Celebrate “Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Travel” along the California Highway 1 Discovery Route!

WCC_Stewardship_Logo_ColorExplore marine life from abalone to elephant seals, find specialty lodging packages, learn about nature preserves, fun citizen science, and the many seaside hikes found on the Central Coast

STAY. PLAY. LEARN. CARE. Come celebrate Coastal Discovery along California’s Highway 1 Discovery Route and the country’s first Stewardship Travel program. Full of fun, authentic, and inspiring activities with area historians, scientists, and specialists, there are more than 70 unique activities and/or contribution opportunities in more than ten locations, including: Ragged Point/San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, Los Osos/Baywood Park, Avila Beach, Edna Valley & Arroyo Grande Valley, Oceano and Nipomo.

Explore the Coastal Discovery Route & Stewardship Travel and delight in special seafood dishes from local restaurants listed below that support environmentally responsible seafood choices. Take a Whale Watching adventure or learn about our marine birdlife. Ensure a safe and pleasant experience for everyone by following NOAA’s marine wildlife viewing guidelines. Those who are adventurous will enjoy WineCoastCountry’s Kayak, wind surfing and kite boarding outfitters, paying special attention to the whales, dolphins, and elephant seals. Take the Pacific Coast Wine Trail or jump onto a Hummer or ATV to check out the area. There’s also pier tours and nature walks as well as a special Tide Pool App you can download on your phone.

“Stewardship Travel helps visitors make a difference on vacation,” says San Luis Obispo’s County Business Improvement District’s Stewardship Travel Director and seasoned adventurer Diane Strachan, a leader in outdoor, adventure travel and environmental education for the past 35 years. “It’s about having many opportunities to care, learn, and connect deeper while on vacation. This is tourism for the 21st century.”