The Most Romantic Big Sur Itinerary

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Big Sur = big memories for Roger and I!  The Big Sur is a stretch of northern California’s coast from Carmel to San Simeon. May 7, 2011 was a special day for us. Roger not only planned a surprise engagement but an entire week of adventure. I look back on it now, and it surely sets the tone for the rest of our lives. We love traveling and experiencing new places! I also included some other great places to visit along the way that we’ve visited at other times.


We started at Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf. With its local shops, dessert shops, seafood restaurants, it makes a nice stop before heading down highway 1. The Wharf has our FAVORITE spot for clam chowder. The kind of clam chowder that you dream about and can never find a comparison. Believe me, we’ve searched for anything remotely similar and no luck!


Old Fisherman’s Grotto
Old Fisherman's Grotto

Our favorite clam chowder in a bread bowl. Go there, get it, you won’t regret it!
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Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a great place to experience before heading down Highway 1. Roger and I have been here twice already because we love it so much. The sea otters are our favorite!

17 mile drive

17 mile drive is a small detour that runs across famous golf courses in addition to beautiful views. There are beautiful homes, mansions, castles?, that Roger and I love to pretend we can afford one day. The Lone Cypress is also along this road and is a historical California landmark.


Carmel-By-The-Sea is not your average beach town. We love the brick roads, local cafes, and historic homes. The white sand beach is just another perfect stop before getting onto Highway 1.

Big Sur/Highway 1

Roll your windows down, enjoy the weather, stop frequently, take in the views, and hike the trails. It can get a bit touristy and crowded, but totally worth it, as every stop is a photo opportunity. The Bixby Bridge is another infamous picture ready stop.

Big Sur


Hiking along the paths of the Big Sur with no idea what was about to happen!




Pfeiffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach

McWay Falls

We did not get to stop to see McWay Falls, but we hear it’s another one of California coastal gems.



But wait, there’s more! We headed back up north to Santa Cruz and spent the rest of the week in San Francisco. Look out for Part II.

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