Photo Destination: Big Sur, California

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Here are all of my Big Sur photo destination photos. If you want to share your own Big Sur photos, Big Sur locations or Big Sur photo tips, please post in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • Patia says:

    Great read and photos, John. I’m bookmarking it for future reference — I’ll do a trip down there one of these days. I camped at Pfeiffer years ago. Really want to see Hearst Castle.

    • Photo-John says:

      Glad you enjoyed the article, Patia. It’s a pretty easy trip – especially from Santa Cruz. I want to do Hearst Castle, too. The tricky thing about Hearst Castle is you have to book a tour and be there on time. It’s difficult to do that if you’re driving down the coast trying to check stuff out. It would be better to drive down, spend the night in Cambria, and then do Hearst Castle the next day. Or, drive down 101 to San Luis Obispo, spend the night, then go to Hearst Castle the next day.

  • Volks says:

    Have been to Hearst Castle several times. Never booked in advanced, always got on a tour with a short wait. Mind you, always when the kids are in school. Have done Highway 1 several times as well,and your photos are very similar as mine as the wife makes me stop everywhere. :-) Highway 1 is one of our favorite rides and never tire of it.

  • Patia says:

    Thanks for the advice!

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