We all want more immersive experiences in our lives, especially when we travel. The new year should ring in less calendar obsession and bring more opportunities to lose ourselves in our surroundings. The Coastal Discovery Celebration offers just such an opportunity to unwind, expand and contribute to making our surroundings (and ourselves) more meaningful. From January 18 to February 29, the 72-mile Highway 1 Discovery Route will lead visitors along the trail to new discoveries and personal stewardship possibilities.
The Coastal Discovery Celebration provides an annual opportunity to go deep in our exploration and appreciation of the region. In addition to regular adventures like guided kayaking and hikes, unique events are scheduled like the Coastal Discovery Celebration Film Festival. The Hearst Castle Theater will host a large format film twice nightly. National Parks Adventure is narrated by Robert Redford and explores several of our majestic National Parks including Yellowstone, Glacier, and Redwood.
Just like at these iconic National Parks, the outdoors is always calling in vivid 3D along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. The Adventures with Nature series offers more than 150 programs every year. Unlike many places, where winter may slow down activities, the opportunities increase here when monarch butterflies are on the move and elephant seals settle into their rookeries, the most accessible sea lion habitat viewing in the world. Naturalist-trained docents also set up spotting scopes to watch the sea otters float above the kelp forest, pelicans and other seabirds hunt for food via spectacular dives, and the world’s largest mammals traveling along the famed Central California Whale Trail, a series of viewing platforms enhanced with spotting scopes and annotated identification signs. Read the full article on SF Gate.