OUR FAVOURITE HIKE IN BIG SUR – THE EWOLDSEN TRAIL

If you’re only going to do one hike in Big Sur – make it this one!

There are so many great things about this trail.

It’s got amazing redwoods and pretty bridges crossing over picture-perfect bubbling streams.

It’s just the right distance that you can fit it in on a day trip to the area and it’s still got a nice amount of elevation gain so you will feel like you’ve completed a good substantial hike.

Your efforts in climbing uphill will be rewarded by truly incredible ocean views.

It’s also super close to other Big Sur attractions, including the famous McWay falls which you can conveniently reach from the same carpark.

And – if you need one more reason to visit this trail here it is – you may even spot a California Condor up here. Now, if you can’t get excited about possibly spotting the largest bird in North America soaring over the coastline with its glorious 3 metre wingspan, then I’m sorry but this friendship is not going to work out.

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BIG SUR – TREEBONES RESORT

Treebones Resort is a wonderful option for a stay in Big Sur.

Here, staying in furnished yurts, you can enjoy that camping feeling of being totally immersed in nature without having to actually organise the full camping logistics.

This is especially helpful if you’re visiting from overseas without camping gear. Or if, like me, you quite like having the option of using a hair-straightener for a few minutes of a morning.  I think we can agree that good hair only improves a holiday. The utility of a simple power-point cannot be underestimated.

Located at the southern end of the Big Sur coast, Treebones is a beautiful property set on the hillside above Highway One, overlooking the ocean.

There are 16 yurts in total, which have been carefully placed into the landscape. Smaller yurts accommodate couples, while there are larger yurts available for groups of up to 5 people.

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HIGHWAY ONE ROAD TRIP – BIG SUR

Big Sur is a stunning stretch of the central California coast where the Pacific ocean meets the Santa Lucia mountains.

Stunning doesn’t quite cut it.

This is a place of rugged mountains, ocean sunsets, glorious redwoods and bubbling streams.

Did we mention the gorgeous beaches and the eagles? They’re pretty amazing too.

‘Big Sur’ is a translation from the original Spanish description for this coastline when it was known as ‘the big south’, being the area south to the city of Monterey.

Stretching from San Simeon to Carmel in the north, this 90 odd miles of coast is easily the most scenic and iconic part of the Highway One drive.

 

 

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VENICE BEACH BOARDWALK

So you’re in California with your friends. The sun is out, the weather is warm and you’re having Baywatch flashbacks even though as an 8 year old your parents rarely let you watch the show.

There is now only one thing to do. Get yourselves down to Venice beach (80’s exercise gear optional).

Although if you’re an 80’s/early 90’s traditionalist rollerblades may seem a more appropriate option, a fantastic way to see this iconic part of California is to do so by bike.

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RUNYON CANYON

The idea for our California adventure started a few months ago.

After arriving home after few too many tequila shots at our friend Miss A’s birthday party, a late night Flight Centre offer of $900 return flights to LA was impossible to refuse and the booking was made for a LA road trip adventure. Yes! Greatest impulse purchase of all time!

Fast-forward a few months and we’re meeting our gorgeous friend E, fresh from her Sydney flight, at the arrivals hall at LAX at 6:30am.

After renting a car and crashing at our hotel (us, not the car!) for a much needed sleep, the adventure began in Runyon Canyon.

Runyon Canyon is located in the Hollywood Hills just behind West Hollywood.

This is a great place for a hike. You’ll take in the views, get some perspective of the city and even see the Hollywood sign!

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