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

Side trips from Big Sur

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

Hidden gems in Big Sur

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

Trails in Big Sur

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

Nature in Big Sur

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

Historic Sites in Big Sur

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Religious Site
New Camaldoli Hermitage
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Big Sur

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