Malibu Creek State Park is the premier nature wonderland of the Santa Monica Mountains. Grasslands, oak woodlands and rolling hills make up more than 8,000 acres of scenic beauty. The area was once home to the Native American Chumash who had a village here called Talepop. Paramount Pictures & 20th Century Fox both used the area for filming including M*A*S*H & The Planet of the Apes. Hiking trails of every length wind through canyons covered in wildflowers each Spring.
Jalama Road is a 14 mile Scenic Byway between Lompoc and the ocean. The road winds through rolling hills that are a brilliant green in the winter and golden in the summer. Oak groves dot the slopes to provide shade and a haven for wildlife. At the end is the secluded Jalama Beach where you will feel worlds away to discover a pristine coast.
Seaview Park in Laguna Niguel offers breathtaking views of the Laguna Coast and San Joaquin Hills at Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park. A trail leading down to Aliso Peak offers even more coastal views of Laguna Beach. On a clear day, views of Rancho Palos Verdes, Catalina Island and the Santa Ana Mountains to the east make it a great spot to watch the sunset.
Black Hill is a 665 foot mountain vista in Morro Bay State Park on the Central Coast along Morro Bay Lagoon. The hill provides a 360 degree view of San Luis Obispo county including the lagoon, ocean, Santa Lucia Mountain Range and the rolling green foothills. It is one of the famous 'Nine Sisters' volcano plugs in San Luis Obispo which formed over 20 million years ago. At a half mile round trip hike, this short hike boasts an incredibly memorable view.
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park preserves 7,000 acres of coastal park in the San Joaquin Hills. These coastal canyons contain a variety of endangered sage scrub, cactus and bird species. The beautiful hills provide miles and miles of trails and provide the perfect opportunity to explore Orange County as it once looked for thousands of years before development.
Cayucos on the Central Coast is known as the last of the California beach towns. With a population just under three thousand, this quiet beach town is a friendly retreat. Historic buildings with shops and restaurants line the beach while rolling green hills drop to the shore and delight the soul. Time has stopped here and worries are no more.