Highway 1 Closed Overnight

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Highway 1 Closed Overnight

Night scene in a deserted beach with a crescent moonPlan Ahead to Prevent Travel Delays on Your Trip to Cambria

If you’re heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria during the late night hours. While you’re sleeping – from 10 pm to 7am –Caltrans will be busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 between Ragged Point and Gorda will be closed overnight (10 pm to 7 am) Sunday nights through Friday mornings tentatively through the end of November. Highway 1 will be open from Friday morning through Sunday night for weekend travelers who prefer to drive at night. Cambria is still easily accessible 24/7 for people taking Highway 46 or Highway 1 from the south, and from the north between 6 am and 6 pm. You don’t have to cancel your Central Coast vacation – just be sure to plan ahead. If you are planning to travel at night, be sure to make alternate route plans to avoid any unexpected delays. For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website here.

Cambria – The Ideal Spot for a Family-Friendly Vacation

Summer is winding down and the kids are getting ready to return to school. With lots of family-friendly activities, Cambria is the perfect place to bring the family for an end of summer vacation! From exploring tide pools while learning about our diverse ecosystem to taking a step back in time as you tour the historic Hearst Castle to becoming a citizen scientist at the Coastal Discovery Center, the Central Coast is filled with family-friendly activities with an educational twist.

Whether you’re into science, history, art or the environment, Cambria has activities that appeal to everyone, providing the perfect backdrop for your family vacation. Here are some ideas for educational and family-friendly activities.

 

nancymckarneyTide Pooling in Cambria

Cambria’s rocky coastline features some of the best tide pooling spots in California. This wild stretch of the Central California Coast is teeming with marine life as creatures thrive in this lush coastal environment. Cambria’s Moonstone Beach offers a wide variety of types that support many different species of animals and marine life. This oceanic wonderland is filled with sea anemones, spiny sea urchins, snails, mussels, crabs, starfish and more.

The large bolder and rocky outcrops that form surge channels, crevices and cracks are home to sea stars, mussels, limpets and other marine animals that can withstand the crashing waves. The flatter areas have small pools that are inhabited by creatures that prefer less wave action, such as small anemones, crabs and snails. This diversity of dwelling places offer niches for nearly every kind of coast-dweller.

Cambria’s tide pools are great place to get a unique glimpse into the underwater world and our fragile eco system. The scenic Moonstone Beach Boardwalk provides easy access to these rocky pools that are the habitat of thousands of sea creatures.

 

hearstTour the Legendary Hearst Castle…A Museum Like No Other

Take a tour of the legendary Hearst Castle, the magnificent 250,000-acre estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Originally known as “Camp Hill,” Hearst used the property as a campsite for family and friends but envisioned “more comfortable” accommodations. Working with famed San Francisco architect Julia Morgan, Hearst began to build this fabulous estate on ranchland overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919. Hearst told Morgan, “Miss Morgan, we are tired of camping out in the open at the ranch in San Simeon and I would like to build a little something.”

By 1947, he and Morgan had created an estate with 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways – an American castle that was destined to become one of the world’s greatest showplaces. Eventually Hearst renamed the hilltop La Cuesta Encantada – The Enchanted Hill. This living museum showcases Hearst’s superb European and Mediterranean art collection which occupies almost every inch of the historic castle. Hearst’s personal collection of ancient art, sculptures, furniture, relics and more still rivals the museums of today. Located just 6 miles from Cambria, Hearst Castle is open for tours daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Reservations are recommended.

 

discoveryBecome a Citizen Scientist at the Coastal Discovery Center

The Coastal Discovery Center is an environmental and nature center operated by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks. It offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the region’s natural and cultural treasures and the role sanctuaries, parks and the public play in protecting these treasures for future generations. Visitors will find interactive exhibits and educational programs about watersheds, deep sea voyages, elephant seals, tide pools, and other wildlife.

From historical to environmental exhibits, the Coastal Discovery Center gives visitors a glimpse into our past and the region’s rich natural resources. Travel back in time as you learn about the Native Americans who inhabited the area almost 10,000 years ago. Discover our fascinating maritime history, including the 1,276 shipwrecks and the Japanese sub that was torpedoed just off the coast of Cambria. Explore the incredible marine life that inhabits the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, from the smallest plankton to migrating mammals. Become a citizen scientist as you help collect valuable samples and oceanographic data that is used as part of ongoing research project. The Coastal Discovery Center, open year-round and free to the public, is a great way to get an in-depth view into our natural history and the efforts to preserve this coastal gem.

Cambria News Round-Up: July 2

 

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It’s time for another Cambria News Round-Up! A lot of great articles and blogs have been published since our last round-up, all of which have common themes: beaches, tranquility, and road trip detours. If you are looking for suggestions of what to do when you get to Cambria, these articles will give you plenty!

At the end of June, Huffington Post named California’s Highway 1 as one of the 5 Best Coastal Drives In the World. IN THE WORLD!!! Not only are we excited about that, they also mention Cambria as one of the must-stop detours.

World travelers Laurence and Jessica of Finding the Universe spent a weekend in Cambria and laid out a detailed itinerary that anyone can follow. Whether you are looking for a vacation the whole family can enjoy or a romantic getaway for you and your sweetie, this blog shares everything you need to know.

Cambria was also mentioned as a perfect Babymoon Destination. If you are not familiar with the term “babymoon” here’s the definition from Google: A relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born. Expecting a baby? Book your babymoon vacation after you take a peek at Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine’s article here.

For those who are trying to escape the busy city life, San Diego Reader suggests finding quietude in Cambria: “…Cambria feels like a Cape Cod seaside resort; the vibe here can only be expressed as utter tranquility.”

 

See more Cambria mentions below.

Supersized by Traverse

A Little Gem On the California Coast by Mom Like That

5 Alternative Stops on the California Highway 1 by One Girl: One World

10 Things to See and Do on California’s Central Coast by Ordinary Traveler

Hidden Gems Along California’s Central Coast by Beverly Mann, Epoch Times

My Love Affair with Cambria by Marina Gaytan, Visalia Times-Delta

Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.