Big Sur is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world with roughly 85 miles of stunning Pacific Ocean views! I’ve been meaning to visit for years but since moving to New York a few years back it wasn’t as easy. Now that I’m in San Francisco I made it a priority to visit this summer! I can’t believe it took me this long to visit given that I’m a California native. The drive along the Pacific Coast Highway is probably the most fun and scenic drives I’ve experienced! From waves crashing into the rocks, Bixby Bridge and many State Parks along the way, there’s a ton of scenic views during the drive into Big Sur. A weekend trip to Big Sur is easily doable, here is my weekend guide to Big Sur.
Tips Before Your Visit
- Book accommodations way in advance! Things book up really fast!
- Big Sur CAN be done in 1 day from San Francisco but a weekend is ideal
- There is absolutely no cell service once you enter Big Sur territory. Print or screenshot a map here or keep your iPhone map open and follow the dot of your current location
- Rent a car. Maybe a convertible if you’re up for it!
- Big Sur is not cheap! Be prepared to spend a little extra on accommodations and dining.
- Big Sur is 3 hours from San Francisco and 5-6 hours from Los Angeles
Where To Stay
What To Do
1. Bixby Creek Bridge
2. Mcway Falls
3. See the magical purple sand (Pfeiffer Beach)
Tip: The road is easy to miss, just make sure to take the 2nd right after Big Sur Station (Sycamore Canyon Rd). There is also signs that says “Narrow Road” and there’s usually a worker directing you to either turn OR parking is full. If parking is full you will need to park on the highway and walk 2 miles in… that happened to me. If you’re lucky to get parking inside it’s $10 so bring cash!
4. Key Hole Arch (Pfeiffer Beach)
5. Stop at as many turnouts to enjoy the Pacific Coastline
6. Hike at one of Big Sur’s California State Parks: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and Andrew Molera State Park.
7. Dine at a restaurant with a view: here
I hope you enjoy your visit through Big Sur! There is so much to see and do, if you haven’t taken a road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway you’re missing out on stunner views! Thank you Big Sur for an amazing adventure through the pacific coast.
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Comment below if you need any tips or advice!