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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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