Big Sur offers visitors luxury resort hotels, RV equipped campsites, restaurants hiking and breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. Reserve here today.

Big Sur offers visitors luxury resort hotels, RV equipped campsites, restaurants hiking and breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. Reserve here today.

Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California's Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.

Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, east of central California's Salinas Valley, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.

There are hikes in Monterey County for every level of hiker, from the novice in sneakers to the extreme hiker with the latest high-tech gear. Find trails here.

There are hikes in Monterey County for every level of hiker, from the novice in sneakers to the extreme hiker with the latest high-tech gear. Find trails here.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, National Park Service page. http://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, National Park Service page. http://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

A typical day of sunshine and clouds at Carmel Beach

A typical day of sunshine and clouds at Carmel Beach

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur: See 502 reviews, articles, and 297 photos of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, ranked No.5 on TripAdvisor among 28 attractions in Big Sur.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur: See 502 reviews, articles, and 297 photos of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, ranked No.5 on TripAdvisor among 28 attractions in Big Sur.

Pinnacles National Park (the newest National Park) offers hiking (even through a cave that requires a flashlight!) and camping. Is located 2 hours NW of Karen's.

Pinnacles National Park (the newest National Park) offers hiking (even through a cave that requires a flashlight!) and camping. Is located 2 hours NW of Karen's.

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