This has been the year of mini getaways exploring only a fraction of what California has to offer. Spending a weekend in Big Sur for my first time was one of the most awe inspiring of recent trips. Big Sur is nestled along the dramatic cliffs of Highway 1 and the Santa Lucia Mountains. It is quite possibly the most beautiful place in the United States, and I’m not the only one who thinks so.
When my younger brother came to visit, it was the perfect opportunity to go someplace we hadn’t seen yet. Top of my list was Big Sur and I was excited to make a weekend of of it.
Spending a Weekend in Big Sur
Big Sur is shy of a three-hour drive south from the Bay Area. We wanted to avoid the weekend crowd and decided stay in Carmel Thursday evening. Which allowed us to get an early start to our day on Friday. I used HotelTonight per the usual.
Friday morning we hit the road, making our first stop by Big Sur Bakery for breakfast. We then made our way to the south point of Big Sur at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Every turn of the drive offered a new, breathtaking view and I couldn’t help but to pull over and take it all in. Moments of awe were quickly proceeded by taking pictures of the photogenic view.
Once we arrived at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, we decided to take on the Ewoldsen Hiking Trail. Though it felt like a steep vertical climb, the views from the top left me in amazement. We made our way back down the trail and to McWay Falls. It’s the most iconic waterfall and likely most photographed part of Big Sur.
Lunch was enjoyed at Nepenthe, which offers a beautiful 180 degree view of the ocean. Our last stop of the day took us to Garrapata Beach along Highway 1. By this point, I was determined to stay in Big Sur forever but… reality.
A lot went into researching things to do (because researching is my favorite part). I’ll soon be sharing a complete travel guide for Big Sur and excited to include tips I wish I knew before visiting. Have you been to Big Sur yet? If not, get to it!