Big Sur driving tour

Big Sur, California - Point Sur LighthouseBig Sur is an area on the coast of California, roughly in between San Simeon to the south and the little town of Big Sur to the north. It is not clearly defined and many people refer to different places when talking about Big Sur. Some talk about the Point Sur light house while some talk about the Julia Pfeiffer Burns park. Regardless of the proper definition of Big Sur, this area of the California Coast boasts some breathtaking views of the Pacific coast.

Main tourist attractions in Big Sur, California

San Simeon is a great place to start exploring Big Sur

We started our Big Sur exploration at San Simeon where the famous Hearst Castle is. Yes, we did visit the castle the day before and that particular day of December we just wanted to take a drive up the coast (on Pacific Coast Highway) and see what we can see in one day and return to our motel in Cambria. We read about Big Sur but we weren’t sure what to expect. Little did we know that we will end up stopping every few miles or so, sometimes after each turn. My wife and I kept saying: “Wow, look at this…we have to pull over !”.

Rocky coastline in Big Sur, California.
Rocky coastline in Big Sur, California.
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A little hiking can reveal great natural beauty

We didn’t get to stop at Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park even though we wanted to. We just got there too late. However, when my brother went to Big Sur he went to the park early in the day and got this gorgeous picture. The park is right by Highway 1 and you can get to see this view after a short hike from the parking lot. It’s worth it. Next time we go there we’ll definitely want to stop and hike the short trail.

Beach waterfall in Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park in Big Sur, California.
Beach waterfall in Julia Pfeiffer Burns Park in Big Sur, California.
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A tourist’s conclusion about Big Sur, California.

We just loved Big Sur and the San Simeon area. If you like nature and are not looking for exciting night life, this area will be a great destination for you. I don’t think you would find any other spot on earth where just driving around is so much fun !

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