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Big Sur

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US Highway 1 is on the East Coast
Big Sur contains vast wildernesses and breathtaking views as it stretches 90 miles along the rugged Pacific Ocean in the [[Central Coast (California)|Central Coast region of California]]. It is approximately 150 miles south of [[San Francisco]] and 300 miles north of [[Los Angeles]]. The area is great for recreationists and contains several state parks, two national wilderness areas and is part of the Los Padres National Forest, all of which include hiking trails. The most common visitors to Big Sur are those just driving through to enjoy the scenery. The next most common activity is Hiking/Backpacking in the open natural spaces of Big Sur.
US California [[Pacific Coast Highway|Highway 1]] (also known as Pacific Coast Highway) winds through Big Sur flanked by the steep Santa Lucia Mountains to the east and the rocky Pacific Coast to the west. Big Sur begins just south of [[Carmel (California)|Carmel]] and continues south through the small towns of Big Sur, Lucia, and Gorda and ends in [[San Simeon]] (where the Hearst Castle is located). When driving on [[Pacific Coast Highway|Highway 1]] through Big Sur be sure to stop at the many turnouts and vista points to see the beauty of the area.
Big Sur is also known as a destination for the "Merry Pranksters" in the 1960s.

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