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Big Sur: What to See in One Day

Updated: Feb 17


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Big Sur (Near McWay Falls)

One of the most iconic stretches of highway in the United States runs along California's Central Coast—Big Sur. Here you'll find miles of unspoiled beaches, dramatic seaside cliffs, rugged mountains, and more. If you only have one day to visit Big Sur, make sure to check out the places below!


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South of Big Sur

Ragged Point

Ragged Point features cliffside vistas and beautifully landscaped gardens. Adirondack chairs and picnic benches can be found throughout the grounds, making it the perfect place to enjoy a packed lunch or snack with ocean views.


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Ragged Point

McWay Falls

McWay Falls is a Big Sur classic—this narrow, 80-ft. waterfall cascades directly into the ocean and is nestled in a cove surrounded by greenery. While you are not able to get close to the waterfall, the overlook is easily accessible and offers an unimpeded view of the falls.


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McWay Falls

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Big Sur (Near McWay Falls)

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Big Sur (Near McWay Falls)

Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach is off the beaten path and more secluded than some of its neighboring attractions. A winding, narrow road will take you to this postcard beach known for its keyhole rock formation.


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Pfeiffer Beach

Bixby Bridge

Perched 280 ft. high above a steep canyon and ribboning along the coast, is one of the most photographed bridges in California—Bixby Bridge. There are numerous turnouts along the highway that offer views of the bridge.


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Bixby Bridge

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