Highway 1 and Big Sur

Also known as the Pacific Coast Highway, Highway 1 winds down the California coast from Monterey/Carmel to San Simeon. We drove about halfway down to see the Big Sur area.

Highway 1 Big Sur

It’s a fun road, with steep hills on one side, and cliffs falling to the ocean on the other.

Highway 1, Big Sur, California

Highway 1, Big Sur, California

There are plenty of pull-outs along the road to take in the views. Bixby Bridge is a popular stop.

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

At Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, there’s a short walk from the parking area to a pretty amazing 80ft tidefall, McWay Falls. (What’s a tidefall? It’s a waterfall that ends at the sea!)

Wait for it…

McWay Falls, Big Sur California

…ta-da!!!

McWay Falls, Big Sur California

Even though the beach is off limits, a few surfers swam up through the cove while we were there.

Surfers at McWay Falls, Big Sur

Surfers at McWay Falls, Big Sur

Our last stop of the day was Garrapata State Park. Just off Highway 1 is a beautiful trail that hugs the coastline. It was a bit windy, but a great place to catch the (very cloudy) sunset.

Garrapata State Park, Big Sur

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