Quick Vacations: Big Sur

2 Days on the Pacific Coast

The pacific coast offers some of the most breathtaking views ranging from cascading cliffs and beautiful blue ocean waters to lush redwood forests, that can entrance any traveler and take you away on a road trip that can last weeks. This is great if you have the time to spare but we don’t, so we’re looking at ways to get some of the best of the pacific coast in a short amount of time. Big Sur is a prime destination when venturing along the coast and we’ll show you how to make the best of this stretch of heaven on earth.

Getting There

Driving from LA to Big Sur will take approximately 6 hours via the US101 and Highway 1. Add on at least another 3 hours for stopping to sight see along the way, grabbing a bite to eat, or anything else you might want to do.

Hotel Options

Ventana Big Sur

This hotel may just be the definition of luxury but with all that luxe comes a large price tag. With views of crashing waves of the pacific and the serenity of the redwood forests, it’s worth saving up for and treating yourself for a special occasion. It is adults only so leave the kids behind and reconnect with a special someone. Meals are currently included in the price encompassing an expansive all-inclusive experience with some of the best surroundings you can imagine. Dine all day at the Sur House restaurant or poolside and if you’re still craving a charcuterie board or a ham and brie sandwich at midnight, they have your back with their in suite late night menu. Don’t forget to book a treatment at the hotels Spa Alila which according to the website, “will leave you with a profound sense of well-being-one that takes hold deep in your soul.”

Ragged Point Inn and Resort

This hotel is more reasonably priced if you didn’t set a budget as high for your vacation. With options for rooms along cliffsides with the sounds of waves crashing below you, Ragged Point Inn and Resort is a great option for hotels by Big Sur. It is further away from some popular sights in but checking out the cliffsides is worth it.

Camping Options

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campgrounds

A great option to check out what Big Sur has to offer while surrounding yourself in nature is to camp in one of the campgrounds in the area. This is a great budget friendly way to stay in Big Sur if you’re looking for a rustic experience. Pfeiffer Big Sur Park Campgrounds is an extremely popular and extremely beautiful campground and can fill up six months in advance so make sure to get reservations well before your trip. There are other campgrounds available for reservations as well as some campgrounds that are first come first serve if you are willing to take the risk. Camping usually means bringing food with you and cooking it at your campsite. There are plenty of places along the way where you can eat and many campgrounds have lodges nearby where you can grab a bite to eat. The park is worth checking out whether you'll be camping there or just to stop and hike or explore.

No matter the choice you make for your accommodations, you are within short driving distances of plenty of beauty that Big Sur has to offer.

Sights to See

The drive along the California Highway 1 is the best part of a trip to Big Sur. Stopping at turnouts to take pictures and looking for random little restaurants is where the beauty lies. There are sights that are on the list for must sees when driving up the coast and Bixby Bridge is one of them. Completed in 1932, it soars 260 feet above a steep canyon. There are plenty of viewpoints available for breathtaking pictures or just to marvel at the beauty of the bridge and its surroundings. The blue-green waters of the Point Lobos Nature Reserve are also a must-see sight. With hiking trails and even scuba diving options, the reserve has plenty to offer.

Two days for a vacation may not be a long time so getting in as much as you can is always the goal. Next time your'e looking for a quick vacation, consider a drive up the Pacific coast to Big Sur. For other quick vacation ideas, check out some of our recommendations for Joshua Tree or Palm Springs.

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