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Mission-style architecture, fine wine and sprawling beaches characterize California’s rugged Central Coast. Without the hustle and bustle of big cities, this region lets travelers take their time as they discover Golden State treasures.


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1. Ventura

Starting Point • Food, Outdoor Recreation, Shopping

Star your trip in Ventura, the ultimate laid-back California beach town. Nestled against the Pacific coast, this underrated destination boasts scenic beaches, a charming old-town district and classic pier. Go paddle boarding in Ventura Harbor or shop along the independent boutiques and cutting-edge restaurants that line Main Street.


2. Santa Barbara

Drive 33.8 miles, 37 minutes • Food, History, Nature

Sometimes referred to as the “American Riviera,” this upscale seaside city is graced by beautiful Spanish colonial-style architecture and gorgeous, hilly scenery. Popular attractions include the 18th-century Franciscan Mission Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Dine at some of the finest restaurants in the state. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is home to more than 1,000 species of native plants.


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3. Pismo Beach

Drive 82.9 miles, 1 hour, 27 minutes • Food, Nature, Outdoor Recreation

Pismo Beach is known for its annual Clam Festival as well as scenic beaches and attractions. Make a visit to Monarch Butterfly Grove, a eucalyptus grove that’s visited by the namesake insect in late fall and throughout the winter. The town’s southern fringes run along the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, where central California’s only drive-on beach provides a magnificent setting for recreation


4. Paso Robles

Drive 43.8 miles, 45 minutes • Food, History

Wrap your trip up in Paso Robles, best known for its thriving viticulture industry. Several wineries open their doors for tasting, and travelers shouldn’t miss Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden, where flavorful vintages are served amid beautiful works of art. Learn how the West was won at the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, which features replica and original artifacts from the town’s pioneer days.


Recommended Stopovers

Vines RV Resort • Paso Robles, CA – (888)710-6552

Wine Country RV Resort • Paso Robles, CA – (888)713-0819