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Trip Planner USA  /  California  /  Big Sur

Big Sur

4.2
Beaches · Bridges · State Parks
Big Country of the South
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1. The isolated "ranchos" and eccentric vacation homes in the area draw creative types and writers seeking refuge. Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson all lived in the area for a time and helped infuse it with a mysterious and creative vibe. When using our United States day trip planning tool, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Popular things to do in Big Sur

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Bixby Bridge ©
Bridge
Bixby Bridge
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
McWay Falls ©
Waterfall
McWay Falls
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Big Sur

Pinnacles National Park ©
National Park
Pinnacles National Park Paicines
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Winery / Vineyard
Joullian Vineyards & Winery Carmel Valley
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Monterey County
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Big Sur

Limekiln State Park ©
State Park
Limekiln State Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Lighthouse
Point Sur State Historic Park
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Partington Cove ©
Hiking Trail
Partington Cove
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
Andrew Molera State Park ©
State Park
Andrew Molera State Park
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Trails in Big Sur

Salmon Creek Falls Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Salmon Creek Falls Trail
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ewoldsen Trail
Hiking Trail
Ewoldsen Trail
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Big Sur

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Partington Point ©
Geologic Formation
Partington Point
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Big Sur

New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
Religious Site
New Camaldoli Hermitage
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Big Sur

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