PHOTOS: Driving California's Big Sur Coast

California coast of Big Sur along Highway 1  McWay Falls, Big Sur, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkMonterey Bay Aquarium
Canoes on the Santa Cruz wharfPigeon Point Lighthouse on California coastA California sea lion
The Lone Cypress Tree on the 17 Mile Drive in CaliforniaPoint Pinos Lighthouse at Monterey Bay, CaliforniaThe Neptun pool, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
Photo of Summer House, Hearst Castle, California, USAMonterey Aquarium  The California Coast -- Big Sur
Carmel beach, CAAsilomar State Park, Ailomar, CACarmel, CA
Boats on Monterey BayBixby Bridge spanning Rainbow Canyon, Monterey Peninsula
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The beautiful California coast of Big Sur along Highway 1.

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McWay Falls, Big Sur in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

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Exploring at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Canoes on the Santa Cruz Wharf.

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Pigeon Point Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the west coast, is located 50 miles south of San Francisco.

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

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The Lone Cypress Tree on the legendary Pebble Beach 17 Mile Drive in California.

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Point Pinos Lighthouse at Monterey Bay, California.

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The Neptune pool at the famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

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Summer House, Hearst Castle, California.

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Visitors take in the jellyfish exhibit at the Monterey Aquarium.

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California's Big Sur Coast.

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A view of a beautiful Carmel beach from behind the trees.

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Asilomar State Park in California.

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

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Boats on beautiful Monterey Bay.

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Bixby Bridge along the Big Sur coastline.

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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.

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