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Coastal California: Big Sur

We visited Big Sur on February 5-8, 2011, as part of our Coastal California road trip to celebrate Laura’s 40th Birthday.

Big Sur is located along Scenic Highway One approximately 150 miles south of San Francisco and 300 miles north of Los Angeles. Historically, the name Big Sur, was derived from that unexplored and unmapped wilderness area which lays along the coast south of Monterey. It was simply called El Sur Grande, The Big South. Today, Big Sur refers to that 90-mile stretch of rugged and awesomely beautiful coastline between Carmel to the north and San Simeon (Hearst Castle) to the south. Highway One winds along its length and is flanked on one side by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and on the other by the rocky Pacific Coast.

In 1937, the present highway was completed after eighteen years of construction at a considerable expense even with the aid of convict labor. The highway has since been declared California’s first Scenic Highway, and it provides a driving experience unsurpassed in natural beauty and scenic variety.

Above is a video highlight of our trip, which includes the scenic qualities and the natural grandeur of the coast which result from the imposing geography  and the dramatic meetings of land and sea. Below is a photo gallery of our trip.  You can click on any thumbnail to expand it and manually cycle through all the gallery’s expanded images.  Alternatively, you can click on the [show as slideshow] link below to initiate an automated slideshow of the gallery.

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