Top Choice Lighthouse in Big Sur

Point Sur State Historic Park

A little over 6 miles south of Bixby Bridge, Point Sur rises like a velvety green fortress out of the sea. It looks like an island, but is actually connected to land by a sandbar. Atop the volcanic rock sits an 1889…
Top Choice Park in Big Sur

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

If you're chasing waterfalls, swing into this state park named for a Big Sur pioneer. From the parking lot, the 1.3-mile round-trip Overlook Trail rushes downhill toward the ocean, passing through a tunnel underneat…
Forest in Big Sur

Los Padres National Forest

The tortuously winding 40-mile stretch of Hwy 1 south of Lucia to Hearst Castle is sparsely populated, rugged and remote, mostly running through national forest lands. Around 5 miles south of Kirk Creek Campground a…
State Park in Big Sur

Andrew Molera State Park

Named after the farmer who first planted artichokes in California, this oft-overlooked park is a trail-laced pastiche of grassy meadows, ocean bluffs and rugged sandy beaches offering excellent wildlife watching. Lo…
Beach in Big Sur

Pfeiffer Beach

This phenomenal, crescent-shaped and dog-friendly beach is known for its huge double rock formation, through which waves crash with life-affirming power. It’s often windy, and the surf is too dangerous for swimming.…
Park in Big Sur

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Named after Big Sur’s first European settlers who arrived in 1869, this is Big Sur's largest state park, where hiking trails loop through stately redwood groves. The most popular hike – to 60ft-high Pfeiffer Falls, …
Museum in Big Sur

Big Sur Discovery Center

From the parking lot at Andrew Molera State Park, walk south to this educational nature center to learn all about the endangered California condors that soar overhead along Big Sur's coast.
Arts Center in Big Sur

Henry Miller Memorial Library

Novelist Henry Miller was a Big Sur denizen from 1944 to 1962. More of a beatnik memorial, alt-cultural venue and bookshop, this community gathering spot was never Miller’s home. The house belonged to Miller’s frien…
Waterfall in Big Sur

Salmon Creek Falls

Take a short hike to splash around in the pools at the base of this double-drop waterfall, tucked uphill in a forested canyon. The falls usually run from December through May, and the trail is dog-friendly. In a hai…
Beach in Big Sur

Partington Cove

It's a raw, breathtaking spot where crashing surf salts your skin. On the steep, half-mile dirt hike down to the cove, you’ll cross a cool bridge and go through an even cooler tunnel. The cove's water is unbelievabl…