PHOTOS: Driving California's Big Sur Coast

From the Monterey Bay down to Hearst Castle, California's central coast has been enchanting visitors for decades. Warning: you may never go home again.

  1. Photo of the beautiful California coast of Big Sur along California Highway 1.

    (Robert Cooley/
  2. Canoes on the Santa Cruz Wharf.

    (James Feliciano/
  3. Pigeon Point Lighthouse on California coast.

  4. A California sea lion basks in the afternoon sun in the harbor.

    (Susanne Neal/
  5. The Lone Cypress Tree on the legendary Pebble Beach 17 Mile Drive in California.

    (John Roman/
  6. A tourist taking a picture under a large aquarium in Monterey Bay, California.

    (Jurby Jumawan/ )
  7. Point Pinos Lighthouse at Monterey Bay, California.

    (Ken Wolter/
  8. The Neptune pool at the famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

    (Tomasz Slaboszewski/
  9. Summer House, Hearst Castle, California.

  10. Visitors take in the jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Aquarium.

  11. California's Big Sur Coast.

    (Greg Mcafee/
  12. A view of a beautiful Carmel beach from behind the trees.

    (Serge Novitsky/
  13. Asilomar State Park in California.

  14. Beautiful ocean white beach with trail and tree in Carmel, California.

  15. Boats on beautiful Monterey Bay.

    (James Feliciano/
  16. View of the Big Sur coastline.

    (Joseph Salonis/
  17. McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

    (Mark Rasmussen/

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