Big Sur Things to Do

  • Pacific Coast Highway
    by blueskyjohn
  • Pacific Coast Highway
    by blueskyjohn
  • Pacific Coast Highway
    by blueskyjohn

Most Viewed Things to Do in Big Sur

  • 1. McWay Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The highlight of the state park is McWay falls. To enter and park there is a self pay honor system of $10.00. As I heard many people say while walking around this is a huge waste of money because...

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  • 2. State Parks

    Point Lobos is a great place to go to watch the migration of the Pacific Grey Whale. These marine mammals make the longest of all whale migrations, often traveling up to 14,000 miles to the lagoons of...

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  • 3. Beaches

    Walking along the bluffs is a great way to enjoy Big Sur and perhaps you find no better views but taking the extra time to get down onto a secluded beach is another fine reward. The paths down are...

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  • 4. Pacific Coast Highway

    In the very southern part of Big Sur is an area called Jade Cove. It is actually a cliff down tot a rocky beach area where jade can be found. Very interesting to see. It is a steep hike down and it...

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  • 5. Hearst Castle

    For more than 3 months I hesitate in writing about Hearst Castle, so strong are the contradictory feelings about it. It surely is an impressive collection of marvels. No doubt, the architects tried...

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  • 6. Highway 101

    5 out of 5 stars

    attention tip editor! you have misplaced this tip since the US 101 South and North does not pas by the Central Coast Section of Big Sur, Only California State Route One or Highway 1 actually passes by...

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  • 7. Bridges

    The Rocky Creek bridge is the less famous of the CA Highway 1 arched bridged in the California Central Coast. This bridge is nearer to the Monterey Peninsula by a few miles but if you are driving...

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  • 8. Flora / Fauna

    Elephant seals are not something you see every day unless of course, you're on the California coast where their numbers are increasing. This in no way diminishes the feeling of seeing one or an entire...

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  • 9. Bixby Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Bixby bridge is just one of the Many Bridges you cross to and from Monterey Going to the Central Coasts of California to Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Lucia, Pismo Beach, Cambria, etc along the...

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  • 10. Day Trip

    This famous street, formerly known as Ocean View Avenue, became world famous due to the Famous Novel of John Steinbeck called Cannery Row that also became a movie. In 1958 it was renamed into Cannery...

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  • 11. Coastal Views

    For those who live the rushes of big towns, camping in this wild nature must feel like living in Paradise. However, I live in a very small town, and have tranquility all year around, so I just...

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  • 12. Big Sur

    Go swimming in the river, if don't mind the cold water. Also, at the northern end of the river is a nice gorge with a waterfall. I don't think fishing is allowed because of the endangered steelhead...

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  • 13. Los Padres National Forest

    Stretching 220 miles between Monterey and Los Angeles County, Los Padres National Forest encompasses 1.75 million acres of mostly chaparral, oak, evergreen, pinyon-juniper, and conifer forest....

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  • 14. Monterey Aquarium

    The Monterey Bay Acquarium is one of the Highlights in walking around Cannery row of Monterey and is an important things to do in the area. It is located near the southern end of Cannery row. It was...

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  • 15. Carmel Mission

    Carmel Mission Church otherwise known as the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, one of the 21 spanish missions along the california area and was relocated to Carmel from Monterey in 1771 by...

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  • 17. California Sea Otter Game Refuge

    Playing, swimming and sunbathing sea otters can be seen in and around the waters of Big Sur kelp beds. They dive for food, (mussels, clams, abalone, sea...

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  • 18. Cliffside Hike

    From the same parking area for the walk down to Jade Cove, there is a trail that splits from the Jade Cove trail off to the right. This trail goes for about 1...

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  • 19. Go to Carmel By the Sea

    Carmel By The Sea is just a Small Hamlet in the Monterey County Area but it packs a punch since it has a lot of Art Galleries, Shops, Strip Malls located in the...

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  • 20. Point Piedras Blanca Elephant Seal Vista Point

    Point Piedras Blanca Elephant Seal Vista Point is a fun and interesting activity, which is free of charge and well worth a stop. Look on the ocean side of...

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  • 21. Pigeon Point Lighthouse

    Pigeon Point Lighthouse has been in operation since 1872 and is amongst the tallest in the United States. The name of the point on which it is built comes from...

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  • 22. Elephant Seals or Sea Lions?

    Slightly North of Hearst Castle towards Piedras Blancas there is a substantial colony of elephant seals who reside in the area. On our visit in early May I was...

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  • 23. Strenuous Hike, Excellent Coastal View

    The Ewoldsen Trail provides a moderate to strenuous hike in the morning or afternoon. The 4.5 mile loop trail begins with a walk through the redwood forest by...

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  • 24. Doud Creek

    Doud Creek is near/in Garrapata State Park, about 15 minutes south of Carmel. It's hard to finding parking in the area, so try arriving early, or late in the...

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  • 25. Hearst San Simeon State Historic Monument

    William Randolph Hearst, a famous publisher, in collaboration with architect Julia Morgan, built this 165 room estate, which is now a historic site. This is one...

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