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

    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

  • 4. Hearst Castle

    Castle/Palace

    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

    One of California's most spectacular drives snakes up the coast north of San Simeon. Numerous pullouts offer tremendous views and photo ops...Read More

  • 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

    Historic Home

    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. MOXI–The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Niner Wine Estate

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    A family-owned winery in the Willow Creek district, Niner is known equally for its range of estate wines (especially powerful reds) and its...Read More

  • 10. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

    Beach

    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. Old Mission Santa Barbara

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dating from 1786 and widely referred to as the "Queen of Missions," this is one of the most beautiful and frequently photographed buildings...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Sensorio

    Public Art

    This 386-acre interactive garden engages the senses; honors the natural topography; and offers a wide range of amusing, mystical, and kinetic...Read More

  • 16. Sixmilebridge Vineyards

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    In a cutting-edge facility on a 95-acre Westside estate, Sixmilebridge (named for the owner's ancestral home in Ireland), produces limited-production...Read More

  • 17. 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 4,000 cases of premium wine...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Ventura Oceanfront

    Promenade

    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

  • 20. 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

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