Wine Coast Country Discovery Route

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California Highway 1 Discovery Route

Welcome to California’s beautiful Central Coast! Rich in history, culture, food, arts, shopping, outdoor activities and more, the Central Coast offers both travelers and locals a wonderful place to visit and live. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Central Coast is privileged to have hills meeting the ocean, rolling vineyards, a moderate year-round climate, and an overall relaxed environment.

Whether travelers come here for relaxation or thrill, the Central Coast has something to offer for everyone. It is an easy destination to reach and hard to leave. The City of San Luis Obispo serves as a gateway to each surrounding city, with no more than about a 30 minute drive to each region.

In Nipomo , visitors will discover acres of flowers, lush golf courses, peaceful dunes, and a perfect climate. In Oceano, off-road and ATV enthusiasts will go wild for the Oceano Dunes, where 1,500 acres of natural sand dunes comprise the only park in California where visitors may legally drive vehicles on the beach. Explore the Arroyo Grande Valley , the heart of the city, where the South County Historical Society, a swinging bridge, charming coffee bard, gift shops, and thriving 1890s butcher shop reside.

The Edna Valley winds for a dozen miles from Arroyo Grande to San Luis Obispo through cypress-studded, Tuscan-style countryside, with picturesque wineries, working farms, and tempting bike trails. Relax at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach and browse the gourmet goodies and seasonal produce at Avila Valley Barn. Los Osos , a lovely, peaceful bayside community is the gateway to Montano de Oro State Park, one of the most spectacular Oceanside parks in the country.

Cayucos by the Sea is called by many as “the last of the authentic California beach towns.” Nestled among towering pines that overlook the shimmering sea, the charming village of Cambria enchants visitors with its historic architecture, distinctive shops and a bustling art scene. Lastly, the very small town of San Simeon sits on either side of Highway One. Hotels and restaurants dot the frontage roads on either side of the highway in this true “gateway” town to the Hearst Castle.

Once in San Luis Obispo County, travelers can choose from an array of unique towns, all close in proximity. Come explore in more detail ten distinctive cities surrounding historic San Luis Obispo and all they have to offer.