12 ‘Big Little Lies’ Filming Locations You Can Visit IRL Right Now

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It's hard to say what's more enticing about HBO's Big Little Lies series: the juicy drama happening, the amazing characters, or the jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery in the background. The Monterey, California backdrop of Big Little Lies, which include pebbly beaches, crashing waves, gorgeous sunsets, incredible mansions, and adorable beach town shots, almost seems too perfect to be real. But this isn't a movie set or CGI: many Big Little Lies filming locations very much exist in real life, and, in fact, you can visit them whenever you want. Even without the show, these spots are interesting and beautiful enough to make for the best vacation.

Much of Big Little Lies is actually filmed in the real Monterey, California, a small city on the state's central coast that's not too far from other popular spots like San Francisco and Big Sur. There are beaches, wineries, organic restaurants, plenty of shopping, and, of course, quintessentially perfect California weather. It's a beautiful place to visit, especially if you plan on taking a road trip: Monterey County is made up of Carmel Valley, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, and more, and you'll want to see everything. Plus, there are several highways and roads that are so picturesque that you won't even mind being in the car for hours.

If you want to plan the ultimate trip, here are Big Little Lies filming locations you can really visit. And who knows? Maybe you'll run into the cast along the way.