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Popular Attractions in Big Sur

If you're a first time visitor to Big Sur, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but it may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about attractions in Big Sur.

What are some good attractions in Big Sur?

Here are some of the most recommended attractions in Big Sur.

Pfeiffer Beach
Monterey County, CA
Andrew Molera State Park
Big Sur, CA

(831) 667-2315
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
65084 Highway 1 Big Sur, CA
McWay Falls
Big Sur, CA
55000 Highway 1 Big Sur, CA
Henry Miller Memorial Library
48603 CA-1 Big Sur, CA

(831) 667-2574
Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area
Sycamore Canyon Rd Big Sur, CA

(805) 434-1996
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Highway 1 Big Sur, CA

(831) 667-2315
Limekiln State Park
Hwy 1 Big Sur, CA
Big Sur Deli
47520 CA-1 Big Sur, CA

(831) 667-2225
Big Sur Spirit Garden
47540 CA-1 Big Sur, CA

(831) 238-1056
Point Sur Naval Facility
Big Sur, CA

(831) 625-4419
McWay Waterfall Trailhead
McWay Waterfall Trail Big Sur, CA
Big Sur River Inn
Big Sur, CA

(831) 667-2700
Pfeiffer Falls
Big Sur, CA


Here's what Trippy members had to say about attractions:

"Henry Miller Memorial Library Nepenthe : order the Ambrosia burger, and don't miss the Phoenix gift shop."  See More

"I don't know when are you traveling, now the routes are closed, but I highly recommend Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park there is beautiful views to the sea there."  See More

"Nepenthe has the best view and McWay Falls is a must see."  See More

"Big Sur River Inn - - but I think the road is still closed from the Landslide in February - - Esalen - ditto I think Esalen may still be clsoed - re-opening in August."  See More

"Check out Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area in Big Sur."  See More

"For the drive from SF to LA, I'd stick to the coast and check out Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where there is an amazing cove with a waterfall right off the road."  See More

"I would suggest checking into Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park or Limekiln State Park or camp grounds at Montana De Oro State Park."  See More

"While you're down there, be sure to check out the Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant, Big Sur Deli, Big Sur Spirit Garden, Coast Gallery & Cafe, and Henry Miller Memorial Library."  See More

"You need to be selective but some good bets are: Santa Cruz (Elephant Seals), Carmel, Cannery Row, 17 Mile Dr, Big Sur, Point Sur Naval Facility, Piedras Blancas (Elephant Seals) and just driving Highway 1."  See More

"My favorite is the McWay Waterfall Trailhead- real easy and you get a view of waterfall falling straight onto the beach."  See More

Where can I find out more about Big Sur?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Big Sur locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Big Sur.

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