Next time you’re up in The Land of SLO CAL heading between Paso Robles and Santa Margarita, try not to blink. Or else you just might miss the little town of Atascadero. What it lacks in size it makes up for in fun and friendliness. Chat up any local, and they’re sure to give a smile and directions to the many parks and hiking trails among the rolling hills dotted with oak trees. And the family-friendly downtown offers all kinds of casual eateries perfect for unwinding and reconnecting with loved ones.
Go ahead, make a day of it. Take the kids to the zoo for visit with a Malayan tiger, pack a picnic for the Sunken Gardens, tour the town’s majestic 1918 City Hall, or sip some world-class wine, cider and craft beer in the tasting rooms. Hit the links, frisbee-style with a round of disc golf, and go for a stroll around pristine Atascadero Lake Park. The options are as wide-open as the gorgeous landscape out in these parts.

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