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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Ranked #5 of 34 things to do in Big Sur
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Inverness, Illinois
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed November 24, 2013

We overnighted in Big Sur Lodge, in Big Sur State Park. Their rooms are actually cabins. They were okay, the price was not bad, but there was no TV, no Wi-fi, barely a cell signal, no breakfast included (but you could eat at the lodge). However, it was clean and comfortable, gave us a separate bedroom, and a kitchen. In the morning we were treated to at least 6 or 8 deer grazing quietly on our front lawn & across the street, and they allowed us plenty of time to photograph them. We then drove through some portions of the Park, and enjoyed the redwood trees, and the general scenery – very lovely drive.
The Lodge is well located along Big Sur, about 2/3 of the way to Carmel, driving northbound. We took the whole day to meander up there from Cambria, stopping dozens of times to take pictures, and having a picnic lunch. We got into the Lodge after dark, but only because we dawdled so long.

Visited November 2013
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Marco Island, Florida
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wonderful hikes”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

Pfeiffer Falls is nice and the hike to Valley View is also good. And don't forget to find the Colonial Redwood, the largest redwood in the park. What I liked most about this state park were the redwoods. You're surrounded by them almost the entire time you're there. They are magnificent

Visited October 2013
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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193 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Lovely Park”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

While in California, my boyfriend and I decided to explore through this park and it was worth it (and the money)! We packed a quick lunch and ate at one of the picnic tables by the creek - super relaxing and quiet! Once we ate we marveled at the MASSIVE redwoods surrounding the area while starting the hiking trail. We wish we would have tried to see the waterfall instead of the "Valley View" hike. We are not expert hikers but this was just not for us and once at the top, we were just not that impressed - oh well, there's always next time! Overall, this is an awesome place to explore and take in all that nature has to offer!

Visited September 2013
Thank Kate W
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Del Mar, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Falls Hike”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

We're not big hikers, but the trail to the falls was great. Some older folks we met along the way were a bit taxed by the climbs. Made us want to experience more. Will be back to explore next year!

Visited October 2013
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Easy hikes, beautiful scenery”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Pfeiffer includes several easy hikes, all less than 1.5 miles. The waterfall hike is underwhelming - would skip it and do Buzzard's Roost instead. A bit steeper but great view and lots of redwoods to enjoy!

Visited October 2013
Thank Lindsey R
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