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Things to do in San Luis Obispo County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Castle
“Not far from Los Osos - Hearst Castle is perched atop a hill in San Simeon and is more than a quarter-mile above the Pacific Ocean offering spectacular views. Hearst Castle is a stunning tribute to the incredible wealth of one of the 20th century's most important businessmen and his extravagant tastes. Julia Morgan worked hand-in-hand with Hearst for more than two decades designing and building the estate. It is spectacular!”
  • 101 locals recommend
Park
“Walk/hike through gorgeous eucalyptus forests to the pristine California coastline. Walk through tide pools or just pull up a piece of sand and breathe in the fresh air.”
  • 106 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Voted best restaurant in SLO! Enjoy delicious tapas and world famous wine with creekside views. Located in the iconic Cigar Factory building in downtown SLO, Novo’s bar, lounge offers award wining innovative cuisine. Tandoori chicken and Novo lettuce wraps are our favorites! ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Mountain
“Walk on the board walk while snacking on some local salt water taffy or stop and eat some local seafood. Enjoy a view of the iconic Morro rock and watch sea otters within close proximity. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Park
“The butterflies are more active in warm, sunny weather. If it is cold look for the clumps of them in the trees. There is a nice walking path through the grove to the beach. Entrance and parking are free.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Church
“Beautiful views if theMission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa located in the heart of downtown. This Spanish mission was founded in 1772 by Father Junípero Serra in San Luis Obispo, California. Named after Saint Louis of Anjou, the bishop of Toulouse, the mission is the namesake of San Luis Obispo.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“If you love tequila, this place is a must go... and if you don’t, this place is still our favorite place to go for yummy food. They have plenty of other (cocktail) drinks to choose from. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Park
“montana de Oro State park,Swinging Bridge in vi;;age,101 wine tours, port San Luis Lighthouse! Pismo Beach and Avila Beach.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“If you need it, they have it. A collection of great shops from Nike to Levi. They feature kids, teen, adult clothing and shoes, kitchen wear, and even an "As Seen On TV" store. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Farm
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“Great outing for children, feed the barn animals and pick up some fresh produce”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bar
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“BEST cocktail and dinner in Paso Robles! Make a reservation or go early, the place is small. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The elephant seals are famous on the central coast. I could spend hours watching these giant sea creatures. The rookery has docents ready to answer all of your questions. great place to take the family and it's on the way to Big Sur.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Inn
“The Madonna Inn & Steakhouse opened in 1958 and serves as an iconic landmark for the central coast. Tour the grounds for beautiful photo ops and don’t forget to try a slice of their famous pink champagne cake!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is probably the most recommended restaurant in the area. Little on the pricier side. Check the menu first online.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
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“Some of the best meals we have shared with family and friends has been at Ventana Grill! The food offerings are always consistently great and the view is amazing! Try the Halibut steak fish and chips, the clam chowder and the Chipotle Seafood pasta. YUM!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Make a reservation for a mineral hot spring tub beneath the beautiful trees on the way to Avila beach. you can take a picnic and wine and make the most of your hour time slot. Large groups of 10 can get the oasis pool! ”
  • 49 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Asian Restaurant
“Voted best restaurant in SLO! Enjoy delicious tapas and world famous wine with creekside views. Located in the iconic Cigar Factory building in downtown SLO, Novo’s bar, lounge offers award wining innovative cuisine. Tandoori chicken and Novo lettuce wraps are our favorites! ”
  • 77 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“If you love tequila, this place is a must go... and if you don’t, this place is still our favorite place to go for yummy food. They have plenty of other (cocktail) drinks to choose from. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bar
“BEST cocktail and dinner in Paso Robles! Make a reservation or go early, the place is small. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Inn
“The Madonna Inn & Steakhouse opened in 1958 and serves as an iconic landmark for the central coast. Tour the grounds for beautiful photo ops and don’t forget to try a slice of their famous pink champagne cake!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is probably the most recommended restaurant in the area. Little on the pricier side. Check the menu first online.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
“Some of the best meals we have shared with family and friends has been at Ventana Grill! The food offerings are always consistently great and the view is amazing! Try the Halibut steak fish and chips, the clam chowder and the Chipotle Seafood pasta. YUM!”
  • 48 locals recommend
Brewery
“One of our favorite breweries in our area. They consistently produce great beers and have a spacious, comfortable outdoor beer garden. Food trucks are common, as is live music. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“California fusion - yummy tacos and burritos! Giant servings and delicious. Very popular and view of the ocean across Hwy. 1.”
  • 35 locals recommend

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