The Central Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Calcareous Vineyard

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Elegant wines, a stylish tasting room, and knockout hilltop views make for a winning experience at this winery along winding Peachy Canyon Road...Read More

  • 2. East Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The wide swath of sand at the east end of Cabrillo Boulevard is a great spot for people-watching. East Beach has sand volleyball courts, summertime...Read More

  • 3. HammerSky Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Owner Doug Hauck handcrafts Bordeaux-centric wines on a 50-acre estate on the far western slopes of Paso Robles. Set amid rolling hills of vineyards...Read More

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    4. Hearst Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Officially known as "Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument," Hearst Castle sits in solitary splendor atop La Cuesta Encantada (the Enchanted...Read More

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    5. Highway 1

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    One of California's most spectacular drives, Highway 1 snakes up the coast north of San Simeon. Numerous pullouts along the way offer tremendous...Read More

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  • 6. Jada Vineyard & Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Jada biodynamically farms 65 acres of estate vineyards in the Templeton Gap/Willow Creek district, and uses the flavorful fruit to craft its...Read More

  • 7. Lotusland

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The 37-acre estate called Lotusland—often ranked among the world's 10 best gardens—once belonged to the Polish opera singer Ganna Walska, who...Read More

  • 8. Mission Santa Barbara

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Widely referred to as the "Queen of Missions," this is one of the most beautiful and frequently photographed buildings in coastal California...Read More

  • 9. MOXI–The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation

    Museum/Gallery

    It took more than two decades of unrelenting community advocacy to plan and build this exceptional science hub, which opened in early 2017 in...Read More

  • 10. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

    Beach–Sight

    Part of the spectacular Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, this 3,600-acre coastal playground is one of the few places in California where you can drive...Read More

  • 11. Pasolivo

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    While touring the idyllic west side of Paso Robles, take a break from wine tasting by stopping at Pasolivo. Find out how the artisans here make...Read More

  • 12. Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge

    Bridge/Tunnel

    In February 2017, heavy winter rains caused an old concrete bridge built in 1968 to crack and slip downhill at Pfeiffer Canyon, in the heart...Read More

  • 13. Santa Barbara County Courthouse

    Government Building

    Hand-painted tiles and a spiral staircase infuse the courthouse, a national historic landmark, with the grandeur of a Moorish palace. This...Read More

  • 14. Stolo Family Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Just 3 miles from the ocean and a short drive from Cambria's East Village, the 52-acre Stolo estate produces about 5,000 cases of premium wine...Read More

  • 15. Talley Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, plus smaller parcels of Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and other varietals blanket Talley's mountain-ringed dell...Read More

  • 16. Tin City

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This industrial park on the southern border of Paso Robles houses a collection of wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, and specialty shops...Read More

  • 17. Ventura Oceanfront

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    Four miles of gorgeous coastline stretch from the county fairgrounds at the northern border of the city of San Buenaventura, through San Buenaventura...Read More

  • 18. Alma Rosa Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Winemaker Richard Sanford helped put Santa Barbara County on the international wine map with a 1989 Pinot Noir. For Alma Rosa, started in 2005...Read More

  • 19. Andree Clark Bird Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This peaceful lagoon and its gardens sit north of East Beach. Bike trails and footpaths, punctuated by signs identifying native and migratory...Read More

  • 20. Arroyo Burro Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The beach's usually gentle surf makes it ideal for families with young children. It's a local favorite because you can walk for miles in both...Read More

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