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Big Sur

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Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1. The isolated "ranchos" and eccentric vacation homes in the area draw creative types and writers seeking refuge. Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson all lived in the area for a time and helped infuse it with a mysterious and creative vibe. When using our United States day trip planning tool, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Where to stay in Big Sur

Secluded resorts, inns, and lodges are located off Highway 1. Some offer weary drivers a safe resting place, while others are exclusive resorts for long-term getaways. The latter require advance reservations. Camping is another popular alternative, with many campgrounds accessible from the highway.
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Places to visit with Big Sur

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