to the storied
coastal sanctuary of
inspiration and wild nature.
See and feel the
real Big Sur. A day of experiencing the rare nature and
culture of this fantastic coast.
Our schedule is to
pick you up at Carmel Crossroads 10 AM – and return you
at 5 PM.
Ride in a
comfortable mini coach along the spectacular Big Sur
Coast and through the redwoods. Take interpretive walks
into the cultural and natural history of fabled Big
You will see and
feel the boldest meeting of land and sea in an inspiring
scene, and will become part of it in this knowledageable
stop is Grimes Point to see California Condors,
a favorite haunt above the Steller sea lion
rookery, and watch for whales, dolphin, sea
otters, sea birds, yuccas and the incredible
how the wondrous landscape evolved over millions
of years to make this setting of rivers and
forests flourish with such an abundance of
plants and animals – a showcase for land and sea
Bridge is a
superb achievement. Its vantage of ocean
and mountain canyon is unique. And its
construction is a wonder. Next comes the
glorious entrance of the Little Sur River
to the Pacific.
We arrive at
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park about 11 AM and walk
out to the waterfall overlook.
Here we learn the panorama of
Big Sur history – the native ecology – the exploits of
pioneers and visionaries – of astonishing geology –
and bold challenge to conserve native
For the venturesome we will trek to
canyon waterfall that winds through a 12,000 year
old redwood (honest! – it is 6 iterations of the same
tree) sublimely, seamlessly intertwined with a
crystalline granite block.
We walk in the redwoods into McWay
along the creek for lunch.
wine and lore
Visit artisan workshops and
see the famous art haunts.
Next, on to Coast Gallery – then
the Phoenix at Nepenthe – featured in the Elizabeth
Taylor and Richard Burton seminal movie, The
Sandpiper, that symbolizes the bohemian era of
Before returning we will enjoy a
wine tasting at the Big Sur Lodge in the redwoods along
the Big Sur River – and an interactive narrative about
fish and the whole ecology – human and nature – in Big
Sara Howlett, an
interpretive guide at Big Sur State Parks, welcomes
you at the famed Phoenix shop at Nepenthe.
on the Big Sur coast symbolize the extraordinary
biodiversity in this mountain range. They luxuriate
here in the last outpost of Redwoods.
Big Sur is the
exciting home to more than half of all
species of California native plants. More
than 200 native plants have their
northernmost habitat here, and more than
200 native plants have their southernmost
Your guide is Jack
Ellwanger, founder of Pelican Network,
Naturalist at the Big Sur Lodge and a
long-time natural and cultural history
education advocate on the
Come with us
Big Sur Day Trip
831 667 2025
Price $99 per
$89 per person for
$79 per person for
$69 per person for
Stay the night at the Big
Sur Lodge in beautiful Pfeifer
Big Sur State Park and return by Day Trip coach
the next afternoon
Add $95 per person double occupancy
Add $190 per person single occupancy
project of Friends of Big Sur by PelicanNetwork
to benefit the future Big Sur Interpretive
Your lunch, created by the Swiss chef
at the Big Sur Lodge, will be enjoyed in the redwoods by the
stream in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
You have an option to hike to the
Canyon Fall further along the trail. This waterfall winds
through an ancient redwood in a place that was sacred to the
Native People here.
Your guide will share stories with
you about the life style and beliefs of the Natives, and
tell you about the unique coastal redwoods and the native