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Monterey Bay Big Sur Helicopter Tour
"Board the helicopter at Monterey Regional Airport and slip on your headphones to hear the live onboard narration from your professional pilot who customizes your tour and offers informative commentary throughout your 60-minute flight.Your pilot takes you along an exciting 23-mile (37-km) route down California’s central coastline all the way to Big Sur. Snap photos of the expansive vist including the mountains of the Southern Coast Ranges and admire views of Carmel and Big Sur’s Santa Lucia Mountains that rise dramatically from the blue ocean. Look for whales and other marine mammals as you soak up the spectacular landscape below including the Bixby Creek Bridge possibly the most photographed bridge on the entire Pacific Coast Highway."
From $475.00
 
Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour
"The Monterey & Carmel Explorer Tour will take you along California's Pacific Coast on your way to historic Monterey & picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea along with a drive through Pacific Grove in between. Monterey Bay has great geologic and b which borders 276 miles of California’s spectacular coastline. Monterey Bay was the site of the first Europeans to visit the land that became California. Several waves of industrial scale whaling and fishing exploited the bounty of the huge undersea tren California Highway 1 (fog permitting). After an optional stop in Santa Cruz a rest break and optional photo stops along the way you will set foot on Monterey’s famous Cannery Row for a chance to stroll among the shops and grab a fresh seafood lunch. If you bring your own lunch you might be able to squeeze in a short trip to the world famous Monterey Aquarium (admission not included). After lunch
From $140.00
 
Monterey And Carmel-by-the-Sea Day Private Tour from San Francisco
"Escape the big city for a trip along the beautiful Monterey Peninsula via the Pacific Coast Highway. Enjoy stunning seascape views the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Steinbeck's Cannery Row as you cruise the famous 17-Mile Drive heading to the coastal town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.Stop at historic Cannery Row—John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name takes place on this street during the Great Depression—for a 000 strange and colorful underwater creatures from playful sea otters and turtles to powerful sharks and the rare and massive ocean sunfish.Cruise along the scenic and celebrated 17-Mile Drive home to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course. Admire the Lone Cypress—this postcard-worthy tree stands on a rugged granite outpost amid the waves—and scope out the area’s magnificent mansions with their sweeping coastal views. Stop along the way t head to enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea
From $1,100.00

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Lodgings, Gas, Restaurants

Favorite thing there are many lodging and dining options along the big sur area in the Pacific Coast and there is a few gas stations located along this 90 mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway. Most of the lodging facilities are located at Big Sur Proper but there are also accomodations dotting along the Pacific Central Coast and among the Lodging Facilities are the Big Sur Lodge, Big Sur Inn, Fernwood Resort, Gorda Inn Resort, The Lucia Lodge and more. The best thing to do at big sur is to do Nature Activities like hiking, Mountain Climbing, White River Rafting, Biking and other nature related activities.

website is: www.bigsurcalifornia.org/

Fondest memory according to their website:

In other awards, Big Sur was voted "Best Place to Play Hookie," and "Best Romantic Getaway." Big Sur is also home of the "Best Marathon in North America" and the "Best Hotel in North America." Adding to our 'best of' list, Big Sur is now home to the "Best Restaurant in California," per the Zagat Survey. National Geographic Traveler listed Big Sur as one of the "50 Places of a Lifetime/The World's Greatest Destinations." Playboy Magazine rates Post Ranch Inn as one of the "sexiest" places on earth (Feb. '07). Consistently a 'top pick' for weekend getaways and fantasy vacations." Home to Traveler's Choice "Ten Greenest Accommodations in the World" award to Post Ranch Inn which ranked #3 in the world for greenest hotel, which gives them the #1 ranking for greenest lodging in Big Sur.

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May 15, 2012

Information Center

Favorite thing There's a good information center in Big Sur Valley's Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park. You can get information on hiking in the area, as well as facilities and upcoming events. There are a number of redwoods in the area around the information center.

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Jan 25, 2006

Happy Ewoks and Captain Trots

Favorite thing Find much needed water. We’ve been out. We’re thirsty. We were back at the base of the loop, where the waterfall was. A lot of California waters have Kooties and that gives you the trots. You do not wish to have it. We drank the water. So far so good… intestines working fine and not at a faster pace. (Writing 5 days after. I think I am in the clear)

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Pounder73
Jul 10, 2003

Foggy Morning

Favorite thing The fog came in last night. But no worries, it burns off by midday. Under the clouds of the fog we make breakfast and go gather wood. This was done legally at the Big Sur Market for about $7.00 a bundle. It was now time to pack lunches for our afternoon hike.

