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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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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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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 Plaza
Mission Plaza
Two-block area of downtown serves as the community's cultural and social center complemented with great shopping, outdoor and indoor dining and nightlife.
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks

All places to eat » Places to eat

Novo
Novo
Price: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Pacific Rim, Gluten Free, American, International
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Big Sky Cafe
Big Sky Cafe
Price: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Firestone Grill
Firestone Grill
Cuisines: American, Bar, Barbecue
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
High Street Market & Deli
High Street Market & Deli
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Soups
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Ciopinot
Ciopinot
Cuisines: American, Seafood, European, Italian, Gluten Free
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

HI San Luis Obispo
HI San Luis Obispo
$57 - $74
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Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
2.5 of 5
Oxford Suites Pismo Beach
$137 - $258
Ranked #10 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
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Ocean Palms Motel
2.5 of 5
Ocean Palms Motel
$98 - $258
Ranked #15 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

San Luis Creek Lodge
3.0 of 5
San Luis Creek Lodge
$188 - $347
Ranked #1 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Quality Suites Central Coast
3.0 of 5
Quality Suites Central Coast
$192 - $287
Ranked #2 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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Avenue Inn Downtown San Luis Obispo
2.5 of 5
Avenue Inn Downtown San Luis Obispo
$110 - $323
Ranked #4 of 31 Hotels in San Luis Obispo
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Granada Hotel and Bistro
4.0 of 5
Granada Hotel and Bistro
$293 - $499
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Avila La Fonda Hotel
4.0 of 5
Avila La Fonda Hotel
$291 - $534
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avila Beach
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Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa
$407 - $857
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Pismo Beach
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