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Road Trip from Santa Barbara to Big Sur

Big Sur, CA, United States
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The Pacific Coast Highway is a huge attraction in California. It is one of the most beautiful scenic roads in the country, in my opinion the most worth while part of the drive is from San Luis Obispo to San Fransisco. On my journey from Santa Barbara, we took the 101 to San Luis Obispo before getting on highway 1 because it's just as beautiful at that point with the rolling hills and and the vineyards and cuts off a little time from your trip. One stop along Highway 1 that are a must for any first timer is Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Hearst castle is a home/castle that is built on 127 acres. It was built between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper owner William Randall Hearst. It is such a huge estate that you can't see it all in one day. There are three tours to get to see the whole place. You can at least drive by and look at it up on the hilltop and maybe see a few of the zebra grazing in the fields below off of the road. Right past Hearst Castle don't miss the elephant seal sign and turn in to take a look. Throughout the year you will find elephant seals sunbathing on the beach and it is pretty cool to see them up close. You drive through other small seaside towns like Cambria before you get to Big Sur. The road starts to get really windy and right on the side of a cliff, it's really scary but very pretty. Big Sur is full of beautiful hiking trails, beaches and restaurants and campgrounds.
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Big Sur Campground and Cabins
Great spot for camping
Post Ranch Inn
Swanky Resort. You can go take a tour of it if you don't want to stay here, or you can eat at there restaurant.

Points of interest

Santa Barbara
Great place to live or visit
Big Sur
Cute beach town
Elephant Seal Vista Point
Fun to check out the Elephant Seals up close
Hearst Castle
Great place to check out!
San Simeon
San Luis Obispo
Great beach town. Check out the Madonna Inn if you go.


Big Sur Bakery
Wonderful food, and cute garden to walk through
Cafe Kevah
Great Cafe located right underneath Nepenthe. If you aren't ready for a full meal, go get a latte and sit out and enjoy the view
Amazing restaurant with great wine and even better views

Special activities

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Great beach to check out.

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by bethh1902


great photos!

by Isobelsnowie


@bethh1902 Thankyou. It is a beautiful place to visit.