April 2, 2014

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Kylee Jepsen, Visit San Luis Obispo County

Channel Your Inner Sense of Adventure

101 Reasons to Exit Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County

(San Luis Obispo County, CA) - San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, located half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, is your premier destination for discovering California’s Central Coast. Choose to experience the culinary, coastal and cultural attributes of our region, by channeling your inner sense of adventure. We invite you to explore San Luis Obispo County with 101 Reasons to Exit Highway 101 and plan your trip today!

There are hundreds of activities and things to do to lure you off Highway 101 through our discovery routes for breathtaking views and exciting adventures. With our guide below, you can get the insider’s secrets to the destination. Continue your exploration and see what else San Luis Obispo County has to offer. Check out the Visit San Luis Obispo County website — featuring everything from regional overviews and events to activities and trip ideas.

101 Reasons to Exit Highway 101

1. Be a Kid Again on the Play Deck at Pismo Lighthouse Suites: The chess pieces don’t move via voice-command like in the movie Harry Potter, but there is a life-size chessboard! After chess, try out your badminton, Ping-Pong, and mini golf skills also located on the family play deck.

2. Attempt All-You-Can-Eat at Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab: Every Tuesday visit Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab between 5PM and 9PM for never-ending ice cream. Each Tuesday highlights five different house-made flavors. You may consider skipping that healthy dinner...

3. Explore the Tide Pools & Hike in Montaña de Oro: Explore the scenic, rocky coastland of Montaña de Oro to see starfish, crabs, and numerous other marine creatures. Hikers will also enjoy this state park’s 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak.

4. Let the Kids Release Excess Energy at the SLO Children’s Museum: Stop by for hands-on activities, crafts, trains, “shopping,” etcetera that make education come alive for kids.

5. Mountain Bike the Irish Hills Area: Irish Hills Natural Reserve is a geographically discrete 720-acre riding area, yet it contains over 8 miles of trails. Many loops are possible on mostly single-track trails. The rocky, serpentine landscape features chaparral, oak, grasslands, and riparian habitats. Enjoy the beauty and bike safe!

6. Throw a Strike in Pismo: Swing by Pismo Bowl for premium beer, a Philly hot dog, and a game on newly remodeled lanes. This bowling alley was constructed in 1939 and still has that “classic bowling alley feel,” minus the smoke smell!

7. Enjoy a Movie (or Two) at Sunset Drive-In Theatre: Relive the 50’s with a trip to the Sunset Drive-In Theatre. The drive-in is the largest outdoor screen on the Central Coast and one of the last original drive-ins in the country. The best part about the drive-in is seeing two movies for the price of one.

8. Let the Kids Go Wild at Charles Paddock Zoo: The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero is the ONLY Zoo on the Central Coast, and is home to hundreds of species from all over the world. They have numerous animals that are part of globally managed programs to preserve animals and their habitats.

9. Swing by Santa Rosa Park on a Saturday for a Medieval Battle: Nearly every Saturday afternoon a large gathering of medieval enthusiasts shows up at Santa Rosa Park for a phenomenon called “LARPing.” Live Action Role Playing. Their sword-swinging and arrow-shooting is at least worth a view.

10. Soak in the Sun, Jog Along the Shore, or Build a Castle on Pismo Beach: This beautiful, classic California beach stretches on for around 17 miles, which means there’s room for everyone’s favorite activity! Visit during mid-June for the Central Coast’s largest car show or mid-October for the Clam Festival.

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