Spanning a number of lovely beach towns through Highway 1, one could spend several weeks taking in all the delightful sights on California's Central Coast. The endless number of beaches are tourist attraction enough, but along with great weather and swimming, the Central Coast has a number of particularly unique attractions. From the beautiful beaches to the rolling vineyard hills, the vistas are as stunning as the vast array of activities available for all tastes & ages. Enjoy vineyard and cave tours, or grab lunch and some wine to picnic in the vineyards at one of 200+ wineries. If wine isn’t your thing, visit the world famous Hearst Castle, the elephant seals in San Simeon, or the Farmer's Market in San Luis Obispo. Perhaps shopping for some art in the quaint artisan village of Cambria is to your liking, or maybe some beach activity is more your style. The sunsets on Moonstone, Avila and Pismo Beaches are absolutely breathtaking! No matter how you vacation, make the most of your trip, and allow TurnKey to help turn your California adventure into a cozy getaway. With all the amenities of a hotel combined with the comfortability of home, TurnKey Vacation Rentals has the solution for you!
San Simeon's Hearst Castle might be the most well-known and eye-popping mansion in the United States. The castle is most famous for its stunning architecture, including the gold glass mosaic tiles in the indoor pool, old Egyptian artifacts, and carefully crafted tapestries in the large dining room. The castle offers several different tours, each focusing on different portions of the expansive property.
Most visitors are familiar with Big Sur's amazing scenic vista viewpoints off Highway 1, but Big Sur is also home to a unique lighthouse. First completed in the late 1800s, Point Sur Lighthouse is the only complete lighthouse open for visitors. Join a tour on Wednesdays, Saturdays, or Sundays all year and witness incredible water views from the top of the 360 foot summit.
Head just a few miles away from the beach for a unique cultural experience. Known as The Danish Village, Solvang is a village designed to look and feel like a traditional community in Denmark. Take your pick from a number of delicious traditional bakeries, admire the Danish architecture and windmill, and take a ride in a horse-drawn streetcar.
Santa Barbara is a wonderful beach town that's also home to the beautiful, historical Santa Barbara Mission. Spanish Franciscans first built the mission in 1786 to establish Santa Barbara, and today it's open for viewing to the public. Take a tour to discover the beautiful church, mausoleum and cemetery, and explore the gardens.
Top wineries dot the entire Central Coast, with Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County having the largest concentration. Central Coast wineries feature delicious whites and reds and astonishing views, with the added bonus of having quieter atmospheres and lower prices than Napa Valley.
Ready for the trip of a lifetime? You'll have a wonderful time experiencing California's Central Coast!