Four amazing things to see in Big Sur

Four amazing things to see in Big Sur

When you think of the California coast you often think of the busy San Francisco or Los Angeles beaches. While those are a big part of the California, the best example of what it has to offer is by driving the 100-mile stretch of coast known as Big Sur. This area has so much to see, much of which is hidden, and if you don’t know where you are looking you can miss some of the best spots. Through my blog I am always on the hunt for California’s most beautiful gems, so here are four of my favorite spots in Big Sur.

Pfieffer Beach

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While many people have seen the famous rock with its small arch ushering in the sunset, most people do not know how to find this famous spot. It is located right off Highway 1 but has no sign. The road to it is also pretty sketchy as well as it goes back and forth between one and two lanes and is filled with pot holes. However, when you make it to the beach at last you will be rewarded for your efforts. This is one of the best beaches in California with its staggering coastline, massive rocks and purple sand (depending on when the last time it rained was). It is something you want on your list and you can find out how to get there pretty easily online.

McWay Falls

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I know, this is one of the most popular places in all of Big Sur, but you would be surprised how many people don’t even know it is in California when I show them a photo of it. This magical waterfall that cascades right onto the beach is a must see. It is accessed by a half mile trail that takes you to an overlook for the waterfall. No, you can’t actually go down to the beach itself and I prefer this as it keeps it from being trashed and overrun. It is an amazing place you will have to see to believe and right across the highway from it there is an equally amazing Ewoldsen Trail as well.

The Limekilns

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In Limekiln State Park in the South part of Big Sur, sits an often neglected park that is actually one of my favorites in the area. A mile and a half trail accesses a set of historic limekilns, tucked away in the forest. When you see them for the first time you will feel as if you were transported to Ireland as the massive kilns are being overgrown by vivid green plants. It is such a beautiful place to just get lost in the moment and to grab some photographs, and to think, this was on the shutdown list of California parks a few years ago. There is also a waterfall in the park if you are looking for another hike and it is equally as beautiful.

The Bridges

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As a fan of the art of architecture I would be wrong if I didn’t put the famous bridges as something you must see when driving this stretch of coast. The way these historic structures interact with the rugged beauty of the California coast is something that must be seen to be believed. I would even say that Bixby Bridge in the North section of Big Sur is one of the most photographed bridges in California, behind the Golden Gate Bridge of course. My second favorite bridge would have to be Big Creek Bridge which is also an amazing bridge to see. There are a few more beautiful bridges on the drive and they offer many excuses to get out of the car for a photo.

I could probably add another 40 things to this list if I needed to as Big Sur is just an amazing place to visit. I would love to hear what you would add to it in the comments though.

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Josh McNair