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Kayaking Morro Bay

A kayak trip from Spooner's Cove in Montaña de Oro to Morro Rock offers spectacular views and challenging conditions.

State Parks and Beaches of the Central Coast

At the heart of the California coast, this special stretch of Highway 1 includes over a dozen state parks, beaches, and historical monuments. From Ragged Point to Nipomo, you’ll find unspoiled beaches, quiet woodlands, marine protected areas, art, antiquities, and driveable dunes.

Hike On Highway 1

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.

Preserves, Sanctuaries and Secluded Pleasures along Highway 1

Find your sanctuary (and preserve your sense of well being). If solitude and serenity is what you seek, allow SLO CAL to ease your mind as you stretch your legs. Dreamlike hills, untouched cliffs, vibrant wildlife and endless uncrowded beaches and hiking trails await travelers along pristine Highway 1. Finally: fresh air, open sky and […]

Bird Watching on the Central Coast

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 […]

Morro Bay Estuary

Morro Bay was designated a state estuary in 1994 and an “estuary of national significance” in 1995 as a result of a tireless community-based effort to protect this precious resource.

Sea Otter Spotting

Cute, furry, and playful, Southern Sea Otters make their homes just offshore along the SLO CAL stretch of Highway 1. Sea otters are native to the north Pacific Ocean, with Monterey Bay, Big Sur, and the Central Coast as hubs of activity.

Hiking Los Osos

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.

Monarch Butterfly Groves on Highway 1

The site is part of an Audubon Nature Preserve, featuring a vegetative restoration project and access trails to monarchs and other scenic areas within the preserve. From late October to February, thousands of black and gold Monarch butterflies cluster in cities along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History – the only one in the California State Park system — opened in 1962. It served over 10,000 visitors in its first two years alone, and now some 65,000 people visit the Museum annually, including 14,000 children who participat

Biking Pacific Coast Highway 1

An all-time favorite cycling route, Highway 1 offers spectacular views and challenging climbs with great restaurants, wineries and attractions along the way.

Cayucos State Parks and Beaches

Sunshine, shoreline, surf and even starfish — these are just a few treasures to be found in Cayucos State Beaches and State Parks. Spanning 11 miles of diverse coastline, these places feature sandy beaches, rugged bluffs, tidepools and seasonal creeks that flow into the sea. All of it is minutes away (or, sometimes just steps […]

Best Beaches in Central California

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.