Have you ever wanted to just get in your car and drive without a destination in mind? It’s been a while since I did that and I sure miss it terribly. I’m a planner simply because I cannot afford unnecessary expenses. Sometimes I wish I could just pack my bags and be a nomad. Forever wandering and experiencing the most beautiful places in the world.
Somehow my aimless driving led me to the Central Coast of California right into Big Sur. I guess the ocean will always be where I find peace when I get restless. Highway 1 is famous for it’s scenic views of the ocean with it’s narrow and treacherous roads that can leave you breathless and mesmerized at the same time.
As you can see from the photo above, there are small spaces (turnouts) on the side of the road where you can park and take a moment to capture the beauty on your camera or phone. Maybe sit on the trunk or hood of you car and have a snack while enjoying the view.
During the drive, you will see two bridges that fit perfectly into the entire landscape. These are known as the Rocky Creek Bridge and Bixby Creek Bridge. The latter being the more famous one but for me they were equally impressive. There are adequate parking for both to stop and carefully explore the area around it. They are approximately .7 miles apart.
One of the best reasons why I love Big Sur is the ability to park for free at the side of the road and explore the area. It’s really that open and not as crowded as you may think. I went during a busy weekend and still managed to find places that were not that crowded. I also started early. Traffic gets crazy later in the day. Below are several places I discovered along the way. I consider some of them hidden gems because I was mostly on my own.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Don’t worry there’s more to come and I will try to write them all sooner rather than later.
Also, there are a couple of famous parks there that require entrance fees. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Andrew Molera State Park. You can actually park at the side of the road and walk inside for free. I decided to skip both since I kind of wanted to go off the beaten path. However, here’s a picture of the famous McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach from my previous trip there which was a long time ago.
By the way, thanks for the slight nudge from some of you asking me when I will be writing my next blog post. I really love sharing my adventures with all of you.
Tips for this trip:
- Make sure you have enough gas in your car. Fill it up before you reach Big Sur.
- Drive carefully. There are a lot of accidents that happen because of the narrow and winding roads filled with amazing views. It’s quite tempting to not focus on driving which is definitely a no-no.
- Wear comfortable sneakers or running shoes. You’ll be doing lots of hiking and walking. Sometimes even on sand!
- Bring a camera.
- Bring lots of food and water.
- Bring extra pair of clothes, socks, etc.
- Have fun and make some great memories.
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