​5 Must See Big Sur Highway 1 Attractions

October 9th, 2018

Big Sur Highway 1 Attractions

The highly anticipated reopening of Highway 1 is finally here! After a massive 75-acre mudslide that shut it down for 14 months, travelers are looking forward to driving the scenic coastal route. The slide was billed as the biggest recorded slide in the state’s history. Driving the coastal highway 1 and passing by Big Sur is on the bucket list of many people all over the world. Here are 5 reasons why it should be on your list of travels too.

Camping, hiking, & backpacking

Ventana Campground is an amazing redwood canyon site and is located approximately 65 miles north of San Simeon and 30 miles south of Carmel.

Pondorosa Campround in the mountains of Big Sur has family campgrounds along a mountain trout stream under a canopy of beautiful trees approximately 13 miles east from Hwy 1 on the Nacimiento Ferguson Rd. The river is great for fishing and there are many places for a cool dip in the stream.

Look up and you just may spot an endangered California Condor, North America's largest bird. If you look down towards the ocean you may spot some sea otters playing in the kelp beds, or a spouting Grey Whale. Lets be honest these amazing views are the main reason travelers drive the windy roads of Highway 1.


Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge is among one of the most photographed bridges in the world, you will want to make sure to pull over and snap a selfie at the famous Bixby Bridge. It the worlds tallest single-span concrete arch bridges and is about 700 feet long. The bridge opened in 1932 and has since provided a quicker coastal route to an inland mountain pass.


Salmon Creek Fall

Salmon Creek Fall- located 3.6 miles North of Ragged point. Salmon Creek Falls is a 120 foot waterfall that can be reached by a 0.3 mile trail from Highway 1.

To get to the trail head Salmon Creek Trail is located on a large horseshoe bend in Highway One, 3.7 miles north of Ragged Point Inn (or 26 miles north of Cambria). From the other direction, drive 33.6 miles south from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (home of McWay Falls) or 41.6 miles from the Nepenthe Restaurant turnoff in Big Sur. The trail to Salmon Creek Falls is located right on the bend in the road, south of the out-of-service Salmon Creek Ranger Station and Buckeye Trail.


Pfeiffer Beach

Big Sur’s most popular hiking in Big Sur coastal access point is hard to find if you have never been to it before. The trick is locating unmarked Sycamore Canyon Road; the only paved, ungated road west of Highway 1 between the Big Sur post office and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Once you find the turnout make a very sharp turn. Then follow the road for about two miles until it ends. You can find Redwood trees at Pfeiffer Falls, one of the tallest measured tree species on earth. Cliffs that tower above breathtaking stretches of sand. Pfeifer Big Sur State Park has been voted “America’s Top 100 Campgrounds”

Hearst Castle

One of California's most visited state parks, it is a must-see to end all must-sees, an eye-popping extravaganza with a 165-room castle, 127 acres of terraced gardens, wraparound views of the coast.


Highway 1 History & Facts

December – May is the time to watch for migrating Gray whales offshore as they travel to and from Baja California.

Spring months are a great time to take hikes through the lush greenery and wildflowers that are that grow wild in March and April such as lupines and poppies.

The name of Big Sur, was derived from that unexplored and unmapped wilderness area which was called El Sur Grande, The big south (Big Sur).

Highway 1 was completed in 1937 after 18 years of construction with help of convict labor.

Highway 1 was declared California’s first scenic Highway for its unsurpassed natural beauty and scenic views.

Best weather during Spring and Fall

Electricity did not arrive in Big Sur until early 1950’s and still does not extend the length of the coast or into the more remote mountainous areas.

Whether by Motorcycle, bicycle, car or RV don't miss out on this drive that promises to bring you beautiful memories.


For more information: www.bigsurcalifornia.org

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