San Luis Obispo County's Stretch of Highway 1

Wide Open, Untamed, and Ready to Explore

Imagine the road trip of your life, gliding past uncrowded beaches and wine grapes ripening in the sun. California dreaming? Think again.

Highway 1 is the most iconic roadway in California, but not all sections are created equal. The length that passes along the coast through San Luis Obispo County (known as SLO CAL) brims with the best of the Highway 1 experience. And as the gateway to Big Sur, this SLO CAL stretch is well within reach.

What sets us apart? One-hundred miles of Pacific coastline, half of which are protected. A national marine sanctuary and a national estuary. Thirteen state parks. An elephant seal rookery and Monarch butterfly preserves. A Scenic Byway designation from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Two historic lighthouses and five historic piers. The only drivable beach in California. Centuries-old forests. Hundreds of acres of coastal vineyards. Uncrowded white sand beaches. History and heritage at every turn with nine locales on the National Register. And Hearst Castle, a hilltop beauty that is a State and National Historic Landmark.

And that’s just the beginning.

Bury your toes in the sand and get to know the locals. Indulge in farm-fresh and ocean-fresh cuisine, and wines from family-owned vineyards. Glimpse abundant wildlife and historic wonders, all in the comfort of a laid-back culture and picture-perfect climate.

Want to plan the road trip of a lifetime? Follow your curiosity to our SLO CAL stretch of Highway 1, and let the wonder begin.

See the reviews

  • star rating  I have done this drive many times. The views are spectacular (if the fog isn’t in) and there limitless places to stop, gawk, walk, hike & picnic. ... read more

    avatar thumb sharrongeg
    November 16, 2022

    star rating  Some hair pin turns but the greatest views in the U..S.
    And I was in.a German car with new Pirelli tires. Really some tight squeezes.
    Next time I'll stop... read more

    RSM123123
    September 30, 2022

    star rating  Stopped at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park just to take the edge off driving all day. A little meander down to the creek turned into a two hour hike... read more

    carol_oceanhills
    August 28, 2022

    star rating  Not to be Missed Drive... Drove highway one from Carmel By the sea all the way down to Malibu on my way to LA.
    Many pull overs along the... read more

    Robert N
    August 21, 2022
  • star rating  Many interesting sights, good hiking, parks, cute towns to explore. Beautiful ocean views and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

    Sggypsy
    July 30, 2022

    star rating  We traveled Highway 1 up the coastline and the views and vistas are stunning, if you get a chance to even drive a short bit of HWY 1 you should.... read more

    GitchSup
    May 30, 2022

    star rating  This is a gorgeous area of the California coast line. Filled with wildlife and beautiful views you will not regret cruising through the local towns. There is low... read more

    Connie F
    February 2, 2022

    star rating  Fantastic views all along the road with several interesting stops along the way, Don't forget to stop at the sea lions.

    mukimoderno
    July 12, 2021
  • star rating  I have done countless beautiful road trips. This one was a true wow. You absolutely must take it if the following do not bother you. You cannot be on a... read more

    Jill J
    June 30, 2021

    star rating  so pretty. this place is really one of a kind. the view is simply breath taking. Great opportunities for photos

    deborabQ4619MG
    March 20, 2021

    star rating  Traveling on a Convertible road trip with family. On our way from SLO to Hearst Castle, stopped along the way. Absolutely Beautiful.

    davidpC5228WJ
    October 22, 2020

    star rating  I'm born and raised in California and don't drive this scenic route as often as I should. The California coastline is beautiful and unlike any other drive in CA.... read more

    Adina Morano E
    August 6, 2020

Destinations

Get to know our beach towns and vineyard-framed villages.

