The Central Coast Sights

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

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Paso Robles 20

San Luis Obispo 13

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Central Big Sur 4

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Ojai 5

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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...

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,...

HammerSky Vineyards

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Owner Doug Hauck bucks a few trends by focusing on Merlot and Zinfandel, two varietals of variable popularity in recent years. Hauck...

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...

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...

Jada Vineyard & Winery

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Winemaker David Galzignato, formerly of the Napa Valley's Charles Krug Winery, crafts Jada's nuanced, highly structured wines. Two worth...


  • House/Mansion/Villa

The 37-acre estate called Lotusland once belonged to the Polish opera singer Ganna Walska, who purchased it in the late 1940s and lived...

MOXI–The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation

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

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...

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...


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