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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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Bixby Bridge
Bixby Bridge
This historical bridge is a popular subject for photographers.
Attraction type: Bridges
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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Attraction type: State Parks
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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, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Nepenthe
Nepenthe
Ranked #2 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American, Pacific Rim
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
The Restaurant at Ventana
The Restaurant at Ventana
Ranked #4 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Price: $35 - $75
Cuisines: American, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, 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, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant
Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Big Sur
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Plaskett Creek Campground
Plaskett Creek Campground
$22
Ventana Campground
Ventana Campground
$40 - $144

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Treebones Resort
Treebones Resort
$159 - $329
Ranked #2 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
Ripplewood Resort
Ripplewood Resort
$95 - $250
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Post Ranch Inn
5.0 of 5
Post Ranch Inn
$856 - $1,962
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Ventana Inn & Spa
4.5 of 5
Ventana Inn & Spa
$709 - $1,706
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Big Sur
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Bernardus Lodge & Spa
4.0 of 5
Bernardus Lodge & Spa
$423 - $870
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.