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Sightseeing and landmarks in San Luis Obispo County

Art museums

Art Museum
“A great small museum with exhibits that change frequently in the heart of downtown SLO. We especially recommend their educational offerings; our daughter has enjoyed their summer art classes for many years!”
  • 8 locals recommend

History museums

Historic Site
“Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. D”
  • 27 locals recommend
History Museum
“With 1000's of historical items, knowledgeable and friendly docents and an endless supply of interesting facts, this is a stop that is worth it to make! Paso Robles has an amazing history and so much of it is displayed in this museum.”
  • 5 locals recommend
History Museum
“This place has a lot of information about the history of San Luis, including many photos from the vault!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“I've been to Hearst Castle and gone through all the tours, a unique place to visit and experience. It is only about an hour from SLO and the drive is beautiful.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

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. ”
  • 47 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.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“These mammoth Elephant Seals travel long distances to mate and have their young here. The males have a big 'hammer head' and the females have the typical pristine seal head. Sometimes you might even witness a female giving birth. (I did) You don't want to get too close to them or they might feel threatened. There are really nice docents to chat with and answer any questions. There is a parking lot to the North where you can park, go through the fence and go for a beautiful hike and see more Elephant Seals and scenic views.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Beach
“Drive your four wheel drive vehicle onto the beach shoreline, sit and soak up the sun and play in the waves all day, then make a sand pit fire for your group to gather and enjoy. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Many great trails at Bishop Peak. Head straight up for more strenuous or do the loop to stay at mid height level.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Elephant Seals are simply disgusting, interesting and fun! I would suggest a trip up highway 1 taking in the zebras by Hearst Castle, Elephant Seals and going a bit further to Ragged Point in Big Sur for lunch and views. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Seafood Restaurant
“Welcome to the Olde Port Inn Spectacularly located on the pier at Port San Luis (Avila Beach) The Olde Port Inn is a favorite for dining, cocktails, or banquets. Just miles from the historic mission town of San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach, The Olde Port Inn is the finest sea food restaurant on the Central Coast. A wonderful ocean setting on the pier makes the Olde Port Inn the place to be for a superlative dining experience. See you soon!”
  • 1 local recommends
Scenic Lookout
“Take a drive up highway 1, undoubtably one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the WORLD”
  • 3 locals recommend

Historic sites

Historic Site
“Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. D”
  • 27 locals recommend
Castle
“This historical castle is a great tourist attraction. They have many different tours available; reservations are recommended and it can get a little chilly up there too. Bring a jacket. Little ones under 8yrs old may not enjoy this as much the older kiddos”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“I've been to Hearst Castle and gone through all the tours, a unique place to visit and experience. It is only about an hour from SLO and the drive is beautiful.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The center of Paso Robles. Mayberry RFD and Smallville all in one beautiful park with historic Carnagie Library now historical society and a huge gazebo where concerts and weddings are held. Perfect for a stroll, picnic, or visit to the newly built expansive playground. Shops and restaurants line the park. This is not to be missed.”
  • 1 local recommends

Libraries

Historic Site
“The center of Paso Robles. Mayberry RFD and Smallville all in one beautiful park with historic Carnagie Library now historical society and a huge gazebo where concerts and weddings are held. Perfect for a stroll, picnic, or visit to the newly built expansive playground. Shops and restaurants line the park. This is not to be missed.”
  • 1 local recommends
Library
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Or any library! The wi-fi is on 24/7. You can access it from the parking lot. If you need to print something, it's $.10/page. The "Friends" sell books, magazines, etc. ”
  • 1 local recommends
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