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California’s Central Coast

Scenic Highway 1

California Coast at Big SurCalifornia’s Scenic Highway One from Monterey through Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo is one of the most picturesque highways the United States.

After visiting historic Monterey with its Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and Monterey Bay Aquarium be sure to drive around the Monterey Peninsula for beautiful ocean views, Victorian mansions and Monarch Butterfly winter home in Pacific Grove.
California Central Coast MapFollow Lighthouse Ave through Pacific Grove to visit historic Point Pinos Lighthouse then head south on Sunset Drive which will take you to world famous 17-Mile Drive with such well known landmarks as The Lone Cyprus and Fanshell Beach.
Along the way you'll enjoy spectacular ocean views and pass well known golf courses including The Links at Spanish Bay, Monterey Peninsula Dunes, Spyglass Hill and the Pebble Beach Golf Links before reconnecting with Highway 1.
Carmel CaliforniaStop in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a Mecca for artists, writers and actors with quaint architecture, art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants, or visit Mission Carmel or Carmel Valley, a pastoral river valley nestled into the Santa Lucia range and one of California's premier wine growing regions.
Back on Highway 1 head south through Big Sur, a 90 mile stretch of rugged, incredibly beautiful coastline stretching to San Simeon where Hearst Castle is located.
Bixby Bridge in Big SurCalifornia's first designated scenic highway, Highway 1, winds along flanked by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains on one side and the often dramatic Pacific Coast and ocean views on the other.
Historic Bixby Bridge, Point Sur Lighthouse, the redwood forests of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, numerous beaches and the Esalen Institute are just a few of the many sights to see along the way.
Morro Rock in Morro BayThe road continues to hug the coast until you reach Morro Bay shortly before Highway 1 meets Interstate 101 at San Luis Obispo. One of California's oldest cities, the San Luis Obispo County Seat got its start when Father Junipero Serra founded Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in 1772.
Follow the links above to tour California's Central Coast. Learn about tours originating in San Francisco, including a day tour to Monterey and Carmel.
Tour more exciting places on including San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, the Wine Country, London, New York City, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Anglees and San Diego by following the links at the top of every page on

   Monterey and Monterey Bay
   Pacific Grove & 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach
   Carmel-By-the-Sea and Mission Carmel
   Big Sur
   Morro Bay
   San Luis Obispo

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