Monterey Bay Aquarium: One of the Best Aquariums in the World

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, located on California’s Central Coast, is widely regarded as one of the best aquariums in the entire world. I haven’t been to them all of course, but I can easily say that the Monterey Bay Aquarium is the best I have been to. While it can be pricey for a family, […]

Lizard Mouth Rock in Santa Barbara

Located in the hills above Santa Barbara, this short trail takes you to a rock that looks like a lizard’s mouth. Whether or not it really looks like one is up for debate, but that is the name given to this rock formation, and it is a fun short hike in the area with great […]

Cerro San Luis: Hiking “Madonna Mountain” in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is a fun town located between the coastal communities of Pismo Beach and Morro Bay. It is a great spot to spend a few days with lots of shopping and places to explore like the Gum Wall, Madonna Inn and Bishop’s Peak. On a recent trip, we decided to hike to Cerro San […]

Hoagies Sandwiches & Grill in Pismo Beach

It’s hard for me to not go to Splash Cafe when I am in Pismo Beach, but Hoagies is good enough that I often make the exception. Home of the Pismo Wrap, which is the popular item to get here, there is a menu full of seafood and bbq related dishes. Do note though that it […]

Sea Otter Inn on Cambria’s Moonstone Beach Drive

Disclosure: This experience was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own. The coastal town of Cambria is a great place to spend a relaxing weekend on Highway 1. In my opinion, the best part of the city to stay is on Moonstone Beach Drive, which is where the Sea Otter Inn and a […]

Black Hill Trail in Morro Bay State Park

Morro Bay is one of the most beautiful spots on California’s Central Coast, with the vast Morro Rock sitting in the ocean and adding a stunning backdrop to the beaches. There are a bunch of great ways to see the rock, including walking out on the jetty and exploring Morro Strand State Beach, but one […]

Sebastian’s Cafe in San Simeon

Sebastian’s is a celebrated sandwich shop that has been in existence since the mid-1800’s and is a California registered historical landmark. This shop once fed the workers that were building Hearst Castle, and it still feeds countless travelers today. If you are driving the coast, hiking San Simeon Point or spending some time at Hearst […]

San Simeon Point Trail on the Central CA Coast

San Simeon Point is a trail that starts from the beach across the street from Hearst Castle. This beautiful area features a historic pier and a few buildings from the 1800’s as well as the stunning beach and trail to San Simeon Point. The point was once threatened to be turned into a resort and […]

Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur: Best Cafe View on the Central Coast

Nepenthe is a fantastic restaurant located along the Big Sur coastline, and the staggering views and great food have been making it a staple of Highway 1 travel for decades. I finally got a chance to visit it a little while back, and I can say that it easily lives up to the hype with […]

LouLou’s Griddle in the Middle in Monterey

LouLou’s is a fun little cafe, right on Municipal Wharf 2 in Monterey, that is a fantastic spot for a home-cooked meal for the whole family, assuming you can find a spot at the counter. Come hungry as the pancakes are bigger than the plate and you will leave full. I got a chance to check […]