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This area of Central Coast California has nearly 45,000 residents.
Sacramento, the state capital, is about 230 miles to the north of San Luis Obispo, while Atascadero is 14 miles to the north.
Let the kids blow off some steam at the Fremont Theater and Avila Beach Community Center. Want more? The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum and the Luffa Farm will ensure the good times keep on coming.
Central Coast Aquarium and Morro Bay Aquarium offer guests a chance to see the marvelous world of underwater creatures.
The region's wineries certainly know how to delight the senses. Meet the passionate cellar masters, sample some expertly crafted wines and enjoy a great day out at the Justin Vineyards and Winery and the Foxen Vineyard and Winery. Afterwards, if you have sufficient time, also consider the Riverbench Vineyard and Winery and the Kenneth Volk Vineyards.
The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden plays an integral role in safeguarding the region's botanical species. Be sure to stop in and support their hard work.
Take five from the stresses of travel at one of the area's leafy public parks. You'll love whiling away the day at Simas Park, Sunken Gardens and Margo Dodd Park.
Would you like to do a bit of bird-watching? Perhaps get the fishing gear out if conditions are good? The area's lakes offer a range of activities for adventurers of all ages. Oso Flaco Lake, Atascadero Lake Park and Soda Lake are among the most popular. Find out which one best suits you before you head over for a fun-filled day outdoors!
On a nice day, Pismo State Beach and Morro Strand State Beach are the places to go to breathe sea air, walk along the water's edge and watch the clouds pass on overhead.
Switch off your phone and have a break from the noises of the modern world at Morro Rock and Morro Bay State Park. Monarch Butterfly Grove and Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve are also appreciated by nature-loving locals.
For something on the educational side, head to a couple of the local cultural establishments. The top ones are the Santa Maria Museum of Flight, the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum and the Camp Roberts Historical Museum.
Inquisitive minds should see Terrace Hill Olive Oil, a fun science center.
Not only are the objects and curiosities at the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Natural History fun to look at, they're also highly educational.
Do you want to feel inspired? Fill your afternoon with artwork and complex creations at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
The History Center of San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society are both great places if you're interested in the history of the world.
Learn more about this area's past with a visit to the California Polytechnic State University or the Camp Roberts, just two of the historic buildings and sites here. More stories from the days of yore are waiting for you at Dallidet Adobe and Gardens and Price Anniversary House.
Swinging Bridge is a striking structure that has been a vital crossing point for residents from both sides of the water.
Travelers with a fascination for religion will no doubt want to swing by Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
After experiencing the principle attractions in and around San Luis Obispo, consider stopping by some of its lesser-known sights. North Beach Campground and Avila Beach Golf Resort are some good options. Also, contemplate visiting Blacklake Golf Resort and Pacific Dunes Ranch Riding Stables if you have the time.
Accommodation in San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo provides numerous hotels and short stay apartments to suit people from all walks of life. With the Expedia lodging guide visitors can take their pick from 162 San Luis Obispo hotel listings.
The Dolphin Bay Resort And Spa, situated at 2727 Shell Beach Rd, and the Avila La Fonda Hotel, at 101 San Miguel St, are both good examples of upscale San Luis Obispo accommodation options. The La Bellasera Hotel And Suites, 206 Alexa Ct, and the Avila Lighthouse Suites, 550 Front St, are other great Expedia-listed lodging options worth looking into.
Set on a bluff overlooking Pismo Beach and the Pacific Ocean, this renovated English country-style inn provides convenient access to the 1,100-foot-long (335-meter-long) popular Pismo Beach pier.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Pismo Beach motel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Avila Hot Springs and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Margo Dodd Park. North Beach Campground and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area are also within 6 mi (10 km).
The hotel is within a 20-minute drive of dozens of wineries in the surrounding hills. Golfers can choose between 7 top courses, and shoppers need only walk a couple of minutes to 2 neighboring malls. The nearby resort town of Avila Beach is a great place to see the sun set over the Pacific.
Madonna Inn is set on a 1,000-acre estate on Highway 101, an easy drive from many Central Coast wineries. Guests can reach Avila Beach in 15 minutes by car, and historic San Luis Obispo is 5 miles away. The hotel offers free daytime shuttle services to the airport, train, and bus stations.
Located in the heart of Pismo Beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Margo Dodd Park and Pismo Beach Pier. Pismo Beach Prime Outlets and Monarch Butterfly Grove are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Santa Maria, 13 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is in the heart of the Central Coast wine country; between Los Angeles and San Francisco along California's El Camino Real.
Located in the heart of Paso Robles, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carnegie Library and Paso Robles Children's Museum. Anglim Winery and Paso Robles Pioneer Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
The golden sands of Pismo Beach are a 5-minute drive from this cozy hotel. Travelers in need of retail therapy can walk 10 minutes to Pismo Beach Premium Outlets. From November to February, guests can visit the Monarch Butterfly Grove, 4 minutes away by car.