Driving down Pacific Coast Highway in California is an experience that should be on everyones bucket list. You are surrounded by beautiful scenery, cruising in and out of different environments that range from vast vistas of open fields, to twisty mountain roads that make you hug a cliff while at risk of falling off into an ocean, this drive is indescribable. While you can find many amazing places along the highway, Big Sur, which runs along California’s central coast is definitely on of the highlights.
Sitting between Mt Carmel and San Simon, Big Sur has a reputation that many scenic drives would beg for. it has been called the “longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the contiguous United States,” a “national treasure that demands extraordinary procedures to protect it from development” and “one of the most beautiful coastlines anywhere in the world, an isolated stretch of road, mythic in reputation.” I wouldn’t be the first person to agree with these statements whole heartedly.
Although there are many amazing sights and stops worthy of your time, my favorite spot (so far) along the drive would have to be Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. This is a stretch of beach at the southern end of Sur, that sees an average of 25,000 visits by Elephant Seals every year. There are literally hundreds of these giants sun bathing to their hearts content, completely oblivious to the people taking pictures up above them. Stay and hang for a minute or an hour, they don’t care.
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Big Sur, CA 93920