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Big Sur

Listed under Coastlines in California, United States.

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Big Sur is the coastal region of California extending just beyond Monterey California and San Simeon. World renown for remarkable scenery, Big Sur is unique in that the San Lucia Mountains drop abruptly into the Pacific Ocean. The area’s natural, coastal beauty has been preserved as it is sparsely populated, but a winding highway allows visitors to travel between the mountainous hills and jagged, rocky coast seeing a landscape you can only truly appreciate in person.

Like much of California, the region has been populated by several different groups and thus carries an eclectic cultural mix. Originally home to Native Americans, Big Sur has also seen the influx of Spanish, Mexican, Gold Rush pioneers, and modern artists. As a popular tourist destination, Big Sur keeps this unique vibe, but offers all the amenities (lodging, dining, recreation and entertainment) that visitors may hope for.

Written by  Christine Fisher.

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