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Jul 10, 2003
 
 
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Lighting and Weeds

Favorite thing Electricity did not arrive in Big Sur until the early 1950's, and it still does not extend the length of the coast or into the more remote mountainous areas. No worries, the locals do not want you to go wandering around those places anyway.

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Pounder73
Jul 10, 2003

Indigenous and death

Favorite thing The earliest known people to live in the area were the Ohlone, also called the Costanoan, Native Americans. (Cliff dwellers in Spanish, I think) Peaceful bands of this tribe populated present-day California from the Golden Gate to Big Sur some 3,000 to 3,500 years ago. They were hunters and gatherers, until they were virtually wiped out in the late 1700s by European diseases and attempts to change their religion and lifestyle. (read: enslaved)

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Pounder73
Jul 10, 2003

What they don’t tell you ‘bout Hearst Castle

Favorite thing ...while driving over Bixbie Bridge

I’ve been to the Hearst Castle a few times with the family, and found some info on good ol’ Billy Randolph. There are some interesting tidbits about the mansion that they don’t elaborate on when you take the tours, but I feel is important to know. Chinese Slave Labor built much of the Castle. He took some slaves for his own personal usage from the Railway labor. Also, while taking the tour, you will see many artifacts that look like they belong in Catholic Churches. Well, surprisingly enough most were in Catholic Churches until he paid a visit to them with his mob-squad and instructed his goons to take what he wanted. Extorting extortionists.

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Jul 10, 2003

1st Scenic Hwy - in California

Favorite thing 1937, the present highway was completed after eighteen years of construction at a considerable expense even with the aid of convict labor. The highway has since been declared California's first Scenic Highway

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Jul 10, 2003
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"MY 4th of July"
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"Big Sur: A Rare Gift"
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"Big Sur, One of My Favorite Places"
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"It's the Journey, Not the Destination"
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"Big Sur"
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El Sur Grande

Favorite thing Big Sur, the “town” (read: there really isn’t one) is located 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of LA. But it is actually a 90-mile stretch of rugged and awesomely beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north and San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to the south.

Fondest memory If you plan to drive it once, it is better to drive south, because it is much easier to stop your car off the side of the road, especially on tourist days.

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Jul 10, 2003

Girl in Camo

Favorite thing When driving to Big Sur from the Bay Area, you will be driving through areas such as Monterey and Carmel. This is also very close to the Laguna Seca Raceway. You can tell it is race season by nice arses in camouflage.

Fondest memory She walked in the picture, what was I supposed to do?

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Jul 10, 2003

Mountains Drop to the Sea

Favorite thing In 1542 Cabrillo sailed by here and wrote: "There are mountains which seem to reach to the heavens, and the sea beats on them."

Margaret Owings, resident and conservationist, said, "There's something about Big Sur that puts people in their place. Something they have to come back to, because it does something to you. And it gives you a responsibility to keep it like this."

Today, Big Sur is a coastal wilderness of 200,000 acres, with 90 miles of California coast. The highway was constructed in the 1930s for people to see it.

Fondest memory Driving along the highway (with my husband doing the driving, so I could look at the views) and each corner that we rounded had something beautiful and different.

A website which has a lot of history and pictures of the area is:

http://www.pelicannetwork.net/bigsur.html

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Apr 06, 2003

Scenic Route nr. 1, a most beautiful road

Favorite thing Stateroute nr. 1 runs from just North of Los Angeles to San Francisco, straigth along the Pacific coastline. Building this route must have been from quiet easy to extremely difficult as at some places the Pacific has cut deep into the rocky shore of California. Especialy near Big Sur there had to be bridges to keep the road going to the City on the Bay.

Fondest memory The waves strucking the coast by force, deep, deep below us.

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Oct 16, 2002

Things to Do Near Big Sur

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Bixby Bridge

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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Bixby Bridge

The Bixby Bridge, is a reinforced concrete arch bridge in Big Sur, 120 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles south of Carmel on State Route 1. Prior to the opening of the bridge in 1932,...
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McWay Falls

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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Garland Ranch Regional Park

Garland Ranch Regional Park is located just a short drive up Carmel Valley Road, and is a great place to get away from civilization for a while. This park has easy to difficult trails that go from...
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Point Lobos State Reserve

The Reserve opens daily at 9 A.M. Visitors must leave the reserve by the closing time posted at the ranger station Summer closing time: Daylight Savings Time: begins Sunday, April 4, 2004. No...
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17 Mile Drive

Every previous visit I've made to Carmel has been a foggy one. On my last trip however, I finally timed it right. It was a GORGEOUS, sun-sun-sunny day - perfect for doing the 17-Mile Drive. If you're...
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