Big Sur

The Big Sur, 90 miles of unparalleled beauty along Highway One that begins just south of Carmel and ends in San Luis Obispo County at San Simeon (Hearst Castle). Artists flock to Highway One and Big Sur, lured by the ever-changing cliffs, pounding surf, spouting whales and dramatic skyscapes.

Henry Miller, writer and artist, called Big Sur a region where one is always conscious of eloquent silence the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look.” Point Lobos, four miles south of Carmel, is the northern gateway to Big Sur. Unspoiled meadows, forests and beaches make Point Lobos a jewel in the California State Park system. A marvel of engineering, Highway One winds high above the sea through Big Sur. Visitors can stop and enjoy the spectacular views from numerous turn-outs.

Bixby Bridge on Highway One is world famous and a favorite of photographers who want to capture its elegance and strength on film. Over 700 feet long and 260 feet above the stream below, it’s one of the top ten highest single-span bridges in the world. The bridge is just one chapter in the story of this magnificent scenic highway, officially opened in 1937 at a cost of $10 million.

The Henry Miller Memorial Library celebrates the life of novelist and painter, Henry Miller. The library hosts various events throughout the year. Approximately 31 miles south of Carmel.

The Big Sur International Marathon, held in April, is one of the most beautiful marathon courses in the world. World-class athletes join with amateurs in the race to famous Hurricane Point, serenaded by singers and musicians.

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