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California

Big Sur Coast


Many say that this is the most impressive stretch of Highway No.1: on your west side you have the Pacific with a steep coastline and on the east side the 5.000 ft (1,500 m) Santa Lucia Mountains.
Big Sur Coast, that's a 90 miles experience, which ends south of Carmel in the beautiful Monterey Bay.

After an about 60 miles drive along the coast you reach the town of Big Sur.
West of it there is another "Don't miss" spot: Pfeiffer Beach, a really small, but very romantic beach, which is popular among visitors to wait for the sunset. The road to the beach is not easy to see from Highway 1.
Sycamore Canyon Rd. is about 2 miles long, beginning somewhere between the post office of Big Sur and the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
Big RV's will have some problems on this road. At the end of the road there's the parking lot. It's not allowed to stay over night.
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Carmel, which is reached after another ca. 28 miles drive, is our next halt. The city is renowned for its numerous residences of celebrities. One of the most visited attractions is one of the most famous Spanish missions, "Basilica San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo", which was built in 1771 and where Father Junipero Serra, who started the missions, found his last rest.
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Other attractions in the area: Bixby (Creek) Bridge is said to be the world's highest single-span concrete arch bridge. You cross the bridge on your trip on Highway 1: it's situated 18 miles south of Carmel. Point Sur Lighthouse is a turn-of-the-century lighthouse near the town of Big Sur and is open to the public. It was established in 1889 and nowadays still active. Guided tours year-round: Sat: 10am & 2pm and Sun: 10am Additional tours April - October: Wed: 10am & 2pm Additional tours July and August: Thu: 10am Ph. 831-625-4419 Among other rules: no large RV's, no pets (even not in the car), etc.

Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal View Point
Near San Simeon, shortly before you reach Hearst Castle. At this scenic view point you can watch the Elephant Seals Colony that rests just a few steps away from you.
GPS coordinates ca. N35 39.36 W121 15.85
When the sun sets you will experience the most beautiful scenery and atmosphere here - and as a bonus: the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (in northern direction from here) as a back drop...

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