This park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak.
A hiker’s paradise, Los Osos lies in a valley at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Trails of all lengths span beaches, creeks, mountains, and bluffs.
Hiking along the Highway 1 Discovery Route showcases the diversity of this abundant place. From Ragged Point to Nipomo, each corner of coastal SLO CAL has its own distinctive flora, fauna, and history.
In 1892, Alden B. Spooner, Jr. built this ranch house overlooking the sea.
The Central Coast boasts some of the best beaches in the U.S., and certainly on the West Coast. Visitors can find a spectrum of options, with ideal beaches for sunbathing, beachcombing, wildlife viewing, surfing, tidepooling, doggie fun or even dune-driving.
When it comes to whale watching, the Central Coast boasts an embarrassment of riches, especially along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. Here, whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals and seabirds play within full view of the shoreline.
Ideal climate, terrain, and proximity to the Pacific Flyway makes the SLO CAL stretch of Highway 1 one of the finest birding regions in the world. In fact, of the 1,107 bird species identified in the United States, 467 of those have been seen in San Luis Obispo County. (By way of context, the entire […]
Elfin forests & rugged coastline in Los Osos & Baywood Park Exploring Highway 1, off the beaten path Highway 1 has no shortage of natural beauty, but perhaps the most enchanting and mysteriously beautiful stretch is the portion around Los Osos, and Baywood Park. Massive volcanic rocks rise up from the ocean, twisted pygmy oaks […]
California’s Central Coast provides a fun and safe playground for both dogs and their humans. Stay in dog-friendly lodging, dine in dog-friendly restaurants, and frolic on dog-friendly beaches, hikes and parks.
Visitors and local residents are invited to join the popular annual Super Bowl Sunday Trail Work Day each February in Montaña de Oro State Park
Visitors and local residents alike are invited to download free trail maps throughout the San Luis Obispo and the HWY 1 Discovery Route
Riding a horse amidst the beauty of coastal San Luis Obispo County can be a transforming experience. Get saddled up and discover a whole new perspective on our special stretch of Highway 1, from equestrian trails to vineyards.
Sweeping coastal views and a temperate climate make hiking the trails in and around Cayucos a must-do. Ready to hit the trail?
Forget NorCal or SoCal; SLO Cal is where it’s at! By Emily Chiu – BuzzFeed “So, are you from here?” I asked Jonny Ziegler as I alternately writhed and muscled my way into a wetsuit in the parking lot of Pismo Beach. Ziegler, owner of Sandbar Surf School, watched patiently as his coppery tan legs […]
Dwarf oaks grow in a mineral-depleted soil of “relic” sand dunes
Picnic in Paradise along CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in Coastal SLO County and Find Your Perfect Spot Coastal Hikes with Pristine Vistas, State Parks and Recreational Lakes, Wine Trails and Coastal Bluffs, or Historic Dunes and Gentle Coastal Peaks, Take your Pick! As summer turns to fall along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route, locals […]
A bounty of exciting experiences await in coastal San Luis Obispo County. Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Natural History Center This non-profit organization works to protect the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, a 30-kilometer stretch of the largest intact coastal dune ecosystem on Earth. Take a free, naturalist-led Stewardship Travel tour to learn about this fragile landscape. Hummer tours near Pismo […]