Crescent moon passes over Iconic Morro Rock during a brilliant sunset set alight by crepuscular rays shooting up from below the horizon where the setting sun disappeared moments ago. On low tides the wet sand capturest the color of the sky doubling the warm colors of sunset.
At California’s Central Coast’s Morro Bay this is just another conclusion of a beautiful day. With over 16 different cities and towns, each destination has its own appeal—from the vintage Main Street-style downtown of Arroyo Grande to the classic California beach town of Pismo Beach, and the legendary Hearst Castle near San Simeon. Quaint Cambria is set among its namesake pines, while tiny Harmony is a onetime dairy community that’s now home to artists. This is a region for escapes into nature, including kayaking in Morro Bay and hiking the coastal bluffs north of Cayucos or the inland hills of San Luis Obispo or Atascadero.