Discover miles and miles of rugged coastline with million-dollar mountain views. That's Big Sur in a nutshell. A hiker's heaven and a nature lover's paradise. Hugging California's Central Coast from Carmel to San Simeon, this natural playground has plenty to offer on top of the epic drive. Explore National State Parks with giant trees, woodsy trails, rocky cliffs, and drool-worthy beaches. You can't go wrong with the Pfeiffer State Parks for hiking scenic trails. Climb up high for a birds-eye view of some of the best coastal views on earth. Grab a bite to eat at one of the clifftop restaurants and just take in the vistas.
There's plenty to do in Big Sur. Driving along the famous Highway 1 is one of the biggest highlights. So is hiking, camping, bird-watching, dining, shopping at an art gallery or a local festival. Make it a priority to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Los Padres National Forest, Garrapata State Beach and Sand Dollar Beach. Tour the lighthouse and pay a visit to the Henry Miller Library.
Hike at your leisure in any of the 8 state parks in Big Sur. The best views are found at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (Valley View Trail), Andrew Molera State Park (Molera 8), and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (McWay Waterfall Trail & Ewoldsen Trail). Other state parks still worth checking out are USFS Pfeiffer Beach, Garrapta State Park, Point Sur State Historic Park & Point Sur Lightstation and Los Padres National Forest.