Big Sur, Carmel, & Monterey California | June 2016 - MALLORI MA | Photography
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Big Sur, Carmel, & Monterey California | June 2016

I have been dreaming of going to Big Sur forever so when planning our vacation to San Francisco I really wanted to work this into our trip. And as it turns out there are some truly beautiful hotels and rentals in Carmel and Monterey California! We chose to stay at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands and it was AMAZING … gorgeous views overlooking the water and a wood burning fireplace in your room was just what we needed after spending the previous few days in San Francisco!

So we rested up after our drive and planned our road trip to Big Sur the next day!! Big Sur gets pretty busy pretty fast so we decided to get on the road early. The road to Big Sur on Highway 1 was like an attraction all by itself! There were so many breathtaking views and pull-offs I was starting to think we should have left even earlier because we just wanted to stop at all of them and soak in the beauty. Not to mention … being photographers it was pretty much a dream to photograph! And wait till you see the Bixby Bridge, if you love bridges like me this one is just stunning! When we finally reached Big Sur it was nothing short of amazing, a place that just seemed pretty magical. I feel blessed and thankful to have been there and urge anyone considering a trip here to go.

And because we wanted to see as much as possible while in Carmel we spent the second half of our day exploring 17-Mile Drive Pebble Beach, California. The drive is kind of touristy … but I guess since we are tourist its fine lol. It was a fun way to see some neat lookouts and landmarks such as the Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay, Bird Rock and of course world-renowned golf courses! Neither of us are golfers so we spent more time walking the beaches, watching seals and sea lions and admiring the coastal views! And we wrapped up our day with a seafood dinner in Fisherman’s Wharf Monterey where we saw more seals and sea lions as well as our first otter (not in an aquarium), so CUTE!

Before heading to the last stop on our trip and my next blog post Napa California, we spent some time hiking at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel where we saw gorgeous coastal views along the cliffs, stunning cypress trees, harbor seals and a Killer Whale! And on the way to Napa we stopped at one of the other main reason for this trip, the Muir Woods Redwood Forest! Truly incredible to see in person and the smell … nature never smelled so good lol! So I am going to stop now because I feel like I could write about this amazing trip forever but enjoy a little bit of Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey and Muir Woods through our lens!

Pigeon Point Light House State Historic Park California

So many beautiful lookout points on the way to Big Sur!

California Highway 1 Lookout Points on the way to Big Sur

California Highway 1

California Highway 1 Lookout Points

Big Sur did not disappoint!

Big Sur California

Big Sur California

Torquoise water at Big Sur

The Bixby Bridge!

The Bixby Bridge on the road to Big Sur

One of my favorite shots of the Bixby Bridge!

The Bixby Bridge California

17-Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive Pebble Beach California

All the little dots on the rock below are actually seals and sea lions with the exception of some birds! And all the white is massive amounts of bird poop lol.

17-Mile Drive and Bird Rock

17-Mile Drive

The Lone CypressThe Lone Cypress 17-Mile Drive Pebble Beach California

17-Mile Drive Pebble Beach and the Lone Cypress

Fisherman’s Wharf Monterey California!

Fishermans Wharf Monterey California

The seagulls here are just plain GIANT from what I am use to on the East Coast!

Fisherman's Wharf Monterey California

Point Lobos Carmel California!

Point Lobos Carmel California

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve Carmel California

Cuteness overload!!

Rabbit and Harbor Seals at Point Lobos State Reserve Carmel California

Point Lobos State Reserve Carmel California

Point Lobos Carmel California

Muir Woods Redwood Forrest!

Muir Woods California Redwoods

Muir Woods Redwoods in California

Muir Woods California Redwoods Forrest

Muir Woods National Reserve Redwoods Forrest

Muir Woods Redwoods National Park California






  • Christine Tustin

    28.07.2016 at 17:57 Reply

    Amazing photos! Some of my favorite spots in California!

  • Melanie

    27.07.2016 at 19:48 Reply

    Stunning photos! Big Sur is on my list of must-visit places 🙂

    • Mallori Ma

      27.07.2016 at 19:51 Reply

      Thank you! I hope you get there 🙂

  • B. James Productions

    27.07.2016 at 15:40 Reply

    Man…I want to book a gig in California…these are gorgeous!

    • Mallori Ma

      27.07.2016 at 16:18 Reply

      Thank you! I agree, I would love to photograph a wedding or anniversary session out there!

  • Carmen

    27.07.2016 at 15:24 Reply

    What a stunning location! Beautiful images!

  • DrRonShapiro

    27.07.2016 at 15:13 Reply

    Your photos make me want to go back really soon…. Ron

  • sarahgiffrow

    27.07.2016 at 15:08 Reply

    Looks like a fantastic trip–I especially love that Bixby Bridge view!

    • Mallori Ma

      27.07.2016 at 15:19 Reply

      Thank you! The Bixby Bridge is definitely pretty special!!

  • Jessica

    27.07.2016 at 15:07 Reply

    Such gorgeous photos! It looks like a beautiful place!

    • Mallori Ma

      27.07.2016 at 15:17 Reply

      Thank you it most definitely is a beautiful place!

  • Anonymous

    27.07.2016 at 14:56 Reply

    Such beautiful shots!! I recently moved to LA from the Bay + these photos bring back so many good feelings 🙂 thank you for sharing!!

    • Mallori Ma

      27.07.2016 at 15:15 Reply

      Thank you I love hearing that! The bay area is just beautiful, I hope to get the chance to visit again! Enjoy LA 🙂

  • Anonymous

    26.07.2016 at 21:28 Reply

    Gorgeous pictures. Thank you for letting me experience California thru your amazing captures.

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