Big Sur Bound May 17, 2016 15:55

This weekend we are taking a trip to Big Sur to unwind, explore the gorgeous scenery, and check out some new places. If you have yet to make it out to Big Sur, you absolutely must! This national park is truly a spectacular glimpse of the untouched, untamed California coast. Read on for what to see, where to stay, what to eat, and what to wear!

What to See:

McWay Falls

Located in Julia Pfiefer Burns State Park, McWay Falls is one of the most iconic and Instagrammed views of Big Sur. Just a short hike from the 1 freeway you stumble upon this breathtaking waterfall crashing onto the sand. The trail to this view is only a little more than half a mile and you can see both up and down the coast! Fun fact: the waterfall used to cascade directly into the ocean before a massive fire and landslide filled the cove. This is the perfect little trek for those who aren't crazy about hiking!

McWay Falls

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Bixby Bridge 

This iconic bridge, located on the northern end of the National Park is Big Sur's version of the Golden Gate! You can pull over at one of many turnouts on the 1 freeway to grab a picture and see it in all its glory, spanning 260 feet above the beaches below. 

Bixby Bridge

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Salmon Creek Falls

This little 0.4 mile trek leads you down a woodsy, rocky river bed path to this spectacular hidden gem. This waterfall spot is a lot more isolated than McWay Falls and is the perfect spot for a lunch picnic and if your daring, a swim. There are lots of little rocks you can jump off of into the chilly shallow pool of water.

Salmon Creek Falls

Where to Stay:

Big Sur Campground and Cabins

Whether you want to camp or rent a little cabin near the campsites, this is the perfect little spot in the heart of the Big Sur wilderness amongst the redwood forrest. Make sure to reserve a spot at least 6 months in advance to your trip or 12 months on a holiday! This camping location is just a short drive from all the main state park hikes and iconic views and is located right next to the 1 freeway and Big Sur river.

Camp Big Sur

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What to Eat:

It's always a great idea to pack some camp picnic food and smores to eat around the fire, but there are a couple spots you still must stop by for a bite to eat! The first on this list being Big Sur Bakery.

Big Sur Bakery

The home of this quaint bakery was built in 1936 and still has all the charm. The Bakery serves everything from classic brunch items to wood fired pizzas and specialty desserts in the midst of the Big Sur wilderness. You won't want to miss it.

Big Sur Bakery

Image Source: Big Sur Bakery

Big Sur Roadhouse

If you are looking to dress up a little bit and get away from the campground for dinner, the Big Sur Road House is the perfect spot. Featuring modern rustic decor and a beautiful ocean view, this rustic sit down restaurant does fresh local California cuisine just right.

Big Sur Roadhouse

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What to Wear:

Big Sur explorin' calls for a chic boho look that you can add layers to for warmth. Our go to for this trip is the Savannah Shoulder Show Off Dress in Ivory.

Savannah Shoulder Show-Off Dress

We love this ivory number with a straw boater hat like this one from Lack of Color. The classic straw hat is a lovely light, and more weather resistant twist on the classic fedora and we especially love the black bow detail.

lack of color straw hat

And when you need a little extra warmth we love to layer a light wash boyfriend inspired denim jacket like this one from Asos. 

Asos Denim Jacket

To finish the whole look off we love a good pair of crisp white espadrilles like this single strap pair from Asos.



Things to Bring:

In addition to a casual chic outfit, this is what we always bring on the road to Big Sur:

1. A blanket for picnicking on and staying warm around the campfire

2. A camera to get gorgeous shots of the scenery and glamping

3. Light sunscreen to protect from the harsh California sun

4. Warm layers for night time and the early morning marine layer

5. Sunglasses for day hikes and relaxing by the beach

6. Hiking clothes and shoes so you can really explore the amazing scenery and viewpoints

7. Cleansing face wipes if your planning on going all natural this weekend and won't get a chance to shower

We hope you get the chance to get out and explore Big Sur soon! And if there are spots in Big Sur you absolutely love please share with us below! Also share your adventures with us on Instagram by tagging #BaileyBlueonYou.