Sights & Attractions in Santa Barbara and the Central Coast

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Name Category Location
 
Alma Rosa Winery
Winemaker Richard Sanford helped put Santa...
Wineries / Breweries Solvang
 
Andree Clark Bird Refuge
This peaceful lagoon and its gardens sit north of...
Nature Preserves Santa Barbara
 
Arroyo Burro Beach
The beach's usually gentle surf makes it ideal...
Beaches Santa Barbara
 
Avila State Beach
At the edge of a sunny cove next to downtown...
Beaches Avila Beach
 
Avila Valley Barn
An old-fashioned, family-friendly country store...
Restaurants Avila Beach
 
Bixby Creek Bridge
The graceful arc of Bixby Creek Bridge is a...
Bridges / Tunnels Central Big Sur
 
Carhartt Vineyard Tasting Room
Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah are among...
Wineries / Breweries Los Olivos
 
Carriage and Western Art Museum
The country's largest collection of old...
Museums / Galleries Santa Barbara
 
Central Coast Aquarium
You'll learn all about local marine plants and...
Museums / Galleries Avila Beach
 
Chumash Casino Resort
Just south of Santa Ynez on the Chumash Indian...
Casinos Santa Ynez
 
Claiborne & Churchill
An eco-friendly winery built from straw bales, C&C...
Wineries / Breweries San Luis Obispo
 
Daniel Gehrs Tasting Room
Heather Cottage, built in the early 1900s as a...
Wineries / Breweries Los Olivos
 
East Beach
The wide swath of sand at the east end of...
Beaches Santa Barbara
 
Eberle Winery
Even if you don't drink wine, stop here for a...
Wineries / Breweries Paso Robles
 
Edna Valley Vineyard
For sweeping valley views and crisp Sauvignon...
Wineries / Breweries San Luis Obispo
 
El Presidio State Historic Park
Founded in 1782, El Presidio was one of four...
Military Sites Santa Barbara
 
Embarcadero
The center of the action on land is the...
Neighborhoods / Streets Morro Bay
 
Estrella Warbirds Museum
An entertaining homage to fighter planes,...
Museums / Galleries Paso Robles
 
Firestone Vineyard
Heirs to the Firestone tire fortune developed...
Wineries / Breweries Los Olivos
 
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
At this working craft brewery you can sample...
Wineries / Breweries Paso Robles
 
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Walk along a mile-long coastal bluff trail to...
Nature Preserves Cambria
 
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Preserve
This spectacular preserve straddles the coast...
Nature Preserves Lompoc
 
Hearst Castle
Officially known as "Hearst San Simeon State...
Castles / Palaces San Simeon
 
Highway 1
One of California's most spectacular drives,...
Scenic Drives Southern Big Sur
 
History Center of San Luis Obispo County
Across the street from the old Spanish mission,...
Museums / Galleries San Luis Obispo
 
Jade Cove
In Los Padres National Forest just north of the...
Geological Sites Southern Big Sur
 
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
The park provides fine hiking, from an easy...
Parks Southern Big Sur
 
Justin Vineyards & Winery
Suave Justin built its reputation—and, claim...
Wineries / Breweries Paso Robles
 
Karpeles Manuscript Library
Ancient political tracts and old Disney cartoons...
Libraries Santa Barbara
 
La Purísima Mission State Historic Park
The state's most fully restored mission,...
Religious Sites Lompoc
 
Lafond Winery and Vineyards
A rich, concentrated Pinot Noir is the main...
Wineries / Breweries Solvang
 
Lake Casitas Recreation Area
Lunker largemouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie,...
Bodies of Water Ventura
 
Leffingwell's Landing
A state picnic ground, the landing is a good...
Parks Cambria
 
Lompoc Valley Flower Festival
Around the last weekend of June, Lompoc...
Festivals Lompoc
 
Lompoc Wine Ghetto
Nearly 20 laid-back tasting rooms with premium...
Wineries / Breweries Lompoc
 
Lotusland
The 37-acre estate called Lotusland once...
Houses / Mansions Santa Barbara
 
Mission San Buenaventura
The ninth of the 21 California missions, Mission...
Historic Districts / Sites Ventura
 
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Sun-dappled Mission Plaza fronts the fifth...
Religious Sites San Luis Obispo
 
Mission Santa Barbara
Widely referred to as the "Queen of Missions,"...
Religious Sites Santa Barbara
 
Mission Santa Inés
The mission holds an impressive collection of...
Religious Sites Solvang
 
Montaña de Oro State Park
West of San Luis Obispo, Los Osos Valley Road...
Parks San Luis Obispo
 
