The California central coast is home to some of the most beautiful coastline in the world. Highway 1, the most western highway in the continental United States, is internationally recognized as a road trip destination. This is where we live and I’m not sure about you, but I cannot believe my luck. The Pacific Coast Highway brings travelers from across the world right past my front door. What those travelers don’t have the privilege to see is our private coastline. Members of Vandenberg Air Force Base get exclusive, tourist-free access to some of that legendary central coast shoreline. It’s not the bikini-friendly beaches of Southern California—often envisioned by out-of-towners—but it is protected, wild, and largely untouched by human development. This is something crowded, Southern California beaches cannot boast. If you’re looking for tranquility, you’ll find it on Vandenberg.