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California’s Rugged Central Coast

View of San Francisco from Twin Peaks. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

California has one of the prettiest coast lines in the world.  From Los Angeles heading north, Jaunt TV explore to central coast on a road trip.

Downtown Santa Barbara. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Santa Barbara is a city of Spanish Colonial heritage.  Red-roofed Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings dot the downtown while the sun beams on the expansive beaches.

Moreton Fig in Santa Barbara. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

The city is home to the largest Ficus Moreton Bay Fig Tree dating back to 1876.

Santa Barbara Mission. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

The historic Santa Barbara mission, founded in 1786, houses Franciscan friars and a museum.

Eberle Winery Paso Robles. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Paso Robles is known for its wineries. The Eberle Winery is one with a vast vineyard and an underground cellar.  The charming town has a central park with picnic stops and the town is loaded with shops and dining.

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

Big Sur is home to one of California’s most photographed bridges, the Bixby Bridge, memorable for its open-spandrel arches and magnificent setting.

McKay Waterfall Big Sur. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Keep driving past notable hotels to make your way to the McWay waterfall. The 80-foot-tall waterfall flows year-round, and during high tide, is a tide fall, a waterfall that empties directly into the ocean.

Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey may be most known for its Monterey Bay Aquarium with thousands of animals and plants on display, but it was made famous by novelist John Steinbeck in Cannery Row.  Old sardine-packing factories are now a popular stretch of gift shops and seafood restaurants.

Carmel-by-the-Sea. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a 100-year-old charming one mile square community on California’s Monterey Peninsula.  It’s full of Hugh Comstock fairytale architecture cottages with charming art galleries, high-end shops, eateries and beautiful scenery.   The area is rich in animal life and there is stunning scenic bluff with a path.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Photo by Angela Fairhurst

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a 40-acre redwood grove with the only remaining old-growth trees in the Santa Cruz area.  It’s a perfect place to a hike and explore the old train trestle bridge among the huge trees.

 

 

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