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“Amazing road trip”

Point Sur State Historic Park
Ranked #8 of 35 things to do in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles is an amazing road trip. We overnighted in Carmel, Cambria and Santa Barbara and would have booked an extra night in S Barbara in hindsight. The road hugs the rugged coastline for most of the journey which means lots of hairpin bends but a new vista aound each turn. Lots of wildlife to see along the route and a plethora of golden eagles.
There are plenty of pull offs to park and take photos and I would recommend the drive South as you are on the sea side of the road and you can pull over without crossing the highway.Try not to go in june as locally it is called the june gloom caused by warm air from the land meeting the cold ocean and forming fog or mist along the coastal strip. Temperatures can be 20 F lower than a couple of miles inland.

10  Thank Gomin
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, Point Sur beckoned me to explore! I checked the schedule and returned for the 2pm Saturday tour and was not disappointed. You line up on the west side of rt 1 about a half hour before the start of the tour... You will then get checked in by one of the tour leaders and drive to the base of the "rock". From there, it's a 3 hr tour of most of the structures on the Point, including the lighthouse, carpenters shop, barn, & keepers house. A lot of walking up steep hills, but the tour guides pace the tour so that it is not taxing. As wonderful a job as these volunteers have done to restore the structures on the Point, they need our support to continue the work! Bridges need replacing & the assistant keepers house needs restoration.

A word of warning: dress warm. When I was there on Memorial Day weekend, the temps were in the 50's, overcast and extremely windy (about 50mph at the top of the lighthouse). When we asked our guide, John, about the weather, he told us that this was about an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10! In spite of that, the tour was fascinating and well worth time. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful throughout!

I want to go back for a moonlight tour!

3  Thank Tim W
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

If you are trying to decide about this drive, do it. The scenery, even from the road, is breath taking. The state parks or secluded beaches only add the enjoyment. Driving along Hwy 1 in Big Sur is a must. Or if you're up for it, the Big Sur Marathon every April is another amazing way to see the sights. Plan ahead because the availability of food, water, bathrooms and gas stations is highly variable.

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

This is a very beautiful Light Station in Big Sur about 25mins south of Carmel.

There is only one tour on Saturdays at 10am and they limit the size to 40 people. I think there are only 2 days in which it is open to the public. At the advice of others I arrived at 9:30am and parked outside of the gate behind several other cars and waited for the park volunteers to let us in. It is 3hrs and everyone stays together as a group through out the entire tour.

• They don't allow food or strollers and you pay $10-12 at the end of the tour up top at the gift shop. It can be a steep stroll up the hill along with some steps but most people who can make it because they stop multiple times along the way while providing history about the building and life of the place.
• During the spring you can see whales close to the point along with sea lions. There are bathrooms at the base of the hill and at the top near the shop.
• These volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history so you will receive a very detailed description of events and design.
• Take a jacket because it can get chilly and can be very breezy. You will have a chance to go into the light house but it is not very tall compared with many East coast lighthouses.

If you don't take the tour take time to drive through Big Sur to witness the beauty on the curvy seashore!

4  Thank atina1
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

Beautiful state park, it was not on our to do list, but decided to go last minute. Glad we did!!!
Very clean.

1  Thank Susan C
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