instead of hitting the usual beaches here are some that most tourists don't know about. in shell beach.
get off the freeway at "mattie road" and then turn right.
at the pelican point hotel, park and walk down the path on your right. follow the steps down to the beach. be careful!
Bishop's Peak is a hill within blocks from the Cal Poly campus, so it's popular for the more nature oriented students who go rock climbing and hiking there. I wasn't prepared for how strenuous the climb would be. As a younger person, I was exhaused and quite sore the next day. This would be a great day activity for the moderate to active hiker. It took us about an hour and a half to get to the top, but it was worth the view (see picture). At first the trail goes through a cow pasture (with cows roaming free! A surprise for this city girl), then through a foresty area, to scrub and brush. Finally at the top there are numerous rock outcroppings which you can climb for a great view. Part rock climbing, part hiking, part nature watch, this is an excellent activity for visitors or college students as a study break. Just a warning--bring sunscreen and sunglasses if it's sunny!
For an extra treat, try climbing Bishop's at night (bring a flashlight). I climbed up in the summer and it was very warm and pleasant. BEAUTIFUL view from the top where you can look down at all the lights of the city. At the very top there is a flat rock you can lie on and when I went the weather was perfect for stargazing. Definitely worth it.
If you like apples, you have to go to SEE CANYON!!! Here are many orchards and little stops to buy many different types of apples and grab some SUPER fresh cider!!! It's a fun treat for the whole family!!!
Directions to Gopher Glen
2899 See Canyon Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Take Highway 101 to San Luis Bay Drive.
Coming from the north, the exit off Highway 101 is approximately 5 miles from San Luis Obispo. Take the San Luis Bay Drive (See Canyon) exit west.
Traveling from the south (about 2 miles from Pismo Beach) begin looking for the San Luis Bay Drive exit and go west.
Go about 1 mile and turn right on See Canyon Road (across from Belleview School). Gopher Glen is approximately 2 1/2 miles up this tree covered canyon road. Follow the signs. On the way to Gopher Glen you will observe small apple orchards and over 100 year old apple trees. You will also enjoy many oak, sycamore and maple trees. The drive through See Canyon is truly a remarkable experience.
From San Luis Obispo, it's easy to get to beautiful Santa Barbara County. Consider heading a little more south along U.S. Highway 101 to the city of Santa Barbara to see another excellent mission and to shop and spend the evening on festive State Street. Also consider heading to Solvang, an excellent town with a Danish influence, where you can shop for Danish products and eat Danish food.
Between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, there is a little town built in Danish style : Solvang.
There are several wind mills though I thought they are more typical of Netherland.
In the main street, they sell mainly wooden toys.
Vistors' center : Mission drive
Along the route 1, there are several beaches where the elephant seals go to rest.
Generally, there is a parking.
Rather easy to find : from the road, you see a parking with more cars than the prior one. Often, the seals are there.
Every Thursday night is Farmer's Market in downtown San Luis Obispo. Year round, most of the restaurants come out and set up their booths so you can sample everything if you want. On one side is the food and fresh produce, on the other side are jewelry booths, people selling newspapers, giving out almond samples, etc. There's also music. Great place for both college kids and locals. Higuera Street closes down just for this, and the stores stay open later that evening too.
The Morro Rock is located in Morro Bay just northwest of San Luis Obispo. It has an elevation of 576 feet. This is probably the main attraction in this town of Morro Bay. This place be can easily reached via California Highway 1. Take an exit into downtown Morro Bay and drive toward the coast and you'll see the rock.
it's gross. yet oddly somewhat intriguing. this 4 foot wide alley harbors an innumerable amount of chewed gum. people have created their own graffitti with their gum and have given this place a name on the SLO map.
not quite sure where it is, it might be behind SLO brew but ask someone downtown and they'll point you in the right direction.
Big Falls, fairly close to Arroyo Grande, is an "80-foot cataract in the isolated Santa Lucia Wilderness north of Lopez Lake". To even get to the track you prolly, depending on the season and weather, need a truck or other tougher type car. Its oh so much fun driving there; there are roads, but they're so bad you might as well be off-roading. During the hike there are plenty of excellent spots for swimming and playing around in the water falls. Watch out for snakes, turtles and lizards tho!
The marvellous Pacific coast .
The driving time is shorter using the Hwy 101 than the Route 1, but the landscapes are nicer using the route.
Beautiful and peaceful gardens located behind mission. Includes roses, cannas and overhead grape trellis.
Nice planting of California native plants with some Austrialian plants mixed in. Also a lovely grotto and pond and fairly mature cactus collection in gardens around the School of Business at Cal Poly