Places to Visit in the US That Feel Like Another Country

Lastly, a drive through Big Sur in California might remind you of Australia, the farthest

Lastly, a drive through Big Sur in California might remind you of Australia, the farthest continent from North America.

Bixby Creek Bridge and Californian coast on a sunny day, California

The Bixby Creek Bridge on the Californian coast.

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I’ve always wanted to go to Australia, but there’s no place farther if you’re flying in from the US. And I’ve read that Big Sur, a place I’ve visited before, has a landscape very similar to the outskirts of Sydney.

Katie Dundas, a travel blogger living in Sydney, wrote about places in Australia that look similar to the US, and I thought the most impressive comparison was California’s Big Sur to Australia’s Sea Cliff Bridge just south of Sydney.

Big Sur is an epic site with hills on one side and an ocean on the other. It’s part of a drive on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Sea Cliff Bridge is also part of a scenic coastal drive, and based on Dundas’ post, I think they look nearly identical.

I think it’s a shame that traveling the world can be so harmful. But I think we’ll have a better chance at making it last longer if we try to appreciate epic sights that are closer to home.