USA Road Trips – The Big Sur

Big Sur is one of the most spectacular coastlines I've seen every time. Even the beautiful valleys and coasts of Hawaii just do not come close to this amazing beauty in Big Sur. Translated from Spanish Big Sur is & # 39; El Sur Grande & # 39; as translated to Big South.

The Big Sur coastline covers about 90 miles, more or less surrounded by the Carmel River north and about 120 miles south of San Francisco. Along with these far-reaching, wooded lakes of woodlands, clear cliffs and most of the small used beaches, Highway 1, completed in 1937 with inmates who were used for work, it makes it occasionally alarming, but always a spectacular drive.

It's not for the sake of the heart because it's a steeply twisted drive with twists that will slow you down to a couple of miles an hour. Many travelers ask if they can take their RV on this part of the Hwy. 1 and the answer is yes. I've done it in a 25 foot trailer and I've seen 40 foot rig make the trip, just be prepared to drive slowly and very carefully.

Point Lobos State Park is a must see. Here you will find a wide variety of wildlife including sea lions, oats and gray whales. Point Lobos is about 20 miles north of The Big Sur near the town of Carmel. More beautifully landscaped scenery is a little further south in Garrapata State Park.

Big Sur remains sparsely owned, with about 1000 residents. The citizens of Big Sur today are a varied mix of descendants of the first colonists and ranchers, artists and additional creative people along with wealthy residents.

There are no urban areas, but you will find gas stations selling gas at very high prices, some good restaurants and motels. A large part of the country on the coast is privately owned or belongs to the state park system. Los Padres National Forest and Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation covers almost all interior areas. The mountainous terrain, environmentally conscious residents and lack of property acquired for exploitation have retained Big Sur anything but untouched, and it continues to be an isolated part of California.

If you plan to travel to this area during the winter months, be aware that when there is heavy rain in the area, parts of the road are washed straight into the ocean. Be sure to carry emergency supplies, water and food. Sometimes, Highway 1 can be closed in weeks. The closest civilization is the city of Carmel, which is about 20 miles north up the coast if you can do it.

Also in the summer months the fire is a big danger. Basin Complex Four of 2008 forced residents and visitors to evacuate for 2 weeks and of course Hwy. 1 was closed as well.

Today, Big Sur continues to be a favorite place for local and foreign artists of all kinds. Art galleries located along Highway 1 show beautiful image artist.

A large part of the area is governed by state and federal park systems, and hiking trails can be found via The Big Sur. Los Padres National Forest, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Garrapata State Park and Andrew Molera State Park are known worldwide for their bedazzling scenery and for good reason. Each park carries its personal unique atmosphere and no 2 walks are the same.

Source by Mark Greenberg