Half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles lies the California Central Coast. Often called America's "riviera" for its great combination of mild weather and expansive countryside, the Central Coast draws tens of thousands of bicycling enthusiasts every year. From the Great Western Bike Rally to the Solvang Century to the professional cycling teams, there seems no limit to the variety of great cycling opportunities.
At the northern end of the region lies the laid back Wine Country town of Paso Robles. South from here, the land stretches broadly across miles of valley farms and rolling hills to the historic town of Santa Maria. Continuing south, quiet country roads wind through broad canyons to the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country, its vineyard covered foothills resting beneath a backdrop of tall mountains. This area is home to the wine country towns of Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, and the Danish-inspired town of Solvang.
The roads, the scenery, the mild weather, the wine country, the inviting towns with quaint inns and restaurants: it’s no wonder that the California Central Coast region is such a popular cycling destination.
In keeping with the Undiscovered Country spirit, we designed a cycling experience befitting this grand terrain. We strung together a back roads route that spans the whole region, from Paso Robles to Santa Ynez, in six days of continuous biking. We built in mile after mile of lightly traveled roads for those who love to ride a bike. And we located the inns and restaurants that are both unique and authentic. But we did leave out a few things: wine tasting junkets, cooking classes, museum walks, shopping sprees. We still cling to a romantic notion that these "cultural" activities would only distract from an amazingly great cycling experience.
If you like taking cultural tours with some bike riding thrown in, this is not the tour for you. But if you’re drawn to the idea of day after day of spectacular routes, great food, and charming inns, our California Central Coast Bike Tour may be just the kind of trip you have been looking for.
We did the Undiscovered Wine Country tour. We are experienced riders and it was a challenging and satisfying tour, but it was accessible to even a beginner (albeit fit) rider. We loved our guides, the other guests, the accommodations, the food, and, most importantly, the spectacular riding. We will definitely do another tour with Undiscovered Country.
TripAdvisor June 2012