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For the last year and a half, travelers seeking to enjoy a vacation through Big Sur on iconic Highway 1 have been met with every roadtripper’s worst nightmare: ROAD CLOSED. The Mud Creek Landslide of 2017, the largest in Big Sur’s history, buried a quarter-mile stretch of the famed route. Despite the lengthy closure, the clean-up came in several months ahead of schedule, and the road is set to re-open on July 20th, 2018.

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Though repair costs were roughly $54 million for the new road, it’s been well worth it for those in the area. Business was slashed between 20% and 60% in towns like Big Sur, Cambria, and San Simeon as tourism plummeted. Not to mention the fact that road closures were a nightmare for locals trying to go about their everyday lives. Other locals, like those in Gorda right near where the slide occurred, got a kick out of seeing tourists arrive in disbelief at the “road closed” sign after ignoring detours along the way.

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Highway 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, runs from Dana Point, right between LA and San Diego, to Leggett, which is about 180 miles North of San Francisco. Beyond offering views of the incredible beauty along the coast-hugging highway, the route also leads into some great beach towns and provides access to the shore in many places. The most famous stretch of Highway 1 might be the portion through Big Sur, between Carmel and San Simeon, right about where the route was closed.

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Now that the road is re-opening, the only thing tourists will probably need to worry about is a roadblock of a different sort: traffic jams from roadtrippers excited to cruise the PCH again!

Ready to hit the road now that Highway 1 is reopened? Here’s the route!

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