Montecito
Since the late 1800s the tree-studded hills and...
Towns Santa Barbara
 
Moonstone Beach Drive
The drive runs along a bluff above the ocean,...
Scenic Drives Cambria
 
Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History
Entertaining interactive exhibits at this spiffy...
Museums / Galleries Morro Bay
 
Morro Rock
At the mouth of Morro Bay stands 576-foot-high...
Nature Preserves Morro Bay
 
Museum of Ventura County
Exhibits in a contemporary complex of galleries...
Museums / Galleries Ventura
 
Nit Wit Ridge
Arthur Beal (aka Captain Nit Wit, Der Tinkerpaw)...
Houses / Mansions Cambria
 
Niven Family Wine Estates
A refurbished 1909 schoolhouse serves as tasting...
Wineries / Breweries San Luis Obispo
 
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
Part of the largest and most ecologically diverse...
Beaches Pismo Beach
 
Ojai Art Center
California's oldest nonprofit, multipurpose arts...
Arts / Performance Venues Ojai
 
Ojai Avenue
The work of local artists is displayed in the...
Neighborhoods / Streets Ojai
 
Ojai Valley Museum
The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits the...
Museums / Galleries Ojai
 
Ojai Valley Trail
The 18-mile trail is open to pedestrians,...
Trails Ojai
 
Old Edna
This peaceful, 2-acre site once was the town of...
Towns San Luis Obispo
 
Old San Simeon
Founded in the 1850s as a whaling village, Old...
Towns San Simeon
 
Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center
Information Centers Santa Barbara
 
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum
The museum's one-room schoolhouse and its...
Museums / Galleries Paso Robles
 
Paso Robles Wine Festival
Most local wineries pour at this mid-May outdoor...
Festivals Paso Robles
 
Pasolivo
While touring the idyllic west side of Paso...
Wineries / Breweries Paso Robles
 
Pfeiffer Beach
Through a hole in one of the gigantic boulders at...
Beaches Central Big Sur
 
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Among the many hiking trails at Pfeiffer Big...
Parks Central Big Sur
 
Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery
A large colony of elephant seals (at last count...
Nature Preserves San Simeon
 
Piedras Blancas Light Station
If you think traversing craggy, twisting...
Tours San Simeon
 
Pismo State Beach
One of the busiest state beaches in the county,...
Beaches Pismo Beach
 
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Docents lead hikes along scenic Pecho Coast Trail...
Nautical Sites Avila Beach
 
Point Sur State Historic Park
An 1889 lighthouse still stands watch from atop a...
Parks Central Big Sur
 
Rideau Vineyard
This winery celebrates its locale's rich...
Wineries / Breweries Solvang
 
River Oaks Hot Springs & Spa
The lakeside spa, on 240 hilly acres near the...
Spas Paso Robles
 
San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
Activities at this delightful facility geared to...
Museums / Galleries San Luis Obispo
 
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
The permanent collection here focuses on the...
Museums / Galleries San Luis Obispo
 
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Scenic trails meander through the garden's 78...
Gardens / Arboretums Santa Barbara
 
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Hand-painted tiles and a spiral staircase infuse...
Government Buildings Santa Barbara
 
Santa Barbara Historical Museum
The historical society's museum exhibits...
Museums / Galleries Santa Barbara
 
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
California's seafaring history is the focus here....
Museums / Galleries Santa Barbara
 
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
The highlights of this museum's permanent...
Museums / Galleries Santa Barbara
 
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
The gigantic skeleton of a blue whale greets...
Museums / Galleries Santa Barbara
 
Santa Barbara Zoo
This compact zoo's grounds are so gorgeous people...
Zoos / Aquariums Santa Barbara
 
Stearns Wharf
Built in 1872, Stearns Wharf is Santa Barbara's...
Stores / Malls Santa Barbara
 
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Tucked in the western hills of Paso Robles,...
Wineries / Breweries Paso Robles
 
Talley Vineyards
Acres of Chardonnay and Pinot noir, plus smaller...
Wineries / Breweries San Luis Obispo
 
Ty Warner Sea Center
A branch of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural...
Zoos / Aquariums Santa Barbara
 
Urban Wine Trail
Nearly two dozen winery tasting rooms form the...
Wineries / Breweries Santa Barbara
 
Ventura Oceanfront
Four miles of gorgeous coastline stretch from the...
Promenades / Boardwalks Ventura
 
Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards
A pioneering Central Coast producer now part of...
Wineries / Breweries Paso Robles
 
William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach
This wide, sandy beach edges a protected cove on...
Beaches San Simeon

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