Nicole Kidman and her posse may be the biggest stars of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” but the miniseries’ stunning location is a close runner-up. The story takes place in Monterey, California, and much of it was filmed in the town and its surrounding area.
The nearby rugged coastline ― known as Big Sur ― has been a hit with travelers lately, and the show aimed to boost its allure even more.
“Aesthetically, we were looking to draw the audience in and (have them say) ‘I want to go there on vacation,’” creator David E. Kelley told The Mercury News.
Here’s where to visit during yours.
Bixby Bridge and Highway 1
The opening credits feature this iconic bridge, which arches 260 feet above a canyon in Big Sur. Plan a drive along Highway 1 to soak in those legendary views, but note that a fire and mudslides have caused closures lately, so you may need to take an alternate route after checking current road conditions.
Garrapata State Park
Those shots of powerful crashing waves come from this scenic state park, where locals go for uncrowded hiking trails that climb steeply up to ocean vistas before plunging into redwood forests. Again, check for closures before choosing a trail.
The show’s moms gossip at a coffeeshop on Fisherman’s Wharf, which was originally built in the 1800s to unload passengers and freight (namely sardines). Today, the wharf’s seafood options are more refined: Try the clam chowder at Old Fisherman’s Grotto or the king crab at Domenico’s On the Wharf.
Del Monte Beach
Shailene Woodley’s character loves to run on the beach, and this wide-open stretch of sand made the perfect filming location. Mostly locals hang out here, and it’s an ideal spot for beach walks, picnics and kayaking.