This route is the perfect blend of natural beauty and classic beach town ambiance. The 100-mile loop to Avila Beach and back is a great way to get a taste of the coast. Take a break in Morro Bay and check out the awe-inspiring Morro Rock, then head to a delicious lunch at the Ocean Grill in Avila.
Points of Interest:
- Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is home to a number of endangered species and species of special concern, but the most outstanding natural feature is the dramatic ocean bluff that runs more than a mile along the shoreline of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Ranch features eight trail entrances that meander through 437 acres of protected forest, riparian habitat and grasslands. Springtime offers an abundance of wildflowers.
- Morro Bay State Park
Morro Bay State Park features a lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay’s most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching.
- Bob Jones Trail
Enjoy this City to the Sea bike trail that follows the Pacific Coast Railroad along the San Luis Obispo Creek to Avila Beach. This trail is great for walking, skating, and biking as it will take you through lush landscapes and garden, following a meandering stream.
- Ocean Grill Avila Beach
California coastal cuisine tastes better when you’re eating it just steps from the beach. Ocean views, an impressive wine selection, and lunch and dinner all week long—you can’t go wrong with this slight detour from your route. www.oceangrillavila.com