Surroundings, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo CountyLocation and general commentsOnly 6mi/10km south of San Simeon, the site of the castle built by William Randolph Hearst, and not far from Highway U.S. 1, lies the little town of Cambria, which offers a welcome change. It is built almost entirely in the English style, and because of its quiet atmosphere and its beautiful beach, numerous artists have chosen to live there. The short detour before going on to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo is worthwhile, not least because of the many interesting shops. In an historical schoolhouse dating from 1881 the Cambria Allied Arts Association offers an insight into the work of native artists.
Pismo Beach, California
San Luis Obispo CountyLocation and generalThis little town, right by the Pacific Ocean south of San Luis Obispo on the U.S. 101, stands out because of its 22mi/35km of beach, where several kinds of edible mussels can be dug up at any time of the year, and all kinds of water sports can be pursued.Pismo Beach - the name comes from the language of the Chumash Indians and means "tar" - is also known for being (at the time of going to press) the last place close to the sea to allow cars to drive on ramps right on to the beach. Known for its extensive sand dunes, vehicles are prohibited in the Dunes reserve.
Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove
Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is the site of thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch butterflies who arrive seeking shelter from the Northern winters. The butterflies gather in a grove of Eucalyptus trees from late October to February. During this time, docents offer daily talks and information.
Arroyo Grande, California
Arroyo Grande (pop. 14,378) is located 11mi/18km southeast of San Luis Obispo. It was founded in 1862. It took another five years before structures were built in the town.
Atascadero (pop. 23,138) is a vibrant community whose name in Spanish means Place of Much Water.Atascadero Lake is in the center of town and is the place for numerous festivals and community events.
Atascadero Historical Society Museum (closed)
Closed while a new site is determined.The Atascadero Historical Society Museum is now located in the "Colony House". It chronicles the city's development, from its birth in 1913 to the present, through documents, photographs, and artifacts.
Charles Paddock Zoo
The Charles Paddock Zoo is located 1.5 miles west of Atascadero. This five acre zoo has a diverse mix of over 100 animals, including tigers, jaguars, alligators, wallabies, meerkat, spider monkeys, bears, and servals.
Address: 9305 Pismo Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422-4939, United States
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Oct 31: 10am-5pm
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 10am-4pm
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 10am-4pm
Always closed on: Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Senior over 65 $4.25, Child 11 & under $4.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Useful tips: Pets are not allowed in the zoo.
Facilities: Gift shop
Paso Robles, California
Paso Robles is on the Salinas River 24mi/39km north of San Luis Obispo. The downtown area has antique stores, restaurants, spas and a Victorian neighborhood.
El Paso De Robles Area Pioneer Museum
The El Paso De Robles Area Pioneer Museum exhibits the cultural history of the area through displays of American Indian artifacts, vintage farming equipment and ranching equipment. Detailed displays, historical literature and memorabilia recreate days gone by.
The Children's Museum at the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse offers educational activities geared to families. Exhibits include a physical science corner, fire station, pizza kitchen, puppet theatre as well as arts and crafts.
Call-Booth House Gallery
Helen Moe Antique Doll Museum (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.The Helen Moe Antique Doll Museum in Paso Robles has more than 800 dolls including one from 1540.
Oceano is located south of Pismo Beach.
Oceano Dunes State Recreation Area
Set on 1,500 acres the Oceano Dunes State Recreation Area is a delight for offroaders. It is located in Oceano, three miles south of Pismo Beach. There are beaches and dunes which are ideal for motorcycles, four wheel drive vehicles and dune buggies.
Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville
There are vaudeville shows and thrillers at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville in Oceano.
Address: 1863 Pacific Boulevard, Oceano, CA 93445, United States
Opening hours: Closed: Mon, Tue
Entrance fee in USD: $22.00, Senior $20.00, Military discount $20.00, Child 12 & under $18.00
Useful tips: Reservations recommended. Call for show times.
Facilities: Restaurant or food service