Drive California’s Big Sur coast highway
The towns of Morro Bay and Carmel loosely mark the beginning and end of one of the most picturesque drives in California, the Big Sur coast highway. This curvy road cut into the hard rock closely tracks the rugged yet utterly beautiful turquoise pacific coast, a home to California’s largest colony of elephant seals, sea otters, rich birdlife and a feeding ground for whales and dolphins.
1.Stop to admire the Bixby Canyon Bridge
The Bixby Canyon Bridge is probably the most recognisable icon of the Big Sur Coastal Highway.
Seen in many an ad campaign promoting California, the Bixby Canyon Bridge is about 120 miles south of San Francisco and when completed in 1932, it was the longest bridge span in California.
2.Start your day with a breakfast burrito in Morro Bay
The whole of California could be drenched in the sun yet Morro Bay frequently remains immersed in a thick mist hiding the wonderful Top Dog Coffee Bar.
Despite the slightly morose weather conditions, Morro Bay is full of character as are the locals. A great place to stop for a chat and freshly roasted cup of coffee is Top Dog Coffee Bar. Belonging to an artist, this little place has a real bohemian feel to it, accompanied by a warm welcome and friendly service.
3.Meet the largest colony of Elephant Seals
Spring is when the seals go through shedding their old skin, and the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery is literally covered in thousands of females with their youngsters.
Rows and rows of Elephant Seals rest in the sun, hardly moving except for the occasional dusting of sand and scratch. There is a board walk providing an excellent viewing opportunities with a car park in the middle. When on the path, walk in the direction of Carmel as this is typically the less crowded section.
4.Visit the splendid Enchanted Hill
Once a home to an entrepreneur William Hearst, the Hearst Castle perched on top of “Enchanted Hill” is a true aristocratic residence if judged on its grand appearance and rich interiors.
W.R. Hearst, with the growth of his business empire, kept extending his “Casa Grande”, a fantasy of a Mediterranean town turned reality. He’s rumoured to have been always extravagant in expenditure but especially so when it came to art and antiques, designated for his lavishly designed dwelling. As a result the Hearst Castle houses a mesmerising collection of art and collectibles that still form part of the rich interiors.