We stopped to visit Big Sur for a few days on our way up the coast. It’s an amazing area and has a mystical feeling.
There are many reasons to visit Big Sur, but here are my top 10 reasons:
- The breathtaking drive up highway one
Rocky coastlines with fading cliffs and endless view of the blue ocean
- McWay Falls
Cove with an unreal waterfall flowing straight into a pristine blue ocean. You can’t go to the beach, but the view from the trail is worth the short walk (access from Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park).
- Ewoldsen Trail
Mystical trail through redwoods and a perfectly clear stream surrounded by clovers. You’d almost half-expect fairies to be floating around in the air.
- The Coastal Redwoods
Highly adaptive to the changing climate on the big sur coast, they have tough bark and really cool pine cones (my favorite pine cones!).
- Partington Cove
Short hike down from the highway to bright blue waves crashing into light grey rocks and a cool bridge through sequoias.
- Big Sur Deli and Taphouse
Local vibe with great draft selection and reasonably priced deli items. Also makes you feel like you’re in a 300 old tavern with lots of lively locals.
- Cycling highway one
The road is windy and there isn’t much room to get off the road if a car is coming, but it’s totally worth it, just be as safe as you can. 🙂
- Beautiful and unique plants
Every place we’ve been has so many gorgeous varities of plants, I joke that the main reason we came on this trip was to widen my pressed plant collection haha. I really enjoyed the selection at big sur. Including indian paintbrush, sequoias, and pampas grass.
- Escalen Institute Thermal Baths
We went during the off-season and they are only open during the summer, but I would have loved to visit their thermal baths and enjoy the serene environment described by most reviews of this place. You do need reservations but it’s only about $30 to use the pools!
- Do Nothing
The resounding motto here is to “do nothing” and just enjoy the beautiful landscape and serene environment. Everything here is so wild and untouched. I will include a disclaimer that we visited during the off-season…we’ve heard horror stories of thousands of people trying to find a place to camp during the summer, so I’d definitely recommend planning out a trip during the spring/fall months!