Road Trip to Paso Robles

Paso Robles Road Sign

My favorite road trip escape is the rolling wine country of Paso Robles, California

I call it “my happy place.” 

This sleepy, more-Western-than-thou landscape is set halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and makes a great getaway on its own or as part of a journey around the state’s Central Coast. 

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TWT Travel Binder: California

I live in California and love it dearly.  

I’m based in Los Angeles, but gravitate repeatedly to the gorgeous center of the state. 

California is almost a country unto itself, and full of adventures.

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two” to California.

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Central California: Big Sur

Just another overlook in Big Sur

Big Sur, 300 miles/5 hours from LA and the northernmost point of Central California, is flat out gorgeous. Scattered along a precarious cliff’s edge overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, the battle here is to keep your eyes on Highway 1 and away from the incredible views.

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Central California: San Simeon

Elephant seal at Piedras Blancas

San Simeon itself, four 1/2 hours north of LA and just a bit north of Cambria along Highway 1, is famous for two things:

The wealthy excess of a powerful man — and the love of seals.

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Central California: Cambria

Santa Rosa Creek Road, Cambria

30 miles north of San Luis Obispo and 10 minutes past Exit 46 for Paso Robles off Highway 1, you’ll find the lovely small town of Cambria.

A former dairy and timber hub for industrial-era San Francisco, it was re-discovered by Bay Area artists, actors, and farmers in the late 1960s; it now hosts some beautiful craft galleries, a very good restaurant or two, a spot of tea, a fabulous garden store, a sparkling stretch of beach, and a perfect country drive.

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