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San Luis Obispo Visitors Guide

View of Avila Beach
Mary Piper
November 13, 2020

San Luis Obispo County in California’s Central Coast offers many things to do for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. The area is filled with great spots for day trips, with plenty of places from Morro Bay to San Francisco to spend the day. See everything the area has to offer with our San Luis Obispo visitors guide.

About San Luis Obispo

View of Avila Beach

San Luis Obispo County is home to towns like Morro Bay, San Simeon, Avila Beach, Cambria, Paso Robles, and the city of San Luis Obispo. Many of these towns are located along Highway 1, which runs along the Pacific Ocean and offers drivers stunning views while cruising. The area was founded by missionary Junipero Serra, who started several missions along the California Central Coast in the late 18th century. The town of San Luis Obispo is one of the oldest communities in California, giving the area a rich history and culture.

San Luis Obispo visitors guide

Here are just a few of the things to do in the area of San Luis Obispo!

Avila Beach

Alivia Beach is a quaint beach town with a historic lighthouse. The area is known for its hot mineral springs, with several locations to soak in a mineral bath. The Bob Jones hiking and biking trail also runs through Avila Beach, allowing bikers to hit the trail while riding along the Pacific Ocean.

Wineries

The town of Paso Robles grows nearly 35 different types of grapes and is home to over 250 wineries. Take a scenic drive around grape and olive orchards and go to one of the many tasting rooms in the area to sample delicious local wines.

Outside of Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Once owned by the renowned newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, this beautiful estate is located just 45 minutes away from the town of San Luis Obispo in San Simeon. Take a ride down Highway 1 and spend a day exploring the castle’s fabulous rooms, gardens, and pools. There are several different tours you can take of the castle grounds and special events throughout the year.

Parks

There are many places to explore nature in San Luis Obispo. The Morro Bay and Montana de Oro State Parks offer kayaking, hiking, backpacking, and nature watching. Adventure seekers will love Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreational Area, a popular ATV and off-roading spot between Pismo Beach and Oceano. Kick back and fish at Lopez Lake, or explore Dinosaur Caves Park with ocean views along Highway 101.

Downtown San Luis Obispo

Mission San Luis Obispo Building

The town of San Luis Obispo (also called SLO Town) is home to many historic buildings, modern boutiques, and restaurants. Explore Luis Obispo De Tolosa, a historic Spanish mission built-in 1792. You can take a tour of the mission’s museum to learn more about its history. The plaza outside the mission is home to many outdoor events and concerts throughout the year.

Visiting San Luis Obispo

The county of San Luis Obispo is located in a prime area along California’s Central Coast. The Pacific Coast Highway connects many of the county’s towns. This means you can stop and see elephant seals, lighthouses, and scenic overlooks as you explore the cities in the area. The historic city of San Luis Obispo is only 15 minutes away from our hotel in Morro Bay, making it a convenient and easy day trip.

Explore San Luis Obispo at the Blue Sail Inn

Our hotel in downtown Morro Bay offers scenic views of Morro Rock. The hotel is centrally located to explore Morro Bay, the surrounding areas, and other San Luis Obispo County towns. Book your room now and start exploring everything the area has to offer!