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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

If you've never heard of Big Sur, then you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. But when you catch your first glimpse of this incredible stretch of Pacific coastline, you'll fall head-over-heels in love.
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Pfeiffer Big Sur Tours

Pfeiffer Big Sur State ParkSituated some 30 odd miles south of Carmel within the boundaries of the gorgeous Big Sur coastline, the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is fondly regarded as one of the most tranquil natural areas within the whole of California.

Ancient giant redwoods, cobalt blue coves and the 80ft McWay Falls are all inevitable highlights and it's easy to see why this area is so highly regarded by artists and authors looking for solace and inspiration.

There's no road in the whole of Southwest USA that compares to Highway One, and if you get the chance even just to pass through, you'll be in for one glorious treat after the next. 

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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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Julia Pfeiffer underwater area
This underwater park is one of the best kept secrets in California State Parks, often over shadowed by the towering Redwoods and the tumbling waterfalls this place is a haven for any diving enthusiast. The park runs approximately 2.5 miles along the Big Sur coast, between Partington Point and McWay Creek and along the rocky shoreline is where you will gain access to the incredible marine life that frequents the area. To explore this incredible Underwater Area you will need to get yourself a special-use permit.
When to go
From whale watching in winter to the food, drink and arts festivals of the summer - there's never a bad time to visit Big Sur. Although the winter is recognised as the rainy season, you'll find plenty of blue sky days with little or no fog. Spring sees the advent of wildflowers as temperatures increase and there's a strong chance of seeing whale calves and sea otter pups. Thanks to the forest shade, hiking during the summer months isn't as strenuous as might be and temperatures are likely to be very pleasant.

Pfeiffer Big Sur Tour Highlights

Big Sur Views
Lone cypress trees perched upon a jagged outcrop, basking sea lions lolling about in the midday sun or towering redwood forests that have been around for well-over 2000 years - these are just some of the views that you'll encounter along the Big Sur coastline.
McWay Waterfalls
Watch in awe as the McWay Falls jettison water falls from McWay Creek some 80 feet directly onto the beach. The best way to view the falls is from the trail which leads you to an overlooking vantage point. A thoroughly unique and quite remarkable sight.
Buzzard's Roost Trail
This popular local trail is just under 5 miles and, although it does encounter a challenging last push, the pine-covered basin views from the top are magnificent. The route itself takes you through a whole series of ancient redwood groves.
Monterey
Monterey holds a bountiful blend of art, culture and marine heritage with Fisherman's Wharf providing the best seafood stalls pretty much anywhere in California. The area is a traveller favourite, and as you'll see on a tour visiting Monterey, it's totally warranted.
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