One the most scenic locales in America, Big Sur on Pacific Coast of California attracts thousands of visitors each year. McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is one of the most-visited spots along California's Big Sur coast. The water drops 80 feet onto a sandy beach in McWay Cove.
McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is one of the most-visited spots along California's Big Sur coast. The water drops 80 feet onto a sandy beach in McWay Cove. (Oct. 31, 2013)
California's Andrew Molera State Park offers easy beach access and that's unusual. It is where the Big Sur River meets the Pacific Ocean. The park is home to a former farm where Monterey Jack cheese was born. (Oct. 31, 2013)
Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, Calif., Big Sur is a wild and natural 90-mile stretch from Carmel in the north to San Simeon in the south, where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the ocean.
Tourists watch elephant seals bask iin the sun on the Piedras Blancas beach near San Simeon, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2013)
Northern elephant seals are the big attractions at Piedras Blancas near San Simeon. Up to 17,000 elephant seals live in the rookery at the southern end of Big Sur, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2013)
Elephant seals bask in the sun at the Piedras Blancas beach near San Simeon, Calif. The Piedras Blancas Marine Reserve rookery, on Highway 1, seven miles north of San Simeon on the California Central Coast, is home to thousands of elephant seals. (Oct. 6, 2013)
Visitors can tour Hearst Castle, the 165-room estate of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, in San Simeon, Calif. Hearst called the estate "La Cuesta Encantada" ("The Enchanted Hill"). (Aug. 30, 2013)
Visitors tour the dining room of Hearst Castle. (Aug. 30, 2013)
The blue-tiled, indoor Roman pool at the Hearst Castle. (Aug. 30, 2013)