The Best of CA Highway 1: Must-See Spots in Cambria, “One of America’s Prettiest Towns,” According to Forbes Magazine

Picture rolling hills covered with magnificent pine trees framed by the Pacific Ocean and the grand Santa Lucia Mountains. You’re imagining the quaint town of Cambria located in the Central Coast along the scenic CA Highway 1 Discovery Route. Just six miles south of Hearst Castle, Cambria is where the pines meet the sea. Antique and art shops join restaurants and a weekly farmers market offering plenty to do. Cambria invites you to lace up your hiking boots, clip into your road bike, cozy up by a fire, enjoy walks along the beach, participate in a meaningful Steward­ship Travel Activity or simply eat, drink and repeat.

Must-See Cambria – Where the Pines Meet the Sea
The entire town is a must-see destination! Don’t miss Cambria’s Historical Architecture & Gardens Loop, Beaches & Trails Loop, and Hiking Trails Loop. Be sure to check out the downloadable Cambria Discovery Route Map and the Visit Cambria app, available on Apple and Android, for a variety of things to do and see. Don’t miss Main Street in Cambria, featuring a vibrant artist community of designers, artists, and crafty people creating special treasures.

Highway 1 Road Alerts
If you’re heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, located 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. Cambria is easily accessible from Highway 101 and Highway 46. Please note that Highway 1 is still open from Morro Bay to Ragged Point. For those traveling past Ragged Point, check out these Sights to See Along the Detour.

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