Connecting LA to San Francisco the Central Coast is not only the transition between Northern and Southern California; it is the heart of California. It is 350 miles packed with marine life, dune exploration, kayaking, horseback riding, snorkeling, diving, surfing, beach combing, and hiking; an outdoor exploration paradise. Even though a road trip along scenic Highway 1 is the star attraction, be sure to wander inland to see the unique forests, wineries, and parks where few tourists go.
Among the adventure you’ll find rich history and a surprising wine culture. Franciscan missionaries were the first to make wine locally in the 1770’s, and the tradition continues through the centuries. The entire Central Coast is a prime area for producing wines with the majority of the vineyards found in the valleys that open up to the Pacific.
The Central Coast offers a rare range of environments from uninhabited coastal cliffs and forests, to Mediterranean like seaside towns and cities. You can even get a glimpse of what California used to be like thousands of years ago when there were no people or development by visiting the spectacular and little known Channel Islands National Park.
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