The West's best road trips

Satisfy your wanderlust with a Western classic--a great road trip. Get ideas for the best routes and where to eat along the way

Ultimate California Highway 1 road trip

Drive. Dine. Walk. Gawk. Find joy. Explore 735 gorgeous miles of the iconic road with these essential stops along the way

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A bend in the redwoods, Big Sur
Thomas J. Story

A bend in the redwoods, Big Sur

On a coast that prizes eccentricity, Deetjens Big Sur Inn lifts it to art form: 20 rooms and cabins crafted by Norwegian immigrant Helmuth Deetjen between the 1930s and ’60s, scattered beneath redwoods. Doors creak, floors creak; you build your fire in your fireplace and think this is magical, or this is hell. Probably the former, because Deetjens is beautiful and because its restaurant serves some of the best food along Highway 1. Rooms from $160, The Restaurant at Deetjens $$$; deetjens.com

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