Top 10 Things to do in Cambria, United States

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Cambria /ˈkeɪmbriə/ is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). The name Cambria, chosen in 1869, is the Latin name for Wales. Cambria is situated amidst Monterey pines in one of only three such native forests. Previously, the town had gone by the names of Slabtown, Rosaville, San Simeon and Santa Rosa. The corresponding census designated place (CDP) had a population of 6,032 at the 2010 census, slightly down from 6,232 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Cambria

1. Moonstone Drive

Moonstone Beach Drive, Cambria, CA 93428
Excellent
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4.5 based on 605 reviews

Moonstone Drive

Oceanfront scenic loop that parallels Highway 1.

Reviewed By Peggy H - Delavan, Wisconsin

The ride along Moonstone Beach is absolutely gorgeous, with views of the ocean and beaches all along. The walk - mostly on a boardwalk - is stunningly beautiful. A must if you are in town or even passing through.

2. Harmony Glassworks

2180 Old Creamery Rd, Harmony, CA 93435-5009 +1 805-927-4248
Excellent
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4.5 based on 76 reviews

Harmony Glassworks

Harmony (population 18) is regarded as a local treasure, and home to a handful of shops, including Harmony Glassworks, Harmony Pottery and Harmony Cellars. Harmony Glassworks offers a one-of-a-kind experience in contemporary glass art. Founded in 2007 by glassblower and instructor, Eric Dandurand, Harmony Glassworks is an art gallery, studio, and school all in one. Their mission is to create unsurpassed glass art and share the joy of glassblowing with the public, through their unique glass gallery and in-house glassblowing classes. Inside the gallery, you'll find a large collection of hand-blown glass art from some of the best glass artists in the world, including a large selection from local glass artists. Harmony Glassworks is a working studio and one can see glassblowing on a daily basis.

Reviewed By ANDYELBAC - Faversham, United Kingdom

Harmony has a population of just 18, 17 of whom live in the surrounding area outside of the tiny dead end high street. Located at the end of this little street is Harmony Glassworks. If you are travelling near Cambria, Hearst Castle or just taking a leisurly drive down route 1, we recommend you stop for a visit. The Glassworks is outstanding. Yes, many of the pieces are expensive, but we seem to have forgotten the value of craftsmanship in this age of mass produced Chinese imports at low prices. We seem to think nothing of paying a plumber £200 an hour but balk at paying hundreds of pounds or dollars for artwork that is likely to have taken hours if not days to hand make. The good news is that there are plenty of glass delights that are reasonably priced, so you are assured of taking home some kind of memory of your visit to Harmony. Recommended.

3. Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Off Highway 1, South on Windsor, Cambria, CA +1 805-927-2856
Excellent
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5 based on 285 reviews

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Reviewed By TravellingJan - San Carlos, California

No one knows about this place that is down a residential street in Cambria along the ocean. Amazing...just incredible wildflowers at end of February, beautiful rock formations along the jagged coast AND an accessible trail, so all can enjoy it. Wow...Don't miss it!

4. Moonstone Beach

Cambria, CA 93452
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Moonstone Beach

Charming and natural beach.

Reviewed By Helen R - Port Townsend, Washington

Saw plenty of seals and sea otters. Woodworking and access. Great little trail with wonderful views and wildlife.

5. Piedras Blancas Light Station

15950 Cabrillo Hwy, Cambria, CA 93452 +1 805-927-7361
Excellent
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Piedras Blancas Light Station

Reviewed By sun1967flower - Tucson, Arizona

I have a renewed interest in lighthouses after taking this free tour today. Once a month in the summer they open the lighthouse and you can hike in. I think it was about four miles round trip. There were docents along the trail, and knowledgeable guides stationed in various places. There were spotting scopes set up to see whales and various other wildlife. Spectacular beauty.

6. Leffingwell Landing

Cambria, CA +1 805-927-2070
Excellent
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Leffingwell Landing

This state park is a popular spot for picnics, weddings, and watching sunsets - or whales.

Reviewed By Geneen G

One of the most relaxing, gorgeous, serene, extremely beautiful places in California. I also enjoyed Morro Bay, Half Moon Bay and the Bay area. I have lived in California for many, many, many years and have worked in San Luis as well. perfection :)

7. Moonstone Beach

San Simeon, CA 93452
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 349 reviews

Moonstone Beach

Charming and natural beach.

Reviewed By Auntie-Nanuuq - City of Angels

I took some nice photos, there is a boardwalk to the beach. Most importantly there is wide open coastal access and the mcmansions are back from the street....

I didn't see the many stones for which the beach is famous, but there is a nice park with plenty of free parking.

8. San Simeon State Park

San Simeon Creek Road, San Simeon, CA 93428 +1 805-927-2035
Excellent
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4 based on 187 reviews

San Simeon State Park

Reviewed By marros1960 - Ridgecrest, California

San Simeon Creek campground has running water while Washburn does not. San Simeon has lots of trees which is nice in the summer. Washburn is very open and no running water. A bit expensive for just boondocking. Reserve online to get the spot you want.

9. 927 Beer Company

821 Cornwall St, Cambria, CA 93428-2434 +1 805-203-5265
Excellent
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

927 Beer Company

Reviewed By Jennie W - Sanger, California

One of our favorite things to do while vacationing is try different small, craft breweries. 927 was great. They had a wonderful sour on tap that I enjoyed and wished I could have taken home a keg of it ;-) comfortable environment. A great spot to check out!

10. Nitt Witt Ridge

881 Hillcrest Dr, Cambria, CA 93428-2801 +1 805-927-2690
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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3.5 based on 272 reviews

Nitt Witt Ridge

California State Historical Landmark No. 939 is the creation of Arthur Harold Beal. An Artistic, funky house designed, sculpted and built by one man, Art Beal. Considered one of the finest examples of Folk Art.

Reviewed By zabeanerchicago - Chicago, Illinois

I think you get the whole picture from the historial plaque and what you can read on line. Not sure if the owners are all that interested in arranging 'tours', as the means to do this are via email. But drive by (very close to downtown Cambria) for a look.

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