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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.

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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: Beaches; State Parks
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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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Bixby Bridge
Bixby Bridge
This historical bridge is a popular subject for photographers.
Attraction type: Bridges
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Sierra Mar
Sierra Mar
Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $45 - $120
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Nepenthe
Nepenthe
Ranked #2 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant
Deetjen's Big Sur Inn Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
The Restaurant at Ventana
The Restaurant at Ventana
Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $35 - $75
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Treebones Resort Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Treebones Resort Wild Coast Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $22 - $45
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian, Contemporary
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Ripplewood Resort
Ripplewood Resort
$95 - $250
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
Ventana Campground
Ventana Campground
$55 - $55
Plaskett Creek Campground
Plaskett Creek Campground
$22

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
$830 - $1,961
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Ventana Inn & Spa
4.5 of 5
Ventana Inn & Spa
$657 - $1,482
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Bernardus Lodge & Spa
4.0 of 5
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
$444 - $863
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.