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Encyclopedia > Central Coast of California

The Central Coast is an area of California, United States, extending from Santa Cruz in the north to Santa Barbara in the south, but centering primarily on Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq. ... Santa Cruz is the county seat of Santa Cruz County, California, United States. ... Mission Santa Barbara, known as the queen of the missions. Santa Barbara is a city in California, United States. ... Monterey County is a county located on the Pacific coast of California, its northwestern section forming the southern half of Monterey Bay. ... Location in the state of California Formed 1850 Seat San Luis Obispo Area  - Total  - Water 9,364 km² (3,616 mi²) 806 km² (311 mi²) 8. ...


The region is known primarily for agriculture and tourism. Major crops include lettuce, strawberries, and artichokes. In particular, the Salinas Valley is one of the most fertile farming regions in the United States. Popular tourist attractions include Cannery Row (in Monterey), the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the golf courses of Pebble Beach and the Monterey Peninsula, the rugged coastline of Big Sur and Hearst Castle in San Simeon. More than 3 million tourists visited the Taj Mahal in Agra, India in 2004. ... Binomial name Lactuca sativa L. Lettuce is a temperate annual or biennial plant most often grown as a leaf vegetable. ... Species 20+ species; see text The strawberry (Fragaria) is a genus of plants in the family Rosaceae, and the fruit of these plants. ... Artichokes are three types of vegetables in the daisy family Asteraceae. ... The Salinas Valley in the Central Coast region of California lies along the Salinas River between the Gabilan Mountains and the Santa Lucia Range. ... Cannery Row is the waterfront street in the New Monterey section of Monterey, California (36. ... Looking north from Cannery Row toward Fishermans Wharf The City of Monterey is located on Monterey Bay along the Pacific coast in northern California. ... -1... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a sport where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... Pebble Beach is a small town located on the Pacific coast in northern California. ... The Monterey Peninsula in central California is comprised of the cities of Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and the private community of Pebble Beach. ... View of Lucia, Big Sur. ... The Hearst Castle facade is patterned after a Spanish cathedral. ... San Simeon (ZIP Code: 93452) is a settlement on the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California notable in two respects: Its position along Cabrillo Hwy is almost precisely halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, each of those towns being roughly 230 mi (370 km) away. ...


Overall, the area is not very densely populated, not surprising considering that the primary industry is agriculture. The largest city in the region is Salinas, with approximately 150,000 people. Due to the low population density of the central coast, educational and cultural resouces are relatively scarce. University of California campuses are found both in Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, on the extreme north and south edges of the region, respectively. One of the universities found within the central coast area itself is California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), founded in 1994 using facilities donated when Fort Ord was converted from military to civilian uses. In San Luis Obispo the state university California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) was founded in 1901, and has been in full operation for decades. This campus is the sister campus of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Nickname: Americas Salad Bowl Official website: http://www. ... The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ... The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC or UC Santa Cruz) is one of the ten campuses of the University of California. ... The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is a coeducational public university located on the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, California. ... California State University, Monterey Bay, in the California State University system, is located in the city of Seaside, California, on the Monterey Peninsula. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated like the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... Fort Ord was a U.S. Army post on the Monterey Bay in California. ... San Luis Obispo, San Luis, or SLO (Spanish for ) is a city in California. ... California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (or Cal Poly for short) is a public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. ... California State Polytechnic University, Pomona California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is a public, nationally-ranked, coeducational university situated at the western corner of the city of Pomona, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, and is adjacent to the Kellogg Interchange. ...


Travel through the area is almost entirely by private automobile, since mass transit is limited to a handful of municipal bus lines. Amtrak maintains train service with the Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner routes. Because of its position roughly halfway between the major cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is home to America's first motel. There are no major airports, although Monterey, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo have regional airports with commuter service. The only major highway in the area is U.S. Route 101, which runs north-south throughout the entire central coast. This highway runs from Los Angeles, over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and connects the Central Coast to the Bay Area in the north. A smaller but much more scenic route (Big Sur, Morro Bay, San Simeon) California State Route 1, connects the many coastal communities together. Amtrak train in downtown Orlando, Florida Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express at Penn Station New York, NY Amtrak is the brand name of the intercity passenger train system created on May 1, 1971 in the United States. ... The Coast Starlight is a 1389-mile (2235 km) passenger train route operated by Amtrak on the West Coast of the United States. ... Northbound Pacific Surfliner Cab Car crosses Carlsbad Village Dr. in Carlsbad, Ca. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The city of San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo (also SLO) is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County, California, USA. Luis is pronounced as Lewis. ... Holiday Inn Great Sign Exterior of a Howard Johnsons motor lodge. ... U.S. Highway 101, or U.S. Route 101 (U.S. 101), is a north-south highway that is aligned along the Pacific West Coast of the United States. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... View of Lucia, Big Sur. ... Morro Bay Docks with Morro Rock in the background. ... San Simeon (ZIP Code: 93452) is a settlement on the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California notable in two respects: Its position along Pacific Coast Highway is almost precisely halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, each of those towns being roughly 230 mi (370 km) away. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 ORA 0. ...


The Central Coast is also the location of the Central Coast American Viticultural Area. An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a delimited grape-growing region distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the United States governments Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). ...


See also

United States wine is produced commercially in all fifty states including Hawaii and Alaska, however the majority of wine is produced in California. ... California Wine has a long and continuing history. ...

External links

  • Central California Coast Guide with Photos: A comprehensive guide to California's Central Coast
Flag of California State of California

California Topics | Geography | Economy | Government | History | Californians File links The following pages link to this file: California Dana Rohrabacher Los Angeles, California San Francisco Peninsula San Francisco Bay Area Silicon Valley San Diego, California Sacramento, California Sacramento County, California Orange County, California Death Valley San Francisco, California Sierra Nevada (US) Oakland, California Fremont, California San Jose, California... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq. ... Greetings from California, vintage large-letter postcard. ... A field of California golden poppies circa 1910. ... This is a partial list of well-known people from California. ...

Capital Sacramento
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Metropolitan areas Bakersfield | Chico | Fresno | Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale | Modesto | Napa | Oakland-Fremont-Hayward | Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura | Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario | Sacramento-Roseville | Salinas | San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos | San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City | San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara | San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles | Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine | Santa Barbara-Santa Maria | Santa Cruz-Watsonville | Santa Rosa-Petaluma | Stockton | Vallejo-Fairfield | Visalia-Porterville | Yuba City
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Note: Counties with over 1 million in population are in bold

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Central Coast of California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (463 words)
The Central Coast is an area of California, United States, extending from Santa Cruz in the north to Santa Barbara in the south, but centering primarily on Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.
Due to the low population density of the central coast, educational and cultural resouces are relatively scarce.
University of California campuses are found both in Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, on the extreme north and south edges of the region, respectively.
Online Travel Guide Central California Coast, USA (1358 words)
The central California region has also been featured prominently in the Pulitzer prize-winning literature of John Steinbeck, who was born and raised in Salinas, near Monterey.
California is also famous for its wines, which are produced in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, just north of the San Francisco metropolitan area.
Central California is crisscrossed by mountains and valleys, forests and rivers.
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