This comprehensive 1 day guide has you sight seeing & hiking your way up Big Sur's coast. This guide can be used south to north or altered to be used north to south. It is good for both tourists as well as locals looking to explore in their own backyard.
This Big Sur Itinerary will take you to:
-San Simeon Elephant viewing platform
-Bixby Creek Bridge
13-pages of expert advice to help you navigate your Big Sur road trip and maximize your experience. This guide includes recommendations to make the most out of one day in Big Sur. In this itinerary you'll find a recommended iconic viewpoints, hikes, beaches, waterfalls and more along the beautiful Big Sur coast.
Plan your day perfectly to see the best highlights along Big Sur's coast in just one day, ideal for day trippers, those visiting for a short time, or locals exploring their own backyard.
Exact location of each attraction, estimated length of time to spend there.
Hours and best time of year for the recommended things to see and do along the Big Sur coast.
Recommended hikes, including fees, how long to allot to experience it, and the mileage.
Recommended dinner with an ocean view in Monterey.
Distance and drive time between locations.
Follow this itinerary! We have visited different parts of Big Sur numerous times and these are some of the best highlights of Big Sur that we want to continue going back to.
What should I do with one day in Big Sur?
Although this itinerary is just a quick 1 day snapshot, it is free so you can use it as a guide to make your stay in Big Sur longer by adding to it. Perhaps you want to camp overnight in the woods or hit different highlights and drive back down from where you started your road trip.
What if I want to spend more time in Big Sur?
There are so many great areas of Big Sur, and you won't be able to fit them all in within a day. We have focused this itinerary around iconic easy activities along the Big Sur coast as we feel it captures the essence of Big Sur and highlights what Big Sur has to offer.
What are the best areas to visit in Big Sur?
Yes! Big Sur is undeveloped and there is no public transit. Some areas are remote and it would be hard to follow this itinerary without a rental car and there is no ride share platform such as Lyft or Uber in the area.
Do you need a car in Big Sur?
This itinerary breaks down everything in one PDF guide. The itinerary adds even more value by planning every detail of a 1 day trip to Big Sur so all you have to do is truly book it, show up and enjoy the trip. We learn a lot on our trips about things that were worth it, things we wish we did, and the optimal route to take if we could do it over. You benefit from those learnings with this itinerary! Our podcast episode of Big Sur, gives you highlights but not to the level of detail you’ll find within our itinerary.
What's different about your itinerary from your podcast episode?