maps.google.com is your friend :) You can map distances to your heart's content. SF is too far for a day trip though.
Good day trips from SLO:
Cambria/Hearst Castle (45 minute drive)
Pismo/Avila Beaches (15 minute drive?
Solvang/Santa Ynez wine country (1 hour drive)
Santa Barbara ( 1 1/2 hour drive)
San Francisco is a 3 1/2 hour drive. Not really a good day trip.
We were in Shell Beach and Avila yesterday. Both towns have beautiful scenery. We love the shops in Avila and did some wine tasting also after tapas at Ventana Grill. :).
If you do decide to go to SLO, we have a B&B that we love there. It's about 10 minutes from downtown, near Edna Valley. It's called the Bridge Creek Inn, run by Sally and Gene Kruger. She is always full of great ideas and recommendations, and serves dynamite breakfasts. I would DEFINITELY recommend a look at their website: www.bridgecreekinn.com
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