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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Distance: 306 miles one-way
There are many state parks and beaches along Big Sur's winding Highway 1. With 1,006 acres and 204 campsites, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is the biggest campground in the Big Sur area, complete with lodge, cafe and market, not far from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (where the big waterfall is), Nepenthe restaurant (since 1949), Deetjens Big Sur Inn (since the 40s) and Bixby Creek Bridge (since 1932).
Contact: (831) 667-2315, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=570