Big Sur is one of my favorite places in the US. The beauty of the place always has me coming back for more. On our Endless Caravan, it was no question that we’d be stopping here.
We thought it was perfect timing when See Monterey asked us to put together a post featuring our favorite spot. If you’re visiting Big Sur in #Monterey, here’s a guide of things you can’t miss (most of which we’ve done, and there are a couple on the list that we’ll be doing on this trip!)
11 THINGS YOU CAN’T MISS IN BIG SUR CALIFORNIA
1. Hwy 1 Drive
First of all, the drive itself is gorgeous. Every five minutes I felt like we needed to pull over to enjoy the views. It’s one of the most scenic drives we’ve been on.
This is probably the photo that you see the most from Big Sur. It’s a quick walk from the parking lot and you get amazing views of the waterfall. I could hang out here all day.
What’s unique about this beach is its purple sand. Photographers love coming here between December and January to capture the sun portal.
4. Point Sur Lighthouse
This lighthouse stands on beautiful, volcanic rock just offshore in Big Sur. It still helps guide ships along the Pacific coast.
5. Bixby Bridge
Bixby Creek Bridge is an architecturally beautiful bridge on its own, but add in the dramatic cliffs and seaside and you have one of the most picturesque spots in the area.
6. Nepenthe Restaurant
This place is very touristy, but it’s an iconic part of Big Sur. We had lunch here in the summer of 2009. I can’t remember anything too special about the food, but the views were incredible! I wouldn’t mind coming back for at least a drink or two. ;)
7. Henry Miller Memorial Library
This library is dedicated to works of those who have lived in or near Big Sur, particularly the late writer and artists Henry Miller. It’s a great spot to check out if you love the Big Sur area too!
8. Hike to Limekiln Falls in Limekiln State Park
Hike through giant redwoods and bubbling streams, and find yourself staring up at a 100-foot cascading waterfall.
9. Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View Trails at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
It’s a two mile easy to moderate hike at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. See the giant trees, beautiful landscapes, and rocky waterfall.
10. Camping at Los Padres National Forest
This beach was right across from our campsite, and it was an easy walk over to watch the sunset.
11. Glamping at Treebones Resort
Though we love glamping in our Airstream, if you’re not an RVer, Treebones Resort is a great glamping spot people rave about.
BONUS: Post Ranch Inn
I’ve always wanted to stay at Post Ranch Inn because they have rooms right on the cliff overlooking the vibrant blue ocean. The price of a standard room, however, on the mountain side starts at 825, and you know you’re not here for the mountain views. This is definitely on my someday list.
- Outdoor Activities in Monterey County
- Kayaking in Monterey Bay
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Carmel By the Sea
Check out See Monterey for official travel info for Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel Valley, Salinas Valley, Moss Landing, Marina, Sand City, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks and Salinas. Plan your epic road trip today! #GrabYourMoment
I’m so excited that See Monterey is giving away these tickets so you can experience more of what Monterey has to offer. The package includes:
- 4 tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- 4 tickets to the MY Museum
If you want to extend your road trip, check out our California Coast guide with all the best stops along the PCH.
Have you been to Big Sur or any other part of Monterey? Is there anything else that can’t be missed?