GyPSy Guide Audio Driving Tour App Big Sur
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  • Hours of guided commentary
  • Locals tips so you don't miss a thing
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  • Exploring in your vehicle, at your pace
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Big Sur, PCH Hwy 1

  • 170Audio Points
  • LocationCalifornia, USA
  • Suggested TimeAllow 1+ Days

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What to Expect

Welcome to Big Sur. This roughly 130 mile stretch of California’s coast, which can be enjoyed over 1-2 days, is designated as an America’s National Scenic Byway and and you are going to love it.

Known for stunningly beautiful coastal scenery, its road engineering marvels and as a retreat for artists, Hollywood stars and moguls, fantastic opportunities to spot marine animals and some great food & drinks along the way.

On the tour we’ll point out our “7 Not To Be Missed” places of interest. Bixby Bridge, the Giant Redwoods at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pfeiffer Beach, Napenthe, McWay Falls, Elephant Seal Vista Point and Hearst Castle.

But our journey isn’t a checklist, so we’ll also recommend many other suggested stops and share stories along the route. Then you can decide what you want to prioritize and the pace to set.

Listen to the Tour Intro
  • Bixby Beach
  • McWay Falls
  • Giant Redwoods
  • Elephant Seal Vista
  • Pfeiffer Beach
  • Hearst Castle*
  • Napenthe
  • Sand Dollar Beach
  • Morro Bay
  • Point Lobos

Suggested Start Location

Carmel-by-the-Sea or San Luis Obispo

Suggested Time

It is possible to drive the Big Sur in a long day, but to fully enjoy the road trip and explore all the sidetrips and attractions along the way, we recommended staying overnight (or 2) in the coastal towns of San Simeon, Cambria or along the route

Driving Distance

One way – 130 miles


Does the tour operate in both directions?

Yes, you can drive either Northbound or Southbound, the commentary will still point out all the must do stops with different commentary between highlights.

Is it better to drive Northbound or Southbound?

Although you can tour in either direction, north to south has some small advantages as you’ll be on the right side of the road, on the same side as the ocean, with easier access to viewpoints and pullouts.