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The 8 Best things to do in Big Sur

Hello fellow Riders! We are in California, home of one of America finest locations: the Big Sur.
As i did with Route 66 article, I am going to give you details on the 8 best things to do in Big Sour. Are you ready to read about some of the best places in the world? Take your time and enjoy the ride.

In case you missed it, here is the article i was talking about: Route 66: Road Trip Time Machine

What is Big Sur?

Cliffs, reefs, panoramas and unique structures like Brixby Creek Bride. Big Sur area expands for about 45 miles inside the country and runs along the coast on Highway 1 for about 93 miles. It is not huge but it is full of sights you do not want to miss and activities you would definitely enjoy. Make sure you plan it right, otherwise the risk of missing something is really high.

How to get to Big Sur

Getting there is not complicate at all. Since it is located right in the middle of California coastal area, you have two options:

  • From Los Angeles: follow Highway 101 until San Luis Obispo, then take Highway 1 and follow the coast. You will pass Morro Bay, Cambria and Hearst Castle before getting on the Big Sur curvy roads.
  • From San Francisco: head south passing through Daly City, San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto and San Jose.
    Then get on Highway 101 for 97 miles before taking 156 West direction Monterey Peninsula. Follow the signs for the Pacific Coast Highway in order to ride the Big Sur.

What to see in Big Sur, must see places and panoramas

Now that we know how to get to the area, it is time to check on all the activities and the sights the area offers us.

Here is a list of the sights and locations you must see.

Before we get started: Carmel by the Sea

We have a lot of ground to cover but first, and easter egg: Carmel by the Sea is a small town that had a movie star as a major, guess who Clint Eastwood! That being said, this location deserves a visit, you need to go check Point Lobos Natural Reserve.

McWay Waterfall

Cosa vedere a Big Sur: McWay Falls
McWay Waterfall

This thin, yet energic, waterfall located in Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park, is famous because of how the water hits the sand.

McWay Waterfall is a breathtaking place that allows visitors to experience a great connection with nature. It is located at about 40 miles from Monterey. Definetly a must see in our jurney.

Keyhole Arch

Cosa vedere a Big Sur - Keyhole Arch
Keyhole Arch

One of Pfeiffer Beach iconc locations. At Keyhole Arch, sunset light passes through an arch made of stone, creating unique and overwhelming sceneries. This beach is also named “Rainbow Beach” because its sand changes color as the sun goes down.

Bixby Creek Beach

Cosa vedere a Big Sur: Ponte Bixby
Ponte di Bixby in California

Another must see in our adventure certaintly is Bixby Creek Bridge.
It was built in 1932 to connect two Big Sur areas; the regular road usually needed to be closed due to snow during the winter.

To get to the – also called – Big Sur Golden Gate – it only takes about 30 minutes if you are riding from Monterey. Boixby Creek Bridge is one of the highest bridges in the United States, and is considered one of the best views from all tourists that get there. You must be asking your self why I said so… Well, besides the awesome sorroundings, this coastal area is where sealife like whales, dolphins and seals pass by during migrations.

Partington Cove Trail

Cosa vedere a Big Sur - Partington Cove Trail - Big Sur, California
Partington Cove Trail

Partingtorn Cove Trail means excursion time! This fascinating 1 mile long fast walk is something you really do not want to miss out on. During this excursion is possible to walk through a canyon and a historical woden tunnel before getting to Partington cove beach.

Beside Partington Cove Trail, if you are into it, is possible to go on multiple excursions. Matter of fact, Big Sur is plenty of daily excursion programs.

Limeklin State Park

Highway 1 is packed with wonders, one of it is Limekiln State Park, where is possible to appreciate a piece of 19th Century History.
This Big Sur park has a camping area and a Redwoods excursion in which you will be able to enjoy all Redwoods natural treasures. Waterfall and ovens excursions only take 2 hours and create unforgettable memories.

Limekiln State Park once was the home of a huge lime production. In 1880, limestone was collected and then put inside ovens made of stone and iron. Ovens high temperatures allowed to extract pure lime, which was used for constructions in San Francisco. Taking a tour, you will be surrounded by all that remains of the factory and will also be able to see Limekiln Falls.

Point Sur Lighthouse

Point Sur Lighthouse

If you are looking for panoramic views, well… Point Sur lighthouse is going to be the apex of your trip.

This place is simply unbelievable! Built in 1889, this lighthouse is 40 feet tall and is located at 270 feet over water surface. It’s 135 miles away from San Francisco and definitely deserves a stop. At sunset it simply is a must see!

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle - Big Sur
HEACAS Aerial for Cottages and Kitchens Courtesy Hearst Castle® California State Parks

Nowadays this castle is California State Park most visited attraction. This place counts 165 rooms, 126 acres of gardens garnished with fountains and pools. Of course, everything is topped with breathtaking views of the central coast.
The castle is divided in 3 areas which can be visited choosing between 3 different tours.

Where to eat in Big Sur: Nepenthe

Nepenthe is located right in Big Sur heart, at 29 miles from Carmel and 63 miles at north of San Simeon. It’s one of the best places to eat while surrounded by nature.
A unique ambience and its lovely personnel make Nepenthe a number one choice for everyone.

Who wants to spend the night around the Big Sur area might want to look here!

More places to eat

Have you chose a location yet? I hope this article helped you all to learn a bit more of what Big Sur can offer.
Vi auguriamo buon viaggio, e fateci sapere se avete visitato questi posti da sogno!

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