- Our list of the best things to do in Big Sur, California, features the top 145 nearby activities — including 69 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Big Sur, CA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Food & Drink, Museums & Galleries, and Sights & Landmarks.
- The results below include the top 28 things to do within the city of Big Sur, CA , followed by 119 popular activities in nearby cities, including Monterey, Carmel, Seaside, Pacific Grove and Salinas
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 MoreLess Info
Ewoldsen Trail is a looping trail populated by lush redwoods and a running creek. Hikers will experience several switchbacks through redwood groves and will cross a few bridges on their way through the trail.
Stretching appoximately .64 miles, the McWay Waterfall Trail is one of the most striking and scenic hiking trails in Big Sur. The trail provides stunning views of the 80 foot waterfall created by McWay creek flowing to the beach below.
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Los Padres National Forest, Highway 1, 3.3 mi N of Gorda, 9.7 mi S of Lucia, Big Sur, CA 93920 MoreLess Info
Located next to a campground, Jade Cove Beach provides visitors with the opportunity to find jade pieces in its stony shore. The beach is accessible by a steep trail with a rope.
Molera Horseback Tours provide scenic tours through the major trails of the Andrew Molera State Park. Riders of all ages can travel through some of the modified giant redwoods and even over the river during their tour.
Featuring 23 camp site units, Ponderosa Campground is in a scenic natural area with a trout stream, a variety of trees, including pine, oak, and sycamore trees. The campground features running water and a picnic area.
Carmel, California is home to The Barnyard, an outdoor shopping complex full of unique boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. It also contains The Barnyard Gardens, which cover roughly one acre and include seven rustic barns and thousands of plants.