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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

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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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California Polytechnic University
California Polytechnic University
Attraction type: Colleges & universities
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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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Avila Valley Barn
Avila Valley Barn
Attraction type: Farms
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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: Trails; Hiking trails
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All places to eat » Places to eat

High Street Market & Deli
High Street Market & Deli
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Sandwiches
Ciopinot
Ciopinot
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Novo
Novo
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Tapas, International
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Goshi
Goshi
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Big Sky Cafe
Big Sky Cafe
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Asian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

HI San Luis Obispo
HI San Luis Obispo
$57 - $69
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Sunbeam Motel
2.0 of 5
Sunbeam Motel
$53 - $122
Ranked #17 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Avila Lighthouse Suites
3.5 of 5
Avila Lighthouse Suites
$161 - $442
Ranked #2 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
$135 - $247
Ranked #1 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Avenue Inn Downtown San Luis Obispo
2.0 of 5
Avenue Inn Downtown San Luis Obispo
$87 - $222
Ranked #4 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Hampton Inn & Suites- San Luis Obispo
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites- San Luis Obispo
$134 - $259
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Avila La Fonda Hotel
4.0 of 5
Avila La Fonda Hotel
$223 - $507
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
$479 - $755
Ranked #1 of 28 Hotels in Pismo Beach
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.