Before you plan your next RV trip, take a moment to imagine California’s Big Sur. Ninety miles of breathtaking scenery, enchanting activities like condor and whale watching and exceptional RV campsites… doesn’t that trigger an urge to wander Highway One? Our RV camping guide to Big Sur makes planning a trip there easy.
Five Reasons to Come to Big Sur
As you begin your planning, you’d probably like to know exactly what we mean by “Big Sur.” The phrase is used, loosely, to describe the extraordinarily beautiful stretch of Highway One from Monterey to San Simeon, but is also used to denote a village/recreation area just south of Carmel. For our purposes, we’re going to cover the larger area.
Once you pull your RV onto Highway One, you’ll understand the magic that keeps campers returning to Big Sur, so let’s talk about some of that magic! Here are five of the best reasons to come to Big Sur:
- Big Sur National Scenic Byway: The National Scenic Byways Program has designated 72 miles of Hwy 1 south of Monterey, CA as the Big Sur Scenic Byway. One of the best reasons to come to Big Sur is the chance to drive this curving route along a wild and rocky coastline filled with natural, historical and cultural wonders. Keep your eyes open in winter for migrating whales and condors!
- Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery and Light Station: Traveling to Piedras Blancas beach just north of San Simeon will reward RV travelers with two incomparable experiences. First, you’ll have the chance to see pods of elephant seals (depending on the season) at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery, a natural area where these massive mammals can be safely viewed. The second attraction of Piedras Blancas Point is an historic lighthouse, first lit in 1875.
- San Simeon/Hearst Castle: Now a California State Historic Park, the magnificent castle once home to publishing giant William Randolph Hearst can be toured, savored and fixed in your vacation memories. Plan to take at least one of the guided tours at Hearst Castle, and then camp at the state-run RV campground adjacent to the site.
- The Beaches of Big Sur: If you come to Big Sur expecting warm, sunny SoCal beaches, you’re in for a surprise. The craggy, wave-blasted coastline along Hwy One creates windswept beaches tucked away at the bottom of rugged cliffs. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t to be enjoyed! Here’s a link to the beaches of Big Sur; pick at least one and spend a few hours combing the shoreline that’s like no other.
- Beautiful Big Sur Camping: In addition to Hurst Castle campground, you’ll find memorable RV camping all along the Big Sur coastline. Try Plaskett Creek Campground for easy access to two beaches, or private campgrounds such as Big Sur Campground near Andrew Molera State Park or Fernwood Resort in the redwood forests near Pfeiffer State Park.
We simply can’t do Big Sur justice in one short post, but we can encourage all our friends to make an RV journey there soon. No matter where you travel along the scenic Big Sur coastline, there are treasures waiting for you and your family to discover.