Routes & Roadtrips

6 Sights to See from Your Seat

The Central Coast is known for its stunning views, whether it’s through our scenic seaside towns or driving along the ocean on iconic Highway 1. Whether you’re ready to pack your suitcase, or just hit the road for the day, the Coast is calling your name. Begin and end your road trip in Cambria as you visit these six sights from your seat that are a must-see.

Cycling Route: Avila Beach

This century route is all about endurance, but features plenty of fun stops to keep things interesting. After a ride south from Cambria down the coast, you’ll hit a brief incline right before it’s time to stop for activities. There is a lot to see and do in Avila Beach, so head out early and …

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Cycling Route: Silver Peak

Named for the Silver Peak Wilderness that encompasses much of this stretch of Highway 1, this route truly has it all. From unique beaches and vistas to unconventional food, this route is designed to push you out of your comfort zone, both on and off the bike. The best time of year to take on …

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Cycling Route: Ragged Point

From San Simeon to Ragged Point and back, this 37-mile ride will take you on Highway 1 past notable landmarks, challenging hills, and stunning views. It features some of the historic points for which San Simeon and Ragged Point are best known: Hearst Castle, the elephant seals, the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, the San Simeon Pier, …

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Cycling Route: Green Valley Loop

As a sister route to the Santa Rosa Creek Route, this route completes the connection from Santa Rosa Creek Road all the way to Highway 46, then heads back to Cambria. You’ll be met with some steep climbs on Santa Rosa Creek past Jackson Gate, but your hard work will be rewarded with famously beautiful …

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Cycling Route: Santa Rosa Creek

This 22-mile out-and-back route heads inland from Cambria, stopping at a couple of local farms and one of Cambria’s estate vineyards. Santa Rosa Creek Road is windy and rugged, following the meandering creek. There aren’t any steep inclines, just a gentle climb as you weave through the hills. This route will allow you to discover …

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Cycling Route: Cayucos Loop

This 47-mile looping route mixes wine and culture with winding roads and challenging inclines—a few of a cyclist’s favorite things. After a somewhat arduous trip out of Cambria on Santa Rosa Creek Road, you’ll get a dose of the coastline from Cayucos back to Cambria on Highway 1. Throughout your journey, you’ll stop at local …

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Cycling Route: Highway 46

This route extends the Santa Rosa Creek Route all the way to Highway 46 for some meandering turns and challenging inclines. Start out with coffee in town and end with a healthy, nourishing lunch right across the street. In between, you’ll meet some steep climbs at the end of Santa Rosa Creek Road—but then, you’ll …

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