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Big Sur is a mountainous area on the Central California Coast. Located in the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Big Sur is known for its drastic views. Named by Spanish settlers, the area was first known as the “Big Country of the South” which was later shortened to just Big Sur or the Big South. The dramatic coastline is a huge attraction for those who want to get away from busy city life and escape into nature. The visuals of the area have inspired writers such as Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac.
The area is teeming with numerous state and national parks where one can enjoy natural wonders which have been equated to the Grand Canyon. Although the area is regularly afflicted by landslides due to its steep cliffs and proximity to the sea, there is no lack of visitors for the Big Sur.
Some of the many state parks to check out in the area are Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, with the 3000 foot Manuel Peak, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, with the McWay Falls and a panoramic view of the ocean. Pfeiffer Beach is one of the most famous beaches, known for its purple-tinged sands due to the manganese garnet that gets eroded down from the cliffs.
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