Kissing Rock – Pacific Grove, California - Atlas Obscura

While there are plenty of rocks where teenagers go to kiss, this “kissing rock” is particular in that it is not just teenagers kissing, it is the rocks themselves.

Found along the coastline in Pacific Grove California, it is a dramatic granite arch where two rocks meet and look like a a couple kissing, as waves crash underneath and behind them.

Called the “Kissing Rock” since Victorian times, it was a popular destination for petticoated ladies and mustachioed gentleman to come and take sepia-toned photos.

The site was officially designated the “Kissing Rocks” on April 1, 1970 and Life Magazine later called Pacific Grove the most romantic spot in America!

Know Before You Go

Follow the coastline of Pacific Grove until you reach Esplanade Park (a grove of trees). The kissing rock is across the street on the ocean side. N 36° 38.080 W 121° 55.488

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