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Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

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Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

My wife and I will leave our B&B in Pacific Grove around 9:30 am on Thursday July 23 to enjoy Big Sur and Hearst's Castle for the day. Additionary, I would like to have a drink or lunch at the Nepenthe restaurant and visit Pfieffer Beach. Please share your ideas on the itinerary we should consider. Thanks.

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1. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

Nepenthe is a very nice choice for a casual meal, you will have gorgeous views here. We ate here last month, it was fun. If you want something a little more upscale with a bit more gourmet food, consider lunch at the Post Ranch Inn @ Sierra Mar. The drive from PG to Big Sur is stunning, take it slow and don't forget your camera. :)

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2. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

You will definitely need to plan on a late tour of Hearst Castle in order to fit all that in to 1 day. Pacific Grove to Big Sur is a 1 hour drive. Factor in Pfeiffer Beach and Nepenthe/Phoenix Shop and that will most likely mean a 1:30- 2:00 pm (or later) departure time from Big Sur. Hearst Castle is another 2 hour drive without stops. While Hearst is only 60 miles from Big Sur, the 20 MPH hairpin turns and the nature of Highway 1 will slow you down. Plus, there's just so much to take in on the drive down: McWay Falls, Salmon Creek Falls, Ragged Point, elephant seal rookery will be sure to capture your interest.

If you're planning on overnighting in the San Simeon/Cambria area, then a morning tour of Hearst would work out better for your plan. That way, you're not stressing about passing those great coastal views in order to be at Hearst Castle at a certain time.

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kentucky
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3. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

This very helpful. Are any of the stops you list better for us to visit on the way back after Hearst Castle?

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4. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

You're leaving P.G. at 9:30 am. It takes approx. 2-2 1/2 hours to drive to Hearst Castle via Highway 1. That's an approx. arrival time of 11:30 am- 12:00 pm. Hearst tours take approx. 2 hours. If your tour is at 12:30 pm, that gets you out at 2:30 pm. That gives you just about 6 hours to explore the Big Sur coast on your return trip. That's what I suggest. Get to the castle first and see/do those items on the list that interest you. But be prepared for a late return to P.G.

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5. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

Thanks. We will try to leave PG earlier and plan on arriving late.

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6. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

At some time in your vacation, visit Pt Lobos State Reserve which is just south of Carmel. It would be better to visit it as a day trip from Pacific Grove to give it its due.

As far as how to visit the Big Sur, consider driving Hwy 1 in the daytime and taking Hwy 101 back after dark.

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7. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

I agree, Pt. Lobos is not to be missed, it is in the gorgeous Carmel Highland's area. :)

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8. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

Our schedule is fairly clear the following day (Friday)to visit some of North Big Sur as well. We just need to be at a airport hotel that evening for an early next day flight. How long will it take to drive back on 101 from the Hearst Castle area? Thanks.

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9. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

The 101 from Hearst Castle is about a 40 minute drive (10 miles south on the 1, 20 miles east on the 46), so it really won't save you any time vs. continuing south on Highway 1, which picks up the 101 in San Luis Obispo anyway. The section of Highway 1 south of Hearst castle is partly 55 MPH, but once you reach Cayucos (17 miles south of Hearst), the highway becomes a 2 lane in each direction 55/65 MPH road.

Without stops, Hearst Castle to L.A. is about a 4+ hour drive.

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10. Re: Suggestions for one day in Big Sur in July?

Scratch the above suggestion. I misunderstood.

Again, it will take about 40 minutes to get to the 101 from Hearst Castle. The Monterey Peninsula is about a 2 hour drive from Paso Robles. So it's still a 3 hour trip whether you take the 1 or the 101 back to P.G.

If your Hearst tour is in the late am or early pm, you certainly will have time to explore Big Sur on the drive back up Highway 1. You just might find all that driving tiring, but it will be worth it.