Big Sur Travel Guide

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Big Sur Overview

Big Sur refers to the mountainous region of California's central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, verdant coastal forests, and a multitude of waterfalls make Big Sur a prime destination for hikers, artists, and those seeking a little bit of solitude amidst breathtaking natural wonders.

The Big Sur area encompasses several state and national reserves, including Julia Pfeiffer State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Los Paders National forest and the Ventana Wilderness. Attractions include McWeigh Falls, Bixby Bridge, whale watching opportunities, and Cone Peak, the highest coastal mountain in the lower 48 states. On many days, the endangered California Condor can be seen flying over the Santa Lucia Mountains.

The winding cliff-side stretch of Highway One through Big Sur has been designated an American National Scenic Byway and is an attraction in itself.

Big Sur can be easily summed up by the same titled song by The Thrills! Bring your surf board!

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