Planning a trip to Big Sur, California? You will find so many exciting things to do in this scenic region!

Running from Carmel in the north to San Simeon in th south, Big Sur is 90 miles of unsurpassed coastal scenery. It's traversed by California Highway 1, a 2-lane winding road.

Driving north to south allows for unobstructed ocean views. You will want to stop often to take in the views from pullouts along the road. 

Stop at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to enjoy easy ocean view trails. China Cove is a must-visit photo stop in the park, with jade green water and seal pups in season. 

Garrapata State Park has many oceanside trails, but it also has a 2-mile stretch of rugged sandy beach. Swimming isn't advised but you can picnic, stroll, or sunbathe.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is on the land side of the highway. Hiking trails here feature coastal redwoods, the Big Sur River, and a waterfall. 

Pfeiffer Beach is one of the most gorgeous beaches you'll see anywhere. Snap a photo of picturesque Keyhole Rock. It's a great spot for sunset!

McWay Falls is an oceanside waterfall that's a super popular photo spot. The thin ribbon of water plunges onto a lovely cove, or the ocean, depending on the tides.

You'll likely recognize Bixby Bridge from shows and movies. It's a dramatic bridge in a beautiful setting, and one of the historic spots along Big Sur.  

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