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Big Sur Coast, California Tourist Attractions

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While a leisurely drive along the Big Sur Coast might be entertainment enough, there are several spots of interest along the way that merit a break in your journey. Point Lobos State Reserve (831-624-4909) is a spectacular mixture of surf, rocky bluffs, and forest which shelter dozens of birds and other animals, a great place to see some local wildlife. For man-made attractions, try the Point Sur Lighthouse (831-625-4419), a historic working lighthouse built on a dramatic outcrop of volcanic rock. Driving along California 1, you’ll pass over Bixby Bridge, a marvel of engineering well worth stopping at for a better view, not far from San Simeon, at the tail end of Big Sur, find Hearst Castle, the jaw-dropping former home of famed media mogul, William Randolph Hearst.

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  • 866-4-FISH-ON

Yacht style meets Monterey Bay for a unique, attentive, and action packed trip you'll never forget!

  • Big Sur Station #1, Big Sur
  • State Parks
  • 831-667-2315

In the spectacular Big Sur area, Andrew Molera State Park is still relatively undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking, fishing, and beachcombing. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches, and hilltops. A primitive walk-in trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately...

  • 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove
  • State Parks, Other
  • 831/372-4076

Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds offers overnight lodging and views of the forest, surf and sand. This one-mile strip of sandy beach and rocky coves is a scenic destination with convenient on-site lodging.

  • 5 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
  • Winery - Vineyard

  • Big Sur
  • Historical Site
  • 831-667-1530

  • The Village Shops, Big Sur
  • Art Gallery-Museum
  • 831-667-0481

  • 16 B Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
  • Art Gallery-Museum
  • 831-277-0056

  • 67 E Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
  • Winery - Vineyard
  • 831-659-7563

  • State Parks
  • 831-649-2836

On Monterey Bay, mile-long Carmel River State Beach includes a bird sanctuary in a lagoon (just before the Carmel River empties into the sea) featuring a wide variety of waterfowl and song birds. Monastery Beach, also known as San Jose Creek Beach, is part of the park and is popular with scuba diver...

  • State Parks, Other
  • 805-781-5930

Cayucos State Beach is located in the small town of Cayucos, known for its centrally-located fishing pier. The sandy beach has picnic facilities. The pier is lit for night fishing.

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