Big Sur

Big Sur Overview

Welcome to one of the world’s most unforgettable stretches of coastline. This roughly 90-mile-long stretch of redwood- and fog-trimmed waterfront between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle is one of the most memorable sections of coastline on the planet.

Few spots in the state loom as large in the Californian imagination as Big Sur, a raw and rugged stretch of coastline nestled between the craggy Santa Lucia Range and the pounding surf of the Pacific Ocean. Navigating the headlands, cliffs and dramatic viaducts around Big Sur as you drive Highway 1 is what road trip dreams are made off and is an iconic California experience.

Although it’s easy to drive through Big Sur in a couple of hours we recommend driving slow and spending 2-3 days in the area to take in the stunning scenery and panoramic views. Stop at some of the many viewpoints to explore the area on foot and visit the towns of Carmel and Monterey in the North and Santa Barbara in the South.  Accommodation wise, there are some beautiful places to stay in Big Sur, some of which are the most romantic and stylish in the US.


Big Sur: 5 Amazing things

With cliffs plunging hundreds of feet down to rocky coves churning with foamy surf, Big Sur is one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline anywhere in the world. Drive along Highway One, twisting through stands of towering redwoods, to the soulful luxury of Post Ranch Inn. Order the iconic ambrosia burger at Nepenthe before hiking to the secluded Partington Cove. End the day watching the sun set from the award-winning restaurant Sierra Mar.


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Suggested Itineraries, Escorted Tours and Accommodation in Big Sur

View our suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Big Sur, and see itinerary routes and escorted tours we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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