Carmel & Highway 1 | NorCal Part II

The biggest item on my hit list for this trip was to see the Bixby Bridge (anyone else obsessed with the HBO series Big Little Lies?) and hike in Big Sur. Unfortunately, Big Sur was completely unaccessible due to the landslide, but Carmel won us over with its charm! We all absolutely adored this little town and definitely want to return. We drove from Carmel down to Big Sur until the road was entirely blocked off (with no detour!) just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Despite not actually driving Highway 1 in Big Sur, the drive was the ABSOLUTELY dreamiest. Most of the photos below were from pulling over on the side of Highway 1 and hopping out to snap some pics. It was cloudy & chilly most of the week, but we were lucky that the sun peeked out just for us on this drive. The last photo below of the seals is from a hike we did on our way back at Point Lobos in Carmel--a nice alternative since Big Sur was closed. We all decided if one of us becomes a millionaire, they must buy a house in Carmel!!