Carrizo Plain National Monument

In one of his last acts as President of the United States, Bill Clinton signed a proclamation designating the Carrizo Plain a National Monument. Located in eastern San Luis Obispo County, the Carrizo…

Read More

The Mighty Oak America's National Tree

The oak-studded hills of San Luis Obispo County are as much a part of the area's landscape as is the dramatic coastline. A wonderful example of centuries-old coast live oak trees can be found at Los…

Read More

Take A Walk On The Wild Side

San Luis Obispo County is a popular destination for wildlife, especially in winter. Spot gray whales during their annual migration along the coast, watch elephant seals as they gather and mate along…

Read More

Ride The Dunes Or Drive On The Beach

Located south of Pismo Beach, Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is the only state park in California where cars may drive and camp on the beach. Last fall, Oceano Dunes, located…

Read More

Number 1 And Scenic, Too!

Arguably the most scenic drive in the United States, Highway 1 offers up some of the most beautiful and dramatic vistas as it hugs the coast between San Luis Obispo and Monterey. A 57-mile stretch of…

Read More

Not One Mission, But Two

Located on Monterey Street in downtown San Luis Obispo, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the fifth of the 21 missions, was founded in 1772 by Father Junipero Serra and named after Saint Louis…

Read More

Hearst Castle

Set atop the rolling hills in San Simeon is Hearst Castle®, one of the most popular tourist destinations in California. Originally built as the private estate of art collector and publisher W.R…

Read More

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

San Luis Obispo has recently made news as "the happiest city in America" according to author Dan Buettner in his latest book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way, and as featured on Oprah…

Read More