Alright, thanks again for joining me for another episode for the Live Camp Work Podcast! I’m your host Sharee Collier and today we’re going to be talking about the super popular California Coast and more specifically Big Sur!
Big Sur, California is an amazing RVing destination with road trip adventures for all ages! Technically not a town or a city, Big Sur includes a variety of places to go and things to see from the main Big Sur area all the way up to nearby Monterey and back again!
On our way up the coast we had the pleasure of experiencing many great attractions, rugged beaches, windy roads, great restaurants and lesser known treasures which is why I wanted to jump on and give you a few ideas for your next trip on the California coastline!
So let’s jump in!
Big Sur is off the coast of California and is easily accessible if you’re planning a road trip up the Coastal Highway. Of course, we recommend you travel in your RV and take your home on wheels along for the ride, but if you want to take this trip with just the car and find lodging in the local area that will work as well.
If you’re interested in an AirBnB, Big Sur has many options available for small and large groups! Check out these options in the area!
If you don’t have an RV but would love to take this epic road trip in one, find an RV to rent with Outdoorsy and see if RVing is right for you with a test trip!
Big Sur Station [Visitor Center]
The best place to start any road trip or RV adventure is to find the visitor center! Asking lots of questions like, “What are the best things to do in Big Sur?” can help you narrow down what locals consider worthy of sightseeing.
Big Sur Station is actually the Big Sur Visitor Center and Information Station! It’s located on HWY 1 and is open daily from 9am-4pm. Be sure to pick up lots of brochures for all the attractions you are considering visiting during your trip.
17 Mile Drive
A scenic drive in Pebble Beach, California- the 17 Mile Drive is a tourist trap worth taking. Located at the tip of the Monterey Bay Peninsula, the historic town of Pacific Groves has found a way to monetize the sights of this beautiful road trip!
At just $10.50 per vehicle, you can enjoy The Lone Cypress, Bird Rock, Spanish Bay, Point Joe, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and much more! Download the 17 Mile Drive App and enjoy an illustrated map of the resort, virtual concierge, and even an audio guide!
Point Sur Lighthouse
Sitting above the water by more than 350 feet, this light station is the only turn of the century lighthouse open to the public. Visitors enjoy the location of being on top of a volcanic rock, for docent only led tours which last around 3 hours. Located just 19 miles south of Carmel along Highway 1, you can stop by any weekend but make sure to arrive early to get parking and call prior for the most up to date tour information.
Make time to pull over and grab a shot of the Bixby Bridge, Big Sur equivalent to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco! Soaring 260 feet above the canyon, Bixby Bridge is a must-see road trip way point for travelers looking to get the most iconic pictures along Highway 1.
Driving a large RV or pulling a large travel trailer or 5th wheel, will make it difficult to pull over and take pictures, but road trippers in cars, small motorhomes, and Class B types will have few issues.
Waterfall Overlook Trail
At just ½ a mile roundtrip, this short hike is the perfect length for young and mature travelers who want the least amount of work for the biggest reward. Located inside the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, it’s almost a flat walk over to the oceanfront overview that provides a great view of McWay Falls.
Partington Cove Trail
Also located at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, the Partington Cove Trail is a short steep hike covering just 1-mile roundtrip. Great for a short, it leads over wooden bridge down to a 60-foot tunnel where you exit on to a rocky beach. It’s an awesome short hike!
Picture perfect shot! The McWay waterfall can be seen from the Waterfall Overlook Trail, since the beach is actually closed to the public. The water drops drastically 80 feet from the granite to the cove below.
Big Sur, California Travel Guide
So, if you loved this podcast with just a few ideas of things to do and place to go in the Big Sur Area, I’m sure you’ll love the travel guide we’re publishing later this month!
Our Big Sur, California Travel Guide will cover the Big Sur area as a whole and include many exciting things to do in Big Sur and Monterey County.
Once ready, you’ll be able to read the whole thing or jump around using quick links to big categories like:
- Things to Do in Big Sur
- Hiking in Big Sur
- Big Sur Waterfalls
- State Parks in Big Sur
- Big Sur Lodging (Camping, Glamping & Hotels)
to find just what you need!