The California Condor is one of the world's rarest bird species. As of March 2010, there are 349 condors known to be living, including 180 in the wild. They have been reintroduced into the wild in Big Sur and these giant beauties are often spotted along this stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway 1 near the Coast Art Gallery. The wingspan of adult male California Condors approaches 10 feet.
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Photo Information: Big Sur Coast Art Gallery (831-667-2301) is an art gallery in a historic and architectural landmark built from old recycled redwood water tanks. The gallery displays and sells from local artist and notable artists and craftsmen from around the globe. Coast Gallery features six galleries and a Henry Miller Art Museum.
As highway 1 takes you through the Redwood Forests of the Big Sur River Valley you come upon a number of clusters of little business areas all within a few miles of each other. They are all wonderful in their own ways and vary slightly but the one thing they have in common is they are there for you and have been for many years to do their best to serve the Pacific Coast Highway traveler and they generally do that well. Each is like a mini-resort or private campground offering a smorgasbord of traveler/vacationer facilities and services. If you stop and where you stop and what you do can depend on many things. What time of year it is, what are your needs and desires and what your budget i$.
Coast Gallery History:Coast Galleries was founded by in 1971 by Gary Koeppel who still owns and operates the business with his wife. Gary designed and built the gallery buildings from used redwood water tanks that had been salvaged from a large municipalities water storage tanks. The circles of natural redwood with large round windows is an eye-catching Pacific Coast Highway 1 icon and a memorable architectural landmark on the scenic Big Sur Coast. It is the largest gallery of American Crafts in the United States.
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If you are looking for a place to stay this website has a guide to all the Big Sur Hotel Lodgings, personally I prefer the Big Sur Campgrounds. If you are planning on being hungry during your trip there is a Guide to All the Big Sur Restaurants but I must say my favorite Big Sir Restaurant for breakfast is Ragged Point Inn Restaurant and for lunch or dinner it is Nepenthe.
The Big Sur Valley Businesses fall along the highway in this order:
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In 2008 the wildfire came uncomfortably close to the Big Sur Coast Art Gallery