North County 5 Scenic & Must See Places
Estero Bluffs State Park
Estero State Park is approximately 355 acres consisting of a grassland-dominated coastal terrace that slopes from Highway One to the Pacific Ocean. The park entails rich and diverse scenery with inter-tidal areas, wetlands, low bluffs and coastal terraces punctuated by a number of perennial and intermittent streams and pocket coves. This area provides a natural habitat for a number of endangered species including the snowy plover.
Piedras Blacas Light Station
The Piedras Blancas Light Station was completed in 1875 and has a rich maritime history. The beautiful coast along side this towering masterpiece is something that can't be missed. The light station is now under property and restoration of the Bureau of Land Management.
Montana de Oro State Park
With breathtaking views of the ocean and untouched coastline, Montana de Oro State Park is one of a kind. The park contains marine terrace bluffs, rocky coastlines and magnificent coastal mountains. It earned the name Montana de Oro, meaning "Mountain of Gold" due to its beautiful hillsides with wild flowers and plants.
State Route 46 begins at the One Highway southeast of Cambria, about one mile from the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy this scenic and breathtaking highway (but drive/bike carefully) while stopping in between a winery or two, or just cruising along to take in the rolling, majestic, green hills.
Morro Bay Rock - State Historic Landmark
Formed about 23 million years ago from the plugs of long-extinct volcanoes, Morro Rock was an important navigational aid for mariners for over 300 years. With a height of 576 feet, the rock is the most visible in the chain of nine peaks and is situated right on the beautiful coastline of Morro Bay. In 1542, Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named the rock "El Morro," meaning crown shaped hill.
Today, the Rock stands as the Morro Bay trademark and is a magnificent, Central Coast must-see. Near the rock is a great surf spot, a long and beautiful sandy beach, and on the bay's northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh and a boat harbor.