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Big Sur
Jagged cliffs pummeled by surf line the Pacific Coast Highway along Big Sur, creating some of California's most memorable ocean vistas between Carmel and the northern tip of San Luis Obispo County. Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller found inspiration in its fog-banked canyons and meadows. Gray whales migrate past twice a year, and elephant seals bask on the sandy shores. Luxury hotels, restaurants and art galleries cluster in a six-mile strip, giving way to redwood-filled state parks on either side.

All things to do » Things to do

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
Attraction type: State Parks; Beaches
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Pfeiffer Beach
Pfeiffer Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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McWay Falls
McWay Falls
Attraction type: Waterfalls
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Point Sur State Historic Park
Point Sur State Historic Park
This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.
Attraction type: Lighthouses; State Parks
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Partington Cove
Partington Cove
Attraction type: Hiking Trails

All places to eat » Places to eat

Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Californian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Cafe Kevah
Cafe Kevah
Ranked #2 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Cuisines: Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
The Restaurant at Ventana Inn
The Restaurant at Ventana Inn
Ranked #3 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $35 - $75
Cuisines: Californian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Big Sur Taphouse
Big Sur Taphouse
Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night
Nepenthe
Nepenthe
Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Ripplewood Resort
Ripplewood Resort
$95 - $250
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Treebones Resort
Treebones Resort
$159 - $329
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn
$110 - $195
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Lucia Lodge
Lucia Lodge
$150 - $225
Ranked #7 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Post Ranch Inn
5.0 of 5
Post Ranch Inn
$684 - $1,734
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Ventana Inn & Spa
4.5 of 5
Ventana Inn & Spa
$653 - $1,744
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Bernardus Lodge
4.0 of 5
Bernardus Lodge
$423 - $925
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Carmel Valley
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.