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California's Central Coast

Coastal roads, picturesque beach towns, lush state parks, and rolling wine country have long captivated vacationers taking a trip to California's Central Coast. Enjoy the quintessential California's Central Coast experience by taking a family road tour along the Pacific Coast Highway and discover hidden beaches, redwood trails, and world-class wineries. For best shopping and dining options, head to Santa Barbara. Abundant marine wildlife draws nature lovers to San Simeon, a small surfing town dominated by the famous hilltop castle built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Regardless of what you decide to do on your trip to California's Central Coast, you'll remember it by the beauty of the scenery and Pacific sunsets. In the build up to your vacation in California's Central Coast, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our United States itinerary planner.
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Places to visit in California's Central Coast

MontereyTrip planner Best for: Aquarium, Scenic Drive, Dolphin / Whale Watching Santa BarbaraTrip planner Best for: Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing, Pier / Boardwalk, Architectural Building Santa CruzTrip planner Best for: Theme Park, Dolphin / Whale Watching, Beach San SimeonTrip planner Best for: Castle, Gift & Specialty Shop, Beach San Luis ObispoTrip planner Best for: Winery / Vineyard, Mission, Beer Tasting / Tour