California - Big Sur
Big Sur, a hundred-mile stretch of dramatic and exquisite Californian coastline, runs between Carmel and San Simeon. Here, you get to see giant redwoods, the California Condor, northern elephant seals in breeding herds, and whales migrating to the south, not to mention mountains, forests, waterfalls, creeks, rivers, canyons, miles of unspoiled beaches, and beautiful tidal pools. The most scenic drive route in the United States, highway 101, runs through the Big Sur, providing numerous overlooks and access to major attractions in the area. Some of them include Elephant Seal Vista Point, where you can see Elephant Seals from a close distance, McWay Falls, an 80-feet-tall waterfall plunging directly to the ocean, Bixby Creek Bridge, which is the highest single-span arch bridge in the world and remains one of the tallest, and last but not least, the Garrapata State Park with magnificent ocean views and fascinating rock formations.
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