastline. Whether you lend a hand with trail clean-ups or embark on a guided kayak excursion, every eco-adventure contributes to the stewardship of this precious coastal California route. […]

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