Must-See Spots for Highway 1 Rural Road Trips 

California’s Highway 1 Discovery Route covers 101 miles of stunning shoreline and incredible journeys through 10 charming towns of Coastal San Luis Obispo County. Along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route, there are countless unique ‘must-see’ spots like the majestic Hearst Castle and historic lighthouses, as well as ‘must-do’ experiences in each destination. To plan for a memorable rural road trip or vacation, start by viewing these must-see spots.

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Lopez Lake: 35.190909, -120.459668
Historic Huasna Townsite Drive/Ride: 35.104604, -120.387328
Swinging Bridge: 35.118078, -120.589642
SLO Wine Country: 35.118587, -120.590725

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Avila Valley Barn: 35.183009, -120.706312
Pecho Coast Trail Docent Hikes to Point San Luis Lighthouse with PG&E: 35.282752, -120.659616
Point San Luis Lighthouse: 35.161745, -120.764068
Central Coast Aquarium: 35.179975, -120.736252
Bob Jones Trail: 35.180677, -120.727419

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Main Street Cambria: 35.562817, -121.088469
Pacific Coast Wine Trail: 35.586194, -120.993421
Moonstone Beach: 35.576522, -121.114028
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve: 35.556181, -121.102295
Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Cambria: 35.563558, -121.082100
Covell\'s California Clydesdales: 36.760693, -121.765735

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Cayucos Pier: 35.449109, -120.906133
Tide Pools: 35.450179, -120.951778
Historic Cass House: 35.449975, -120.905972
Cayucos Visitor Center: 35.447958, -120.903343
Estero Bluffs State Park: 35.442751, -120.892125

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Old Edna Townsite: 35.202275, -120.612176
SLO Wine Country: 35.282752, -120.659616

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Montaña de Oro State Park: 35.300323, -120.862665
El Moro Elfin Forest: 35.179975, -120.736252

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Oso Flaco Lake: 35.029091, -120.617185
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Natural History Center: 34.972518, -120.572073
Monarch Butterflies: 35.028073, -120.552122
Rancho Nipomo Historical Dana Adobe : 35.027656, -120.470152

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Oceano Train Depot: 35.102178, -120.617420
Oso Flaco Lake: 35.029091, -120.617185
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Natural History Center: 34.972518, -120.572073
Monarch Butterflies: 35.179975, -120.736252
Rancho Nipomo Historical Dana Adobe : 35.027656, -120.470152

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Cliffside Trail: 35.780612, -121.331967
Salmon Creek Falls: 35.816198, -121.356504

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Hearst Castle: 35.685208, -121.168225
Piedras Blancas Light Station: 35.665637, -121.284329
Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery: 35.612277, -121.147050
Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay: 35.644012, -121.187543
Highway 1 Zebra Viewing: 35.643951, -121.185433
Highway 1 Zebra Viewing: 35.643951, -121.185433