Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, approximately a 3-4 hour drive from each, in beautiful coastal San Luis Obispo County, an amazing number of ‘must-see’ and ‘must-do’ destinations can be found along the California Highway 1 Discovery Route. With 10 uncrowded beaches, 12 state parks, the Hearst Castle, three bountiful wine regions, restaurants featuring farm-to-table cuisine, unique wildlife habitats and more, the 101-mile stretch offers the best of Highway 1. Everything you could want for a relaxed and inspiring vacation can be found here. Take an iconic road trip and enjoy breathtaking views through 10 diverse artisan towns and charismatic seaside villages along prime Pacific coastline. These scenic rural road trips are rich in character and history.
The Highway 1 Discovery Route packages 10 destinations in the Central Coast, offering 25 to 30 things to do within each community. From Ragged Point and San Simeon on the north, to Oceano and Nipomo to the south, this rural road trip connects more than 30 nonprofits and conservations, offering 70 ecotourism experiences in San Luis Obispo County.
Sands by the Sea is a perfect spot to stay while enjoying the hundreds of activities offered along this iconic route. Besides being the closest hotel to Hearst Castle, one of the most legendary buildings in the world, Sands by the Sea also provides easy access to the attractions in Cambria and Avila Beach. The bucolic scenery along Highway 1, Highway 101 and along Highway 41 and 46 ensures every mile of this journey will provide awe-inspiring moments of true relaxation and enjoyment.View our Rooms
The following links provide a glimpse into the many things to see and do along Highway 1 Discovery Route:
Cavalier is also proud to have been selected an official viewing site of The Whale Trail. To understand why this is such an honor, please enjoy the following video that features these majestic creatures and other amazing animals that inhabit the Central Coast.Learn More