State Parks in Our Backyard | Central Coast, CA

California is known for its beautiful landscapes. From picturesque mountains to cliff-lined shores, there is no shortage of outdoor experiences to be had in this slice of paradise we call home. But in such a large state, with so many gorgeous landscapes, it can be easy to focus on the popular spots—Big Sur, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, etc—and those are all worth a visit! But it’s easy to forget about these local gems. So today, we’re going to explore some of our favorite local state parks!

101 Spotlight: View Animals for Free

Welcome to our continuation of great FREE activities here on the Central Coast! Today, we’re highlighting the coolest and most interesting animals that you can witness entirely for free, all coming straight from on our 101 Reasons to Exit Highway 101 Guide. You don’t necessarily need to visit a zoo to see amazing wildlife here on the Central Coast! From farm animals to sea creatures, we’ve got a variety of fascinating creatures that share our home, interesting animals who can be witnessed completely for free. Take a quick exit off of Highway 101 to see for yourself! Reason #62. Avila Valley Barn Pretend…