Top Spots

La Purisima Trail

Lompoc, California

3.35 mi / 161 ft gain

La Purisma Mission State Park

Lompoc, California

3.97 mi / 381 ft gain

Beach Hike to Point Conception Lighthouse

Lompoc, California

4.0
10 mi / 100 ft gain

Camp and Surf Jalama Beach

Lompoc, California

4.5

Orcutt Hill Trails

Orcutt, California

3.13 mi / 344 ft gain

Hike or Trail Run the Rice Ranch Trail

Orcutt, California

4.0
3.2 mi / 400 ft gain

Rice Ranch Trail

Orcutt, California

3.2 mi / 423 ft gain

East La Cuesta Loop

Santa Maria, California

3.74 mi / 607 ft gain

Cycle the Palmer and Cat Canyon Roads in Santa Maria Valley

Santa Maria, California

30 mi

Places to stay

Buellton, California

Private Cottage on Vineyard w/ Loft & Hill Views

From $138 / night

561 Victorian Court, California

5 Mins to Beach! Arroyo Grande Home with Hot Tub

From $205 / night

Oceano, California

Oceano Getaway with Large Deck | Walk to Beach!

From $127 / night

Oceano, California

Airy Beach Home w/ Ocean Views, Balcony & Patio

From $212 / night

Oceano, California

Oceanfront Home w/ Direct Beach Access

From $307 / night

Oceano, California

Pacific Plaza Resort | Top-Floor | Steps to Beach

From $140 / night

Guides and stories

West Coast Roadtrip down Highway 101

Michael Fricke

A Solo Woman's Escape to Santa Maria Valley

Kristi Teplitz

Velo Vino: 30 Miles of Cycling Perfection through the Santa Maria Wine Country

Josiah Roe

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