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San Luis Obispo
A weekend in this charming and scenic town, situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, can be whatever you want it to be: a relaxing getaway or a buzz of activity. For serenity, pack a lunch and head north or south to picnic at one of the dozens of picturesque wineries. Head west for great beaches, perfect for a leisurely swim. For a dose of history, visit the birthplace and heart of this quaint town: the beautiful adobe-brick Mission San Luis Obispo. Children will revel in the plentiful fun activities, such as the Charles Paddock Zoo, the Morro Bay Aquarium and the Children's Museum. For a laugh or a gasp, stop in at the outrageously decorated Madonna... more A weekend in this charming and scenic town, situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, can be whatever you want it to be: a relaxing getaway or a buzz of activity. For serenity, pack a lunch and head north or south to picnic at one of the dozens of picturesque wineries. Head west for great beaches, perfect for a leisurely swim. For a dose of history, visit the birthplace and heart of this quaint town: the beautiful adobe-brick Mission San Luis Obispo. Children will revel in the plentiful fun activities, such as the Charles Paddock Zoo, the Morro Bay Aquarium and the Children's Museum. For a laugh or a gasp, stop in at the outrageously decorated Madonna Inn, where nothing in the garish décor is consistent except for an abundance of the color pink. All are welcome for a peek inside the lobby's men's room for more interior design surprises. less

All things to do » Things to do

Avila Valley Barn
Avila Valley Barn
Attraction type: Farms
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California Polytechnic University
California Polytechnic University
Attraction type: Educational sites
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Bishop Peak
Bishop Peak
Owner description: Named because it resembles a bishop's hat, the highest peak of the Morros range is heavily used by hikers and bicyclists. The climb to the top will take anywhere from one to two... more Owner description: Named because it resembles a bishop's hat, the highest peak of the Morros range is heavily used by hikers and bicyclists. The climb to the top will take anywhere from one to two hours depending on your fitness level. less
Attraction type: Geologic Formations; Lookouts
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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Founded on September 1, 1772, this is considered one of the most beautiful missions in California and still serves as an active church in the community.
Attraction type: Missions
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Valencia Peak Trail
Valencia Peak Trail
Hiking trail that ends with a spectacular view of the whole Central Coast.
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
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All places to eat » Places to eat

High Street Market & Deli
High Street Market & Deli
Cuisines: Sandwiches, Delicatessen
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Goshi
Goshi
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Mama's Meatball
Mama's Meatball
Price: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Big Sky Cafe
Big Sky Cafe
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Asian, Vegetarian
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Novo
Novo
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: International, Spanish, Tapas
Good for: Local cuisine, Doing business, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Peach Tree Inn
2.0 of 5
Peach Tree Inn
$83 - $144
Ranked #12 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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HI San Luis Obispo
HI San Luis Obispo
$41 - $64
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Avila Village Inn
3.5 of 5
Avila Village Inn
$167 - $386
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

San Luis Creek Lodge
3.0 of 5
San Luis Creek Lodge
$159 - $318
Ranked #1 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Petit Soleil, Bed and Breakfast
Petit Soleil, Bed and Breakfast
$169 - $299
Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
3.0 of 5
Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
$143 - $268
Ranked #2 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Nearby recommended accommodations:

Avila La Fonda Hotel
4.0 of 5
Avila La Fonda Hotel
$285 - $554
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
$378 - $821
Ranked #1 of 28 Hotels in Pismo Beach
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