Located along scenic State Route 1, which runs along a large stretch of the California coastline, Morro Bay is the perfect stopover to include on your road trip itinerary. The hotels in Morro Bay are among the least expensive along this part of the coast, and ample campgrounds and RV parks are clustered around the town. Enjoy beaches, waterfront shopping and dining, and much more around Morro Bay. Here are a few reasons to take a road trip to Morro Bay this summer.
Often called the “Gibraltar of the Pacific,” the monolithic Morro Rock can be seen from miles away. Now a California registered landmark, the 576-foot-tall ancient volcano is the largest peak in the Nine Sisters mountain range. There’s no public access to the rock, but visitors can drive to the base for photo opportunities at Morro Strand Beach. Take along binoculars, and you may get a glimpse of the rare peregrine falcons that nest in the designated bird sanctuary. One of the fastest animals on earth, peregrine falcons can dive at a speed of up to 200 mph.
Beaches & Waterfront
Morro Bay is blessed with some of central California’s best beaches. They include Coleman Park and Beach, North Beach and its tide pools, Sandpit Beach, Toro Creek dog beach, Morro Rock Beach, Morro Strand State Beach, and the beach at Morro Bay State Park.
With Morro Rock in the distance, Morro Rock Beach has the best sunset view. Morro Strand State Beach is popular for climbing sand dunes, beachcombing, surfing, and bird-watching. The beach is quiet, with restful spots and picnic tables. You can also enjoy harbor views along with shopping, dining, and browsing the art galleries along the Embarcadero, Morro Bay’s waterfront.
Morro Bay has two well-maintained state parks with excellent hiking trails and campgrounds. Morro Beach State Park’s Black Hill Loop Trail features panoramic views of the bay and a shady campground. Visit the Museum of Natural History located within the park and the nearby breeding grounds for herons and Eurasian crows, called rooks.
Montaña de Oro State Park has a variety of landscapes, including sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, canyons, and the 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. The park’s name means “Mountain of Gold” after the beautiful golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. It features trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
A visit to Hearst Castle is well worth the 30-mile drive north along scenic Highway 1. The Moorish-style mansion filled with Italian and Spanish antiques was once the home of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst and became a California state park in 1954. The sprawling complex includes three large guest houses and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, and walkways. The best way to experience the mansion and grounds is by taking the two-hour guided tour.
Whether you’re hitting the road to enjoy the natural wonders of the California coast or you’re simply taking a few days away to spend some quality time with your sweetheart, you’ll find the perfect blend of elegance, comfort, and relaxing atmosphere at Ascot Suites. From rooms with cozy fireplaces and balconies featuring views of the bay to the rooftop sun deck overlooking Morro Rock, we can provide you with the perfect escape. If you’d like to reserve a room at our charming hotel in Morro Bay, call us today at 800-887-6454.