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Big Sur Damage from fires

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Big Sur Damage from fires

We are travelling to Monteray mid Oct and had planned on driving down to Big Sur as views are supposed to be amazing. Someone suggested on another forum that the damage may have affected scenary. As we only have one day at Padific Grove before moving on, can anyone advise whether we should give this a miss and spend more time looking around Monterey/Carmel instead.

Once again thanks to you all out there. You are brilliant.

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1. Re: Big Sur Damage from fires

Go to Big Sur! Yes, there will be visible damage, but the views along the most dramatic parts of Big Sur (where the cliffs meet the sea) were not affected by the fire.

The drive, itself, is glorious and not to be missed. Even a few TA's who have passed through on their vacations after the fire have expressed how stunning the area was.

Please don't pass it up because of the fire. Go! Have lunch at Nepenthe and enjoy the spectacular views. You won't regret it.

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2. Re: Big Sur Damage from fires

You always give good advice so we will definately do Big Sur. So hard to fit everything in when you are on a tight schedule. We are only staying one night in Pacific Grove after driving down from S.F. and then on to Yosemite. We do want to see Aquarium as well.

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3. Re: Big Sur Damage from fires

Hi Flydriver

I am going to muddy the waters here - Big Sur - in a word - STUNNING. We visited it before the fires but I understand the State Park was spared - and the walks there a wonderful. Now here comes they muddy bit - Monterey Aquarium - in a word - AWESOME - also well worth the visit. We spent most of a day there and ended up dragging the kids away kicking and screaming wanting more - I could have spent much more time there as well.

So sorry not to be any help in the decision making process - but I am sure what ever you choose you will enjoy - there is never enough time on holiday!

cheers

Kiwi

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4. Re: Big Sur Damage from fires

I think what we will try to do is have an early start from San Francisco take the faster road to Monterey then the scenic route down to Big Sur. Return to Pacific Grove and do the aquarium in the morning and set off for Yosemite after that.

How far down the route did you go. Is it the park near carmel you are talking about.

Any suggestions/things to do in what order would be really helpful.

Thanks

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5. Re: Big Sur Damage from fires

Hi Flydriver

Big Sur State Park is about 1 hr from Monterey (probably faster in a car - we were driving a 26ft RV). But if you want to stop for the photo's add time for that - probably another hour. In additon there is Point Lobos - great place just outside of Carmel - if you are in a car you can drive in and do it in an hour or two - we had to walk it - no RV's allowed!

Big Sur - even if you just go to the park and walk up to the waterfall - probably an hour in total. If you want stunning beach though - just past big sur state park on your right coming down from Monterey is the road to Big Sur Beach - meant to be great - look at photos on google earth if you can. It is tricky to find the road as it is a Forrestry road but if you ask the rangers at the State Park they will give you directions.

Hope this all helps and you have a great trip. How long have you got a Yosemite and where are you staying there.

cheers

Kiwi

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6. Re: Big Sur Damage from fires

Hi there

We are staying 3 nights in Yosemite staying in an apartment in Yosemite Valley. Then on to Death Valley for 1 night, Las Vegas 2 nights, Grand Canyon Thunderbird Lodge 1 night on to Sedona (staying a a privately rented cottage) 4 nights and then one night in Phoenix before our flight back to UK in the evening.

Hope we don't find it too exhausting but can hopefully wind down in Sedona before coming home.

We fly out to SF on 18th Oct for 4 nights. Looking forward to trip but with some trepidation!

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7. Re: Big Sur Damage from fires

Hi flydriver

One thing we enjoyed was the 'green caterpillar' in Yosemite. This is the approx 2 hour tour of the valley that leaves from the Lodge. The really good thing about it was that your guide is a Park Ranger and you learn heaps about the valley.

The walks are great as is the view from Glacier Point. We did not see a lot of wild life but was told if the apples are ready to eat in the trees around curry village - that is where the bears hang out.

Hope you have a great trip

cheers

Kiwi

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