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A Few Must-See Towns on the Coast Central California

Updated on June 17, 2011
Yes, this place is real!
Yes, this place is real!

I will never forget my vacation across northern California. As we drove by I could not help but keep my eyes glued to the windows and mesmerized by the beauty of it all. It was relaxing, and fresh. I was never unhappy- nomatter what came in my way. Someday I want you to expirience this wonderful place, as everyone should!

Winchester Mystery House
Winchester Mystery House

San Jose

I started my Vacation of a lifetime flying into San Jose, where it was about midnight. I can't sleep on airplanes so I gladly made my way to a cheap motel to spend the night. I wasn't sure what was ahead of me on this adventure, but I sure was excited!

I woke up clueless of what to do that day. I got some brochures and headed down to the Winchester House, hopefully for a tour.

The winchester Mystery House was a house built by Sarah Winchester after her husband and child died. It contains over 160 rooms, including a staircase to the ceiling and a door to nowhere. It is like a maze, and if you don't stay with the tour guide you would probably be lost for hours!

After the fantastic Winchester House I made my was to downtown San Jose, it was a wonderful shopping expirience and very fun. Everyone was happy, and there was a nice fresh environment... I loved it!

Napa Valley
Napa Valley

Napa Valley

Next on my trip I headed to a magnificent land. The Napa Valley is a place of wonder, beauty, and wine! Its rolling, bright pastel-green hills that slope and roll on forever and ever... The hillside is dotted with Wineries and grapes.

I visited Summers Estate Wines and had a wonderful time. Their was a view, a poorch, and most importantly it was quiet! The workers were friendsly and helpful and the wine was absolutely de-lish! There are plently other wineries to choose have fun!

Close-up Morro Rock
Close-up Morro Rock
Morro Bay Sunset
Morro Bay Sunset
Otters at Morro Bay
Otters at Morro Bay

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a town you will never forget. It's cute, and has quite an amount of Sea Food! The best part of Morro Bay is the giant rock that is an almost-perfect half circle. It is in the middle of the Bay, and the first thing you see when you get to Morro Bay. It is unique and exciting.

Next to the big rock is a family of otters. They are always in that little area, and they are the absolute cutest! If you go out there, you are almost garunteed to see them. But you will also seen the seagulls swarming your car.

Morro Bay is a cute ocean-side town. It is fun and laidback. there is always something to do. The rock is very interesting. It sticks out and I promise you will never forget it!

The beach where the elephant seals come
The beach where the elephant seals come
The Hearst Castle
The Hearst Castle


Cambria is my favorite town along northern California. It is placed in rolling hills of perfect green, next to a rocky ocean and the Hearst Castle. It also has the best italian restaraunt you will probably ever go to. It was ´╗┐called Lombard's Pasta Pizza and it was to die for.

The Hearst Castle is a place of beauty. It is magnificent and welcoming. It is a place you will never forget. the buildings are all intricate, with every detail in place. To give you and idea of how big it is, it has 56 bedrooms, 41 fireplaces, 61 bathrooms, and 19 sitting rooms. The creator, William Hearst became famous in the entertainment buisness. He was also a collector of unique arts seen nowhere else.

You will also see elephant seals in Cambria. Drive north from Cambria toward San Simeon and the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Look for signs pointing toward elephant seal viewing parking areas. You may see dead pups or males fighting, so be prepared. The seals are huge in size and very fun to watch.


Purple Sand
Purple Sand
Big Sur Coastline
Big Sur Coastline

Big Sur

Big Sur is a small town, but the beaches and views along Highway 1 are amazing. Take a guided hike, or hike on your own. They are very fun and breathtaking. I only spent a little while in Big Sur, But I will never forget it.

While your in Big Sur make sure to visit Pfeiffer Beach. The most interesting part about it is that is has purple sand. The views are also wonderful. Prepare for winds, don't swim, and check the tides before you go.

18 mile drive
18 mile drive


Monterey is a cute, fun oceanside town. It is famous for the Monterey Bay aquarium and Cannery Row, all for good reason. If your a tourist and into buying things, this is the place to be! It is also famous for the 18-mile-drive which has mostly rich people homes and some pretty views.

Cannery Row has the cutest restaraunts and best stores around. It has every food you want from Candy shops to Italian Restaraunts. The stores will force you to spend hours upon hours shopping.

Montarey Bay aquarium is small but fun to visit. The creatures are all unique, and there is alot to learn. If you go in the school year, avoid going weekdays or school hours, as it will be packed with school kids on field trips.

Any other Great Towns along Californias central Coast? You say them, I will add them! Thanks for reading.


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      5 years ago from Austin, TX

      Thanks also for the very informative and entertaining article. California indeed has many scenic and diverse spots. I would plan for a weekend trip there someday. Up, awesome, beautiful.

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      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      Planning an emergency road trip tomorrow so thanks for the info.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Lots of good suggestions here. I love Morrow Bay. Actually I love all of California to visit. There is no other place like it. Great job and voted UP.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is a great hub! I like the pictures and you gave very good information. I would love to travel to the coast, maybe someday! Voted up and useful! :)

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      6 years ago

      FishAreFriends: This is a wonderfully organized telling of your visit which you do so well that I feel as though I'm there. Your suggestions are excellent in covering everything - architecture, beaches, food, land and sea scape, shopping, and wine - which can make or break time off.

      Thank you, and voted up etc.,


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      7 years ago

      Very well written hub with interesting information. Nice selection of photos too! Nice work. I plan on traveling this way soon and the information you provided is most helpful. You have a nice writing style by the way!

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Yes! As a native Californian, I think this is one of the best parts of the state.

      Too many people think CA is just Los Angeles and San Francisco.

      Also in the area you described, on the coast but off the beaten path is Cayucos, beautiful beach, lots of antique shops and surprisingly 'backward'.

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      7 years ago from Colorado

      I never saw the zebra, but it sounded cool. I love this area. Your very lucky you can live near there, Bretsuki. Thank You!

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      William Elliott 

      7 years ago from California USA

      Hello FishAreFriends, Great hub. I live about three hours drive from this part of the coast. I particularly love the area between Big Sur and Morro Bay. As you say lots of good sea food in Morro Bay. I can also recommend Linns Bakery in Cambria for a nice Ollolaberry Pie. Their fine dining menu is a great treat for a special date too.

      If you are in the area I agree a trip to the Elephant seal rookery near San Simeon is well worth a stop. Also keep an eye out for wild zebra near Hearst Castle, they are decendants of a herd brought from Africa by William Randolph Hearst.

      Again great hub.


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