Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

4 Must-See Sights On The West Coast Of America

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Marianne Lampon

Marianne is the Content Assistant at Back-Roads. She writes the copy for anything and everything including the Back-Roads blog. Originally from Cambridge, she's officially caught the travel bug and loves her movies and fitness.

8th March 2019

4 Must-See Sights On The West Coast Of America

Where better to embrace adventure on the scenic route than sun-kissed California?
The natural beauty in the Golden State is as diverse as it is captivating – from sleepy vineyards and alpine lakes to iconic coastal view.

Have a read of these four must-sees on America’s west coast. Ready to go exploring?

1. Old Mission Santa Barbara

Established in 1786, this impressive Mission stands as a major landmark in Santa Barbara and is a must-visit when passing through the city.

Once here, you’ll find a grand church, a museum, gift shop, cemetery and twelve acres of surrounding gardens. Go for a visit and get immersed in this interesting place.
Old Mission Santa Barbara

2. Hearst Castle

Designed by Julia Morgan (dubbed California's first female architect) and finished in 1947, Hearst Castle was built as the home of Randolph Hearst (known for developing the famous Hearst Communications).

The castle has 165 rooms and the complex itself has 127 acres of gardens, cottages, pools and stunning views over the Central Coast. Don’t forget your camera! This private residence is truly impressive.
Hearst Castle

3. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Beautiful and unspoiled, Big Sur State Park is high on many travellers’ must-see lists for good reason.

A hike through the redwood forests will lead you to spectacular views of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Big Sur River Gorge, the Big Sur Valley and the Pacific Ocean. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the skunks, deer and raccoons that call the park home!
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

4. Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

The dramatic rocky coastline of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a wonderful place for a photo stop – and if you’re lucky, you may even see some of the resident sea lions splashing around in the sea below.

Located just four miles from Carmel, Point Lobos is the perfect place to enjoy wilderness walks both short and long.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve