central coast
Pismo Beach
Monarch Butterfly Grove - November through February, stop at Pismo Beach to see scads of monarch butterflies, hanging out in the eucalyptus trees. In the winter months, thousands of butterflies migrate to the central California coast, and this Monarch grove is one of the best viewing sites. In the trees, the butterflies shelter together, or fly about - one might even land on your shoulder.
Be sure to bring your binoculars, although there are viewing scopes set up to see the butterflies in the trees up close. The grove is located on Highway 1, just south of Pismo Beach (if you reach Grover Beach, you've gone too far).

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