California’s Highway 1 has added another prestigious designation to its long list of honors and glowing adjectives: Sunset magazine’s June edition named the stretch of scenic byway from San Luis Obispo to San Francisco as the “Ultimate Highway Trip” in 13 Western states, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
The Ultimate Highway Trip award is one of three “Editors’ Picks” in Sunset’s first-ever travel awards program, designed to “honor excellence and innovation in the tourism industry” in the area covered by the magazine’s distribution.
The magazine designated that portion of Highway 1 as a Western Icon award honoree, one of three selections that “transcend category and attract eager visitors from around the world.” The other two Western Icon selections are the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park and Seattle’s Pike Place.
The list of awards is available in the June print edition and online.
As the magazine notes, California has 72 officially designed scenic highways, and there are “150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads across the United States, but none has the top-down, wind-in-your-hair charisma of Highway 1. It has redwoods and white sand, sweet bridges and a fairy-tale castle. It’s what every other road trip wants to be.”
One of those federally designated All-American Roads (the top rating for a national scenic byway) is Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo to Carmel.
Sunset’s other 2015 travel awards designations recognized achievement in lodging, dining, cultural tourism, outdoor adventure, environmental stewardship and other categories.
For details, go to www.sunset.com/travel/sunset-travel-awards.