Drivers record last ride through Devils Slide on California Highway 1

The first tunnel built in California in 50 years opened Monday, and as drivers celebrated, some marked the loss of one of the most scenic, if dangerous, cliff side drives in the San Francisco Bay area, with photos and YouTube videos of final drives. One intrepid bicyclist snuck into a tunnel.

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  1. This historical timeline by Bay Area News Group staff writer Aaron Kinney shows the history of Devils slide, which has seen its share of accidents and landslides which have closed the section of Highway 1 for months at a time. 
  2. Kinney is tweeting live from the historical opening on Monday.
  3. According to the project builder, the tunnels are the second longest in California
  4. The tunnels feature state-of-the-art safety features, including heat and carbon monoxide sensors. Each 30-foot-wide tunnel has 16 jet fans for ventilation. The tunnels will be monitored 24 hours a day from a roughly 12,000-square-foot facility near the south portal.
  5. The stretch along Highway 1 brings killer views of the Pacific Ocean, which some drivers say they will miss. 
  6. If you have never driven the Devils Slide, this is what it's like. Some drivers recorded their ride for posterity.
  7. The Devil's Slide Drive (GoPro HERO) Datsun 280ZX
  8. More nostalgia for Devil's Slide