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California

Piedras Blancas / Big Sur Coast

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...

Piedras Blancas is located on California's central coast, just north of San Simeon. The point is named for a white rock out cropping located just off the end of the point. In the early 1870's, this location was chosen to fill the gap between the lighthouses at Point Conception and Point Sur.
The Piedras Blancas Lighthouse was completed in 1875. A two story Victorian style dwelling was completed later that year. The original tower was 115 feet tall and housed a first-order Fresnel lens. A fog signal building and additional keeper's dwelling were added in 1906.
Piedras Blancas lighthouse was operated by employees of the US Lighthouse Service until 1939 when the Coast Guard assumed command. Structural damage to the tower and new technology eventually replaced many of the functions of the lightkeepers as they became automated. The Coast Guard subsequently relinquished control and management of the Piedras Blancas Light Station to The Bureau of Land Management on October 12, 2001.

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. More information? See our Big Sur link below.

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