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The Best of CA Highway 1: The Whale Trail

January 24, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The CA Highway 1 Discovery Route (H1DR) invites visitors to marvel at the Pacific Ocean’s amazing marine life from the shore at six new Whale Trail sites. The H1DR is compromised of 10 coastal towns along Highway 1, located half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, featuring breathtaking natural beauty, preeminent wine regions, amazing outdoor adventures, a variety of lodging options, delicious restaurants boasting culinary excellence and more. The Whale Trail can be added to that list. The Whale Trail is series of sites where the public may view orcas, other cetaceans and marine mammals from shore. Today, there are more than 90 Whale Trail locations along the west coast, including the six new locations along the H1DR: the Avila Beach Pier, Cambria, Cayucos, San Simeon, Oceano Nipomo and at Montaña de Oro State Park in Baywood-Los Osos. The 6 sites in Coastal San Luis Obispo County represents the largest cluster of sites on the Pacific Coast as it spans from California to British Columbia, and plans to extend from Baja California to Alaska by 2018. Check out this video!

“The mission of The Whale Trail is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing an ever-growing network of viewing sites, increasing awareness that our marine waters are home to whales, dolphins and other species,” explains Donna Sandstrom, Founder of The Whale Trail. “Our goals are to connect coastal visitors and residents to marine mammals and their habitat, inspire stewardship, build community and promote land-based whale watching. Shore-based whale-watching is at once a deeply local and widely shared experience. At Whale Trail sites along the west coast, people might even be watching the same whales at different points on their migrations.”

For info on how to spot whales from the shore, where and when to see whales along the Highway 1 Discovery Route and other pertinent information, visit this link. For more information on the California Highway 1 Discovery Route, visit

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