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The Best Outdoor Activities in Big Sur

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Outdoor Big Sur

Featuring forests, granite cliffs, 2,500-year-old sequoia trees, and a 24 m (80 ft) waterfall that drops into the Pacific, Julia Pfeiffer Bur
The unspoiled Pfeiffer State Beach is a hit with locals but lesser known among tourists. Take a narrow road off the highway to reach this rug
Tours from $15
McWay Falls , Big Sur
McWay Falls is one of the only waterfalls in the region that empties straight into the ocean. Rising 24.3 m (80ft) above the shoreline of the
Tours from $15
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Duration: 2h - 3h
Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone can listen together! Experience the iconic Big Sur road trip with a self-guided driving audio tour! As you drive, learn about the fairytale cottages of Carmel, the purple sand at Pfeiffer Beach, & the enormous elephant seals at San Simeon. Drive over Bixby Bridge, marvel at McWay Falls, & enjoy the rugged coastline along the Pacific Coast Highway / Route 1. Big Sur is the most scenic segment of the Pacific Coast Highway(a must-do road trip), which you can start in either Monterey or San Luis Obispo. Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password & an app. Download the app, enter a password, & download the tour. When you arrive, head over to the first stop. Stick to the route & speed limit for the best experience. No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity! This isn't an entrance ticket. Check covid rules & opening hours before your visit.
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National Park
State Park
Known for its redwood groves and nicknamed the "Mini Yosemite," Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park stretches for about 400 hectares (1,000 acres) al
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Our expert advice on where to stay in Big Sur

Secluded resorts, inns, and lodges are located off Highway 1. Some offer weary drivers a safe resting place, while others are exclusive resorts for long-term getaways. The latter require advance reservations. Camping is another popular alternative, with many campgrounds accessible from the highway.
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