Explore Big Sur

the awe of nature

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Painters, poets, and writers, such as Henry Miller, considered Big Sur “God’s Country.” Whatever your calling, you’ll surely feel the spirituality of the place as well.

Nestled amid sheer cliffs, meandering trails, and endless turquoise seas, Big Sur has tempted tourists in search of serenity ever since Highway One, a miraculous 90-mile stretch between Carmel and San Simeon, was completed in 1937. It had already been home to indigenous people for over 6,000 years. There’s still a spot to suit every taste, from the popular Big Sur River Inn, where families flock during warmer months to sip a cool drink while dangling their feet in the river, to the posh, award-winning Post Ranch Inn.

Discover Ragged Point, the southern gateway, and oft-photographed McWay Falls at renowned Jules Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Hike amid sheltering redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Stop at Nepenthe for eclectic souvenirs, a bite to eat, and incredible views. Catch a purple and yellow sunset through the arch at hidden Pfeiffer Beach. Snap a photo of Bixby Creek Bridge. Or stay at Esalen for a stimulating mind/body workshop beside the sea. It’s clear why Big Sur was voted “Best Romantic Getaway.” Check out bigsur.org for up-to-date lodging information and more.

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