Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park | Visit California

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park | Visit California

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park | Visit California

Wild and incomparably beautiful, the Big Sur region is surrounded by mountains and sea, sequoias forests and typical fog over the waters. A landscape that inspires many artists who live there as well as visitors crossing Highway 1 in search of the most scenic routes in the world.

This winter's storms have wreaked havoc on the area's natural beauty, with landslides. earth and fallen stones, which led to the closing of a stretch of the iconic road. The erosion on the sides of the gorge undermined the columns of the famous Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, almost 100 meters long, and soon the bridge doubled.

Therefore, the Big Sur region is currently divided into two. The good news, however, is that the accesses have already been restored and visitors can now reach many areas of Big Sur even though they can not drive all the way down Highway 1 until a bridge is built. In addition, the detour - which takes about 30 minutes longer than the original route - is replete with panoramic views, fine wine and historic attractions worth exploring. Much of Big Sur is open and here is where to try it.

The largest stretch of Highway 1 in Monterey County, between Carmel and the heart of Big Sur, is open again - and now offers many experiences in this classic road trip. Drive this approximately 48-kilometer stretch to the current point of return at Big Sur Ranger Station and you will experience many of the highlights of Big Sur. South of Carmel, at the Point Lobos State Nature Reserve, trek along the seafront trails to watch seals and otters. About 10 minutes past Point Lobos, there are 3 miles of pristine waterfront road in Garrapata State Park, followed by the famous Bixby Bridge. Then you reach the Point Sur lighthouse that has guided sailors along this coast since 1889 and is still open for visitation.

Check out the full list of hotels, restaurants and shops in this blog post from the Monterey County Convention &

In addition to the detour to Hearst Castlle and Piedras Blancas Elepahnt Seal in San Luis Obispo, Highway 1 begins the climb up the cliffs of Big Sur. Large blocks at Mud Creek led to the closure of the highway until after Salmon Creek, just ahead of Ragged Point Inn and Resort, an important point of Big Sur, 10 miles north of Hearst Castle.

if you have to make a stop anywhere near the southern tip of Big Sur, Ragged Point is the perfect destination. The place offers the opportunity to contemplate some of the beauty of Big Sur and if you walk about 1.5 kilometers along the Ragged Point Cliffside Trail, you can reach a remote cove or stroll through the resort's beautiful gardens.

From seasonal California cuisine to a spectacular sunset, at the Ragged Point restaurant you can still sample the American classics - hamburgers and hot dogs. And for a complete experience in the area, sleep a night there, with suite options that include a room with a view of the sea, balcony and fireplace.

For more detailed information on the travel conditions in the area south of Big Sur, check the updates provided by Visit SLO CAL, San Luis Obispo County Visitors Bureau.

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