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The park is 20 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. more
A unique botanical garden devoted to awaken creativity and inspiration through cultural, musical, artistic and educational programs and classes. The Big Sur Spirit Garden offers exotic succulents and plants, local and international fair trade sculpt... more
The Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley called the "human potential," the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination. Esalen soon became... more
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This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot... more
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This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers... more
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Historic lighthouse atop scenic Point Sur. Tours available several times per week; check the schedule at Join our guided walking tour up the side of Point Sur and through the historic lighthouse, living quarters, on-site carpentry/... more
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The Point Sur Lightstation sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. Point Sur is the only complete turn-of-the century Lightstation open to the public in California, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. First lit on Augus... more
Rancho Rico is a 200 acre private ranch (rentable by the week) set in open pastures and redwood groves. It lies high above the Pacific with panoramic views stretching from the majestic Ventana Mountains down the Big Sur coastline and all the way t... more
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At the Discovery Center, you can see and interact with the exhibit "Bringing the Condors Home" and learn about condors and the efforts there to recover the birds to the wild as well as see songbirds in the hand while Ventana Wildlife Society biologis... more