Montaña de Oro State Park
104 locals recommend ·
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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.
This is our happy place! Our favorite State Park offers scenic hiking, walking and mountain bike trails and is completely free to the public. MDO offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the world. Put the cell phone away (other than for photos of course) and soak up the breathtaking…
If you love beautiful natural places, this is a must see. Fabulous beaches and hiking.
Montaña de Oro State Park is about 40 mins away, but the views are stunning. There are several hiking trails, but they are really easy, short, and the payoff is worth it. There are public restrooms (not always the cleanest). There's even WIFI on-site.
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“This is a must! Depending on the time of the year, reservation is recommended. Visit www.hearstcastle.org for more details.”
- 102 locals recommend
“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.”
- 53 locals recommend
“This hike is out of San Luis Obispo. Offers a fantastic view of the county with views panning all the way to the ocean on a clear day! ”
- 43 locals recommend
“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
“Straight down El Morro is Baywood Park, where you will find the Back Bay Cafe for great coffee, breakfast, and kids cocoa. You'll also find other restaurants, the dock, a small market, a bakery, taverns, and art studios. Montana de Oro State Park is about 15 minutes away- just go west on Los Osos Valley Road. It is known for spectacular bluff views and trails for hiking, biking, and running. There you will find Spooner's Cove and the Bluff Trail which gives access to tide pooling at Coralina Cove.”
- 23 locals recommend