Upcoming Events

Your next adventure awaits

  • Jan
    26
    SLO County Culinary Celebration
    January 02 to January 31, 2023
    SLO County
    SLO County Restaurant Month celebrates the culinary talents and local cuisine of more than 40 area restaurants.
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  • Jan
    26
    Seeds: Nature’s Artful Engineering Exhibit
    October 18, 2022 to February 23, 2023
    Morro Bay
    Exhibition highlighting the diversity of native California plants comes to the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History
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  • Jan
    27
    Cambria Annual Art & Wine Festival
    January 27 to January 29, 2023
    Cambria

    Three days of art and wine pleasures in the beautiful villages of Cambria.

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  • Jan
    27
    Nature Nights at the SLO Botanical Garden
    November 11, 2022 to March 19, 2023
    San Luis Obispo
    The event will feature large format light projections throughout the eight-acre portion of the 150-acre Garden.
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  • Jan
    28
    Yoga on the Terrace at SLO Botanical Garden
    December 03, 2022 to January 28, 2023
    From: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
    San Luis Obispo
    A series of Asana Poses, Breathwork and Full Body Meditation, to get you connected with your love for yourself in a fun and expressive class.
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  • Jan
    31
    Storytime in the Garden
    December 06, 2022 to January 31, 2023
    From: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    San Luis Obispo
    The perfect biweekly event to get the kids out into nature, nourishing their minds and soul.
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  • Feb
    7
    Garden Founder Walk and Talk
    December 06, 2022 to March 07, 2023
    From: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    San Luis Obispo
    Have you ever wondered how the garden beds were initially prepared, what the irrigation schedule is or pretty much anything about any of the plants?
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  • Feb
    8
    Cambria Film Festival
    February 08 to February 12, 2023
    Cambria
    The Cambria Film Festival will include a few favorite full-length films from previous decades as well as brand new features and shorts.
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  • Feb
    11
    Huell Howser Memorial Nature Walk at Oso Flaco
    February 11, 2023
    From: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Arroyo Grande
    Walk from the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center along Oso Flaco Lake's 2½ mile boardwalk to the Pacific Ocean and view first-hand the first blushes of spring as the native flora and fauna emerge from winter's rest. 
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  • Feb
    12
    Montaña de Oro State Park & Trail Restoration Days
    October 29, 2022 to February 12, 2023
    Los Osos
    Visitors and local residents are invited to join the popular trail work days throughout the year, including Super Bowl Sunday.
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  • Feb
    23
    BlendFest on the Coast
    February 23 to February 26, 2023
    Cambria
    Visitors to the coastal Highway 1 towns of Cambria and San Simeon have an opportunity to participate in this popular event that focuses on blending wines from nearby Paso Robles. 
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  • Feb
    24
    Los Osos
    Pianist John Novacek leads a Notable Insight focusing on his own work for piano, cello and clarinet called Trio Marlenita.
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Plan Your Trip

Ready to design a vacation to remember? We can’t wait to see you here.

Where To Stay

Find Your Haven

This wonder-filled stretch of Highway 1 offers a wide variety of lodging options to ensure that your stay is an enjoyable one. Choose from oceanfront property, vineyard views, family-friendly suites and private retreats. Whether you’re looking for a historic inn, vacation rental or budget hotel, the Highway 1 Discovery Route promises to provide a comfortable hideaway.

Where To Eat

Bring An Appetite

Dining on this stretch reveals our embarrassment of riches, from farm to sea. Taste seafood straight from the waves, produce dewey from the morning’s harvest, and bread still warm from the oven. From tacos in Oceano to oysters in Cambria, barbecue in Nipomo to apple pie in Avila Beach, we’ve got great taste. What’s more? We’re more than happy to share. So pull up a chair, fill your glass, and settle in for what’s sure to be a delicious stay.

Activities

Be Amazed

Let our stretch of Highway 1 astound you. Start the day off-roading on the dunes and finish with a glass of wine and vineyard view. Build sandcastles one hour and witness the decadence of a real-life castle the next. Watch whales dance offshore, then dance like a local at a street festival. The rewards are great in our neck of the woods, and they’re all yours for the taking.

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