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PLACES TO STAY
$= less than $80 per night
$$= $80-$150 per night
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WINE & FOOD
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THINGS TO DO
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ARTS & CULTURE IN THE CENTRAL COAST

Even though it has no major cities, the Central Coast boasts a vibrant cultural life. The region is home to nine of California’s 21 missions and such historic sites as Monterey’s Cannery Row and Santa Paula’s California Oil Museum. The contemporary arts scene includes leading museums and major galleries from Santa Barbara to Carmel, as well as performing arts venues where you can catch celebrated musicians in concert, or professional theater productions. 

California Central Coast Arts & Culture Listings

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce offers the most up-to-date travel information.
Marine life education center and touch tanks located in Avila Beach.
A charming and unique store that carries only local Ventura County products.
The Buellton Visitors Bureau is open 7 days a week for your convenience.
A splendid natural setting with small town charm.
Host to a huge variety of plants & animals and more than 100 historic shipwrecks
Paso Robles has an authentic California experience to share with you.
Located within walking distance to the downtown historic Pacific Grove.
A great spot for fishing, watching commercial fishing and dining.
Historic House Museum and CA State Park unit.
Step back in time in Heritage Valley, along Highway 126 in rural Ventura County.
World famous steaks and seafood are the staples for the original Hitching Post.
Lompoc - the City of Arts & Flowers
Visit the most extensively restored mission in California.
Located in downtown Ventura, the ninth of California's 21 missions.
Historic site in Carmel, with beautiful scenery.
Explore the wonders of the beautiful mission, over 200 years old.
The fifth mission, includes a public plaza built along San Luis Obispo Creek.
Queen of the Missions, offering self-guided tours daily.
Historical Mission, which commands a superb view of the Santa Ynez River Valley.
Monterey County the greatest meeting of Land and Sea on the Pacific Coast of USA
Working harbor on Monterey Bay with many sightseeing and fishing vessels.
Literary museum dedicated to Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.
Casual yet classy. Artsy and eclectic. Romantic and rejuvenating.
Old Orcutt is a unique destination for shopping, dining wine tasting and Spas.
A nostalgic home to many cultural attractions, museums, galleries and dining.
A historic Inn and Steakhouse located in the heart of Paso Robles wine country.
Outstanding sightseeing - this area contains headlands, coves and rolling meadow
A working, deep water harbor between Los Angeles and the San Francisco.
Return to Freedom, American Wild Horse Sanctuary
Wild horse sanctuary offers tours, retreats, photo safaris, & volunteer programs
See towering redwood trees from two historic railroads.
A must-see attraction! Tour through Air Force One, view replica of Oval Office!
The localís guide to everything Salinas: Visitor Information Center, & tours.
A living museum preserving many rare plants in a beautiful setting.
Explore Santa Barbara history at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Park.
More than 500 animals are exhibited in open habitats.
Experience the quintessential California vacation in Santa Cruz County!
The Santa Maria Valley boasts world-famous barbecue, agriculture and arts.
Exceptional live theatre in an outdoor setting of unparalleled beauty.
Offers numerous marine exhibits, aquariums and a view of the local sea life.
Ventura Harbor, where visitors can relax in a sun kissed oceanfront playground.
Ventura-A relaxed escape in a spectacular coastal setting.
Beach, bike path along scenic cliffs and famous surfing location.
The Wildling Art Museum is dedicated to the art of America's wilderness.