Take a scenic one hour drive from our Monterey, CA hotel and you’ll arrive at stunningly beautiful Big Sur. This California Central Coast destination runs along Highway 1 from Carmel to San Simeon, home to renowned Hearst Castle, and is bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Hiking through redwood forests, beachcombing, whale watching, and touring Point Sur Lighthouse are some of the most popular things to do. Make sure to look for Cone’s Peak, which, at 5,155 feet, is the highest coastal mountain in the continental United States.
Note: The heavy winter storms of this year have caused massive mudslides which have wreaked havoc on the area and its aging bridges. Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has cracked and buckled leaving Big Sur and Highway 1 cut in half. Please read our blog for more details about using a detour route for visiting Big Sur during the bridge rebuild.
Big Sur has plenty of things to experience for people of all interests. Discover an abundance of hiking trails that make their way through magnificent redwood and oak forests, providing even more spectacular ocean views. Watch California Grey Whales migrate during the winter months. Take a tour of historic lighthouses. Also, go beach-combing where you never know what types of treasures you’ll uncover.
There are dozens of can’t-miss spots in Big Sur. Here are a few of them to whet your appetite. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is the place to go if you’re into gorgeous water falls. Bixby Bridge, which spans Rainbow Canyon, is made for the thrill seekers, as it is one of the highest single-span bridges in the world. Craggy Point is a great place to take in amazing views of the Pacific Coast. And Partington Cove is perfect for watching waves crash against the rocks.