California Central Coast

Central Coast

Head out on The Original Road Trip and explore California’s Central Coast—350 miles of the world's most dramatic coastline. This incomparable region stretches from Santa Cruz County, south of the San Francisco Bay Area, to Ventura County just north of Los Angeles. Along the way, you'll pass through Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
Santa Cruz County Monterey County San Luis Obispo County Santa Barbara County Ventura County
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Fall Trekking in the SLO Lane

Benni in Morro Bay. Photo Credit: Bennilover (CC)
Benni in Morro Bay. Photo Credit: Bennilover (CC)

San Luis Obispo County encompasses just about everything California is known for, from mountains to ocean to wine country to laid-back vibe. Sure, you can shoot down from the Bay Area on Interstate 5 and Highway 46, but it’s much more rewarding to take the slow lane (Highway 101) all the way to Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and beyond. more »

Leash-free Sand and Sea

Playing catch
Playing catch

The hands-down, No. 1 place to play in waves and sand in California is Carmel Beach, a powder-white, city-managed, mile-long strand on the outskirts of Carmel-by-the Sea, the chic vacation village on the Monterey Peninsula. DogTrekkers come from around the country to share their good fortune here. A trio of tips: more »

Glamp it Up With Your Four-Legged Friend

Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)
Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)

Maybe you like the idea of camping but don’t own (or care to own) the requisite equipment. Enter “glamping,” a hybrid word referring to rustic-chic, outdoor-oriented lodging that doesn’t involve pitching your own tent. A new player on the scene, Inn Town Campground, just outside the Gold Country town of Nevada City, does it right with a colony of safari-style tents outfitted with electricity, comfy beds, fresh linens, artsy accessories and outdoor seating. more »

Chasing Waves With Your Pup

Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67
Splash! Photo Credit: @Sweetd67

For water-loving canines, nothing beats fetching a bright yellow tennis ball from the surf and romping full speed ahead on a sandy beach. But while there’s plenty of sand to share with your leashed pup along California’s 840 miles of coastline, you should know before you go where dogs are and aren’t allowed to get their ya-yas out. Here are a few of our favorite off-leash strands: more »

SLO Trekking With Your Dog

Puppy bliss at Laguna Lake Park. Photo Credit: Jo Christina
Puppy bliss at Laguna Lake Park. Photo Credit: Jo Christina

San Luis Obispo, the Central Coast college town about 12 miles inland from the Pacific shore, is a great jumping-off place for DogTrekkers who’d like to visit Paso Robles wine country or romp on a beach. But you don’t have to leave town to enjoy one of the region’s top dog-friendly assets, Laguna Lake Open Space, a 375-acre preserve with an off-leash (but not fenced) dog play area and miles of trails leading into the scenic hills. more »

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Thousand Oaks

Bark in the Park Thousand Oaks
May 6, 2017 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
1379 East Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, California 91362
Map & directions

Emergency Services

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive Suite 150
Monterey, California 93940
Phone: (831) 373-7374

Central Coast Pet Hospital & ER
1558 West Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, California 93420
Phone: (805) 489-6573

Atascadero Pet Hospital & Emergency Center
9575 El Camino Real
Atascadero, California 93422
Phone: (805) 466-3880

Humane Societies/Shelters

Woods Humane Society
875 Oklahoma Avenue
San Luis Obispo, California 93405
Phone: (805) 543-9316

Santa Barbara County Animal Services
5473 Overpass Rd.
Goleta, California 93117
Phone: (805) 681-5285

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