There are so many beautiful points of interest to stop and check out while driving through Big Sur. If you choose to drive up Highway 1 while coming up from Southern California up to Monterey. Or even spend a few hours of your day driving south from Monterey. It may only be about 30 miles but takes about 90 minutes to safely get there.
Here are just a few places to check out that we have been to.
Bixby Bridge – Built in 1932 it is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world and one of the most photographed bridges along the Pacific Coast due to its aesthetic design and location
McWay Falls – an 80-foot waterfall located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park that flows year-round. Unfortunately due to a 1983 fire and 1985 landslides the grounds were altered, making the beach inaccessible. Still a beautiful site to see.
McWay Falls at Pfeiffer Beach
China Cove – (Just north of Big Sur) – This was one of Terry’s original locations that she wanted to propose to me at. However the access down to this particular beach has been closed off and may never reopen. Point Lobos contains a number of hiking trails, many next to the ocean, and a number of beaches. Wildlife is seen everywhere, seals and blue whales in the ocean, marine life on the shores, rabbits in the bushes we were even lucky enough to see California condor fly right over our heads.
Info as provided by Wikipedia
China Cove at Point Lobos
Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. Although it has no specific boundaries, many definitions of the area include the 90 miles (140 km) of coastline from the Carmel River in Monterey County south to the San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County, and extend about 20 miles (30 km) inland to the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucias. Other sources limit the eastern border to the coastal flanks of these mountains, only 3 to 12 miles (5 to 19 km) inland. Another practical definition of the region is the segment of California State Route 1 from Carmel south to San Simeon. The northern end of Big Sur is about 120 miles (190 km) south of San Francisco, and the southern end is approximately 245 miles (394 km) northwest of Los Angeles.
Pictures used in this post were taken by myself the day Terry proposed.