Big Sur essentially is the 90-mile section of California coastline south to Monterrey Bay. Each time if we drive down to southern California, we always drive up through Hwy 1. Each time we would discover something unique.
If there is one single image of California coastline that would make your jaw dropping, it has to be the Pfeiffer Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, not the 17-Mile Drive you are probably thinking. We have been to both, and our favorite is always Big Sur, which stands in its grandest and wildest nature.