You could drive the 50 miles from San Luis Obispo to Ragged Point in less than an hour, but you won’t want to. Spend the weekend along Highway 1 and see what this stretch of road has to offer. Spend as much time as you like in each location and stay in any of the 7 towns along the way.
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo itself is a happening place. It’s an old mission turned college town where you can hike, mountain bike, or walk the town and take in the history sites. Grab a croissant and your favorite coffee blend at Scout Coffee. Then, stroll Mission Creek and visit the 1772 Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Take in the historic architecture and beautiful gardens.
Before leaving for your next destination, eat lunch at Taste. If you like savory food, you won’t regret it.
In this bayfront town, you can shop the famous Embarcadero district, take in the view from the easy to reach Morro Rock (581 feet above the water), head out on the water with a canoe or kayak from Kayak Horizons rentals, or visit Morro Bay State Park and its Museum of Natural History.
Budget Travel magazine has named Cayucos as the coolest small town for dining and surfing. If you’re not a surfer, you can visit the Cayucos Collective art gallery or eat at Ruddell’s Smokehouse or The Grill at Cass House. If you feel like more of a snack, stop in at the Brown Butter Cookie Company. Finally, take a walk along the coastline trails at Estero Bluffs State Park.
This old dairy town with a population of only about 18 people will be a special stop along your way. You can walk at Harmony Headlands State Park or sample wine at Harmony Cellars. They’ve been there since the late 1800s. You can also visit Harmony Glass Works and try your skills at glassblowing or browse the decorative pieces already made. Harmony Pottery Works is close by and so is Harmony Valley Creamery’s ice cream truck. The entire town is only one block, so why not see it all?
You can watch the sunset at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve or Moonstone Beach.
You won’t want to miss Hearst Castle. It’s an 80,000 square foot structure with 165 rooms. The grounds feature 123 acres of formal gardens and pools. The home is filled with antiques and priceless artwork. A guided tour will tell you all about the home’s architecture and owner.
Plan to spend at least 4 hours here between meals. It will be one of the highlights of your weekend.
San Simeon Coast and Piedras Blancas
Below Hearst Castle, you’ll find Hearst San Simeon State Park. This is the coastline where many of the antiques washed ashore. You can walk the coastline looking for sea lions, seals, and sea otters or let Kayak Cambria take you on a tour. Hike to San Simeon Point and get a tasty burger at Sebastian’s General Store. While you’re there, enjoy the tasting room of Hearst Ranch Winery.
For dinner, visit and enjoy the view at Ragged Point Restaurant 400 feet above the ocean.
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