Photos can not even come close to showing the true spectacular beauty of Big Sur. The region consists of a 76 mile stretch between Carmel and San Simeon and is known to be the longest and most scenic stretch of undeveloped coastline in the contiguous United States. Most of the area is protected by the government, so much of the land is uninhabited. With very few tourist accommodations available, many who visit experience the views by driving the long stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway. Due to the landslide that occurred earlier this year, Pfeiffer Beach is currently closed, but we were still able to experience the beauty of the tall Redwoods in Pfeiffer State Park. It was the last stop before the road was closed off. Once they back up in 2018, we will be sure to come back and visit it in all of it’s splendor.
This country is made up of so many beautiful landscapes to see, but this has got to be the most beautiful place I have ever experienced. As a lover of trees and the sea, to see them both beautifully complimenting each other against the backdrop of the San Lucia mountains was mesmerizing.
For those looking for accommodations, I highly suggest using VRBO or Homeaway. We rented homes for the last two parts of our vacation and couldn’t have been happier. For this part of our trip, we stayed in Pacific Grove which is about a 40 minute drive from Big Sur and a 10 minute drive from Monterey. You can check out our accommodations here. I will give more information about the area in my next post.