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Point Sur State Historic Park

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Address: Hwy. 1, Big Sur, CA 93940
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+1 831-625-4419

This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.

This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.

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Monterey to Big Sur

The getting there is so much better than the prize. The drive along highway 1 from Monterey to the Big Sur is very rewarding with fabulous vistas but we were told that the... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2016
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

The getting there is so much better than the prize. The drive along highway 1 from Monterey to the Big Sur is very rewarding with fabulous vistas but we were told that the restaurant Nepenthe was unmissable. I must have missed something, the restaurant was closed and the views from the restaurant gardens were no where as good as the... More 

1 Thank at_39000ft
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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164 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

We have visited the USA about 13 years in a row and visited this area many times, but we always missed the Point Sur Lighthouse tour due to timing and the tour dates/hours. We have been to almost every other lighthouse on the California coast and a few on the East Coast. This was the best for sure because it... More 

3 Thank CCandWH
San Francisco, California
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204 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

The Big Sur is a must see if in Northern California. It's quite a drive from any major city but it has one of the most breathtaking views you will ever see and there are several look out points where you can get some great photographs. Most people go to Big Sur and camp but if you're doing so be... More 

1 Thank theprincessandqueen
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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86 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We took the tour on a Sunday in April and it was cool and cloudy when we arrived. During the tour, it warmed and cleared up, and we had really beautiful views in all directions. The wildflowers were blooming. The history is interesting, the restoration of the keeper's quarters is meticulous, the location is stunning, and the tour guides were... More 

Thank Hope S
Sacramento, California
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

What a great hike and history lesson about the Pt. Sur Lighthouse. Kevin and Eleanor were the guides for the day - we had Kevin. He was entertaining and full of knowledge! The views from the path leading to the lighthouse were breathtaking. We enjoyed getting to the top and chatting with the docents, as people drank hot cocoa and... More 

2 Thank Elly A
Avenal, California
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Lighthouse tour was really nice. Views from on top of the mountain are breath taking!! Check their website for times and guidelines. During summertime, recommend arriving 45 minutes early to avoid being cut off from the tour capacity limitation. Paranormal activity abounds there so say the docents who volunteer to lead tours there!!

Thank Attraversiamo2023
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373 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 377 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

The lighthouse at Point Sur State Historic Park is well worth the walk. The volunteers who coordinate the tour have limited resources, so plan ahead and check tour times, so you are not disappointed, should you miss a tour.

Thank gadgetguy11
San Diego
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We decided to detour our northern to Southern California trip by way of a coastal route, since neither of us had even been along Big Sur. It's one of the most beautiful drives I've ever been on in California, and I say that as a native who has lived here over half of my life. The water and cliffs are... More 

1 Thank JuliaGooliaAbroad
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Great experience and learning while hiking up to the top of the rock, but not having an option to leave in the middle was concerning. Our two young boys managed it fine, however, and listed the trip as a highlight in our mini vacation to Carmel.

2 Thank Donavaughn L
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Have been wanting to do this tour for YEARS and never had the opportunity. Was finally able to do this tour on May 4th with a couple of just amazing docents who obviously love what they do. The views are spectacular, the walk is long but our guides stopped several times along the way to explain the rocks, the navy... More 

1 Thank Erica B

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