Big Sur is one of those epic drives that one needs to do in a lifetime, especially if you are in the US. It is as grand and magical as people say, and much more relaxing than I expected. But don’t just drive along the road. Along the way there are dozens of small parks  that you can stop at to stretch your legs, many with beaches. This is where you can really appreciate the beauty of the coast, the vibrant colours, the crisp air. Stop and take pictures at Point Lobos State Reserve, take pictures at Bixby Bridge and the lighthouse perched just a few kilometres away. There is a short walk at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park which is worth the entry fee. We spent an hour at Pfeiffer Beach (famous for having purple sand…which really wasn’t very purple but still a nice stop). If you can, spend the night at one of the little jewels nestled amongst the trees such as Deetjen’s Big Sur or glamping at Treebones Resort.

There are also a handful of great little stops for food or a hot chocolate! For a stunning view of the Big Sur coastline stop at Café Kevah. Upstairs there is a very good restaurant, Nepenthe with a gorgeous terrace, perfect to sit, enjoy a glass of wine, and enjoy the sunset.

Verdict: Stop for the views. Café Kevah, Big Sur, California, USA