The name Big Sur is derived from the Spanish el sur grande, meaning the big South, which refers to its location south of the Monterey Peninsula. Spanning 90 miles, it is the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the U.S. and one of the most spectacularly scenic routes in the world. I guarantee your jaw will drop with nearly every winding turn in the road while you chase the sun and watch as waves crash into the jagged shores below. Wander through redwood forests, enjoy a picnic on the beach and watch for humpback whales to breach the surface, and marvel as McWay Falls (pictured above) cascades into the ocean at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Enjoy a glass of wine and a moonlit evening of stargazing from your private deck or pool at Post Ranch Inn – my recommendation for your accommodation.