Up the coast

One of the most beautiful drives in the country! It's possible to visit Big Sur in a single day from Orange County although it will take the entire day. A better way is to take this route on your way up toMonterey/San Francisco or back home from there. This is something that absolutely has to be done by everyone who enjoys road trips and seeing the outdoors. Please note that there is no cell phone signal anywhere between San Simeon and Monterey.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Gaviota State Park

Gaviota State Park
Gaviota State Park
Gaviota

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn

Morro Bay

The town of Morro Bay makes for a great stop right along the route and is great to stretch your legs. Drive to Morro Rock and take a walk to alone the harbor there and keep an eye out for sea otters which are typically seen right around there. This 581 ft tall rock is a volcanic plug, 1 of several in the area, it is home to many nesting birds like gulls, cormorants, and peregrine falcons.

Morro Rock
Morro Rock
Morro Rock
Sea Otters
Morro Rock

San Simeon

Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal
Historic Schoolhouse
Elk

Piedras Blancas

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Up The Coast

The Drive

Coastline
Flowers
Big Sur
Condor
Up The Coast
Big Sur

Salmon Creek Falls

Salmon Creek Falls
Salmon Creek
Salmon Creek Falls

McWay Falls

McWay Falls
McWay Falls
McWay Falls

Partington Cove

Partington Cove
Partington Cove
Partington Cove
Partington Cove
Partington Cove

Bixby Bridge

Bixby Bridge
Bixby Bridge
Bixby Bridge
Bixby Bridge

Rocky Point

Up The Coast
Rocky Creek Bridge

17 Mile Drive

Lone Cypress

Monterey

Monterey
Humpback whales
Sea Lion
Transient Orca
Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay