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Big Sur Coastline and Highway 1
Big Sur Coastline and Highway 1 at California

Big Sur Coastline and Highway 1

Big SurCalifornia 93920
Category: Attractions
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Big Sur Coastline & Highway 1

Jaw-dropping, breathtaking and stunning are just a few of the adjectives commonly used to describe Big Sur, the dramatic slice of California coastline between Carmel and Morro Bay. Huge ocean waves crash against tall cliffs, creating a rugged wilderness of unparalleled natural beauty. Winding through this splendor is Highway 1, an impossibly curvy road that cruises past wildlife preserves, epic forests and picture-perfect beaches to explore.


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Whale migration, elephant seal breeding season


  • Witness some of the planet's most spectacular coastal scenery
  • Hike to a hidden waterfall
  • Stargaze on clear evenings
  • Plan a picnic by the beach and listen to crashing ocean waves
  • Watch for wildlife: whales, sea otters and elephant seals

Things to Do in Big Sur

Discover all kinds of fun things to do in Big Sur, mostly which revolve around nature. Hike to scenic ocean vistas, plan a picnic on the beach, or watch for wildlife on land and sea. You’ll also find restaurants, gift shops and art galleries dotted up and down the coast.

Climate & Weather

The coastal trails of Big Sur can be surprisingly chilly for travelers expecting So Cal temperatures. Afternoons are warm, but evenings can be quite cool so be sure to wear layers to stay comfortable.


  • How long is the drive from Monterey to Big Sur?

    Driving from Monterey to the northern end of Big Sur will take about 10-15 minutes with no traffic.
  • What are some really great hiking trails in the Big Sur area?

    You’ll find awesome hikes at Point Lobos State Preserve, located at the northern tip of Big Sur. Other popular trails include Andrew Molera Loop at Andrew Molera State Park and Pfeiffer Falls Trail at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.


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