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Plan ahead: Highway 1 is currently closed both north and south of Big Sur and Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge will remain closed. Updates: here
Welcome to California’s Central Coast

The Original Road Trip

Head out on The Original Road Trip and explore California’s Central Coast— 350 miles of the world’s most beautiful coastline. This incomparable region stretches from Ventura just north of Los Angeles to Santa Clara south of San Francisco. Discover the Central Coast to find a true California vacation, complete with coastal roads, Pacific sunsets, national and state parks, world-class wine regions, and classic beach towns.


Recommended Road Trips

A Perfect Drive Along California's Central Coast

A drive along the Pacific Coast Highway has been called the quintessential California experience and the way to discover one of the most scenic coastlines on the planet.

The classic drive north or south along the Pacific Coast Highway is more than a vacation... it is The Original Road Trip.
"The family road trip is an American right of passage and there is no more scenic and interesting a place than California’s Central Coast."

A Family Road Trip

Whether it is beachside camping or luxury family resorts this is a vacation the whole family can enjoy and cherish.


Discover the Best of the Central Coast

Something for Everyone

Discover Santa Maria Valley.

7 Hidden Gems of the Santa Maria Valley

Santa Maria Valley is world famous for its Santa Maria Style barbeque. Ronald Reagan was an avid fan. But the valley has more to offer than just BBQ so get fired up and check out these hidden gems.


Historic Sites

People have been visiting California's Central Coast for five centuries. Discover some of the state's most important historic sites and original roads as part of your own Original Road Trip.

Follow the trail of hundreds of years of California history.
What is your favorite adventure?

Outdoor Adventures

Whether you're looking to hit the trail, get on the water, or simply contemplate the magnificent coastline, here are some amazing places to choose your own outdoor adventure on the Central Coast.


Road Trip With The Kids

Discover kid-friendly farms, trains, beaches, parks, aquariums and zoos, not to mention classic boardwalk attractions including arcades and roller coasters, and make a family road trip to remember.


Barbecue Joints

For those whose ultimate California road trip passes through Kansas City, Memphis, Texas and the Carolina-style barbecue, we've got you covered. But whatever you do, don't miss Central Coast's barbecue!