Two Ways to Monterey

Mileage sign in San Luis Obispo, California

At Santa Rosa and Monterey streets in San Luis Obispo, California, this sign shows the mileage to northbound destinations on the two main routes out of the city. Even though you might think California 1 would be the shorter route to Monterey, you should note that it's a winding, two-lane coastal highway most of the way. So it would actually be quicker to take US 101, which is a divided highway all the way and a freeway for most that length.

This photo was taken in November 2004.