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Point Sur State Historic Park

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Address: Hwy. 1, Big Sur, CA 93940
Phone Number: 831-625-4419

This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.

This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.

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The Big Sur is a must see if in Northern California. It's quite a drive from any major city but it has one of the most breathtaking views you will ever see and there are several... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Big Sur is a must see if in Northern California. It's quite a drive from any major city but it has one of the most breathtaking views you will ever see and there are several look out points where you can get some great photographs. Most people go to Big Sur and camp but if you're doing so be... More 

Thank theprincessandqueen
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took the tour on a Sunday in April and it was cool and cloudy when we arrived. During the tour, it warmed and cleared up, and we had really beautiful views in all directions. The wildflowers were blooming. The history is interesting, the restoration of the keeper's quarters is meticulous, the location is stunning, and the tour guides were... More 

Thank Hope S
Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great hike and history lesson about the Pt. Sur Lighthouse. Kevin and Eleanor were the guides for the day - we had Kevin. He was entertaining and full of knowledge! The views from the path leading to the lighthouse were breathtaking. We enjoyed getting to the top and chatting with the docents, as people drank hot cocoa and... More 

Thank Elly A
Avenal, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lighthouse tour was really nice. Views from on top of the mountain are breath taking!! Check their website for times and guidelines. During summertime, recommend arriving 45 minutes early to avoid being cut off from the tour capacity limitation. Paranormal activity abounds there so say the docents who volunteer to lead tours there!!

Thank Attraversiamo2023
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344 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lighthouse at Point Sur State Historic Park is well worth the walk. The volunteers who coordinate the tour have limited resources, so plan ahead and check tour times, so you are not disappointed, should you miss a tour.

Thank gadgetguy11
San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to detour our northern to Southern California trip by way of a coastal route, since neither of us had even been along Big Sur. It's one of the most beautiful drives I've ever been on in California, and I say that as a native who has lived here over half of my life. The water and cliffs are... More 

1 Thank JuliaGooliaAbroad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Great experience and learning while hiking up to the top of the rock, but not having an option to leave in the middle was concerning. Our two young boys managed it fine, however, and listed the trip as a highlight in our mini vacation to Carmel.

2 Thank Donavaughn L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Have been wanting to do this tour for YEARS and never had the opportunity. Was finally able to do this tour on May 4th with a couple of just amazing docents who obviously love what they do. The views are spectacular, the walk is long but our guides stopped several times along the way to explain the rocks, the navy... More 

1 Thank Erica W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Point Sur lighthouse is located on a huge rock located on the Pacific Ocean just about 45 minutes south of Carmel and just a little north of Big Sur. Coming from Carmel, you come around a curve on Hwy 1 and get your first glimpse of the rock and of the lighthouse beacon. Tours are led twice a day in... More 

1 Thank calsand
Fulton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

they only have tours a few times per week so plan ahead and arrive early as they only take the 1st 40 people. the tour is 3 hours and walks you up the hill to the lighthouse and other buildings. I might add that it is quite a steep hill so wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers as it... More 

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