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Big Sur is a ruggedly beautiful seacoast area that lies along the Pacific in west-central California. It's full of natural wonders, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors, gorgeous scenery and crystal clear night skies that are perfect for star gazing.

There are so many fun things to do in Big Sur, whether you enjoy hiking, driving along the twists and turns of Highway 1, or discovering the dramatic coastline from a secluded rocky cove. Luxurious inns, lovely beaches, and great restaurants make Big Sur a fantastic destination.

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1. Head for Point Sur State Historic Park

Point Sur appears to be an island, but it's a huge rock connected to the mainland by a sandbar. There is a stone lighthouse that sits atop this volcanic rock. Visitors can take a fascinating three-hour guided tour of the area on most weekends. There are also hauntingly beautiful moonlight tours available. It's best to call ahead, as the tours are only open to the public on specific days and times. It's first come, first served, so arrive early, bring binoculars and dress in layers.

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