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Enjoy the beauty of the Central Coast on the Coastal Discovery Route

Enjoy the beauty of the Central Coast on the Coastal Discovery Route
Experience the beauty of the California Coast on the Coastal Discovery Route along Highway 1. (Caron Krauch)

With 655.8 number of miles winding along the California coast on Highway 1, 101 miles of jaw-dropping stops along the way, 10 uncrowded beaches invite you to leave your shoes in the car and 12 state parks invite the explorer in you to go for a hike. For anyone looking to get away, the Coastal Discovery Route beckons.

Departing from Los Angeles traveling north, the Highway 1 Coastal Discovery Route has many reasons for a pit-stop — even when you don't need one. Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, in beautiful coastal San Luis Obispo County, awaits an amazing number of must-see and must-do destinations.

Ever seen a castle? Hearst Castle welcomes visitors from all around the world. Not too be left behind in the waves are the bountiful wine regions, and farm-to-table cuisine options to delight all your senses. Unique wildlife habitats and sights that leave a postcard in your mind, this 101-mile stretch of Highway 1 offers everything you could want for a relaxed and inspiring vacation, including 500 lodging choices.

So wherever you roam along the Highway 1 Discovery Route, you will find the best of Highway 1. Experience the Perfect 10 or learn more at