Big Sur, CA, USA
The perfect 1 day itinerary

Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California's central coast between Carmel and San Simeon, bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the west by the Pacific Ocean. It's known for its stunning landscapes, including dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches, redwood forests, and waterfalls plunging into the ocean. Big Sur offers a serene escape into nature, with opportunities for hiking, camping, and spotting wildlife. The region's beauty has inspired artists, writers, and travelers seeking tranquility and inspiration.

What to do in Big Sur?

This 1 day itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Big Sur. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Exploring the Natural Beauty


Start your day with a hike to McWay Falls, an 80-foot waterfall that flows year-round into the ocean. This easy trail offers breathtaking views of the falls and the coastline.


Visit the Bixby Creek Bridge, one of the most photographed bridges in California due to its stunning architecture and scenic backdrop. Continue your journey to Pfeiffer Beach, known for its unique purple sand and massive rock formations.


Enjoy a sunset dinner at Nepenthe, a restaurant offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. The ambiance and the view make it a perfect spot to end your day.

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