- Hearst Castle750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CArecommended Hearst CastleThe night tour was really nice, they actually had some volunteer actors dress up in period clothing to make things more realistic. The mansion is huge with massive living and dining rooms, but the the ... read morepools are probably the most impressive part of the whole tour. Golden tiles in the pool, 'nuff said.Kevin Cheng
Not too far from Morro Bay is this attraction, I'd recommend the night tour.
- Giovanni's Fish Market1001 Front St, Morro Bay, CA 93442recommended Giovanni's Fish MarketFresh seafood right on the beach! Great food for very decent prices, the fish and chips are excellent, and the view is spectacular around sunset. The only bad thing is they close pretty early, at 6pm, ... read moreso get there early for dinner.
- Elephant Seals at Piedras BlancasCA, United Statesrecommended Elephant Seals at Piedras BlancasAn amazing place to see California's largest elephant seal colony, some 18,000 animals strong during the winter breeding and mating season. The best vista point is just over 4 miles north of Hearst ... read moreCastle - it has a boardwalk and volunteers to answer all your questions.Sara Benson
Peak season coincides with Valentine's Day - don't miss it!
recommended Montana De Oro State ParkHow often can you find a state park with no entrance fee that's full of opportunities for hiking without too many crowds? You can also bring along a mountain bike and go pedaling around the coastal ... read morebluffs. But for killers views and a long, satisfying day hike, tackle the loop of windy Valencia and Oat Peaks. Warning: It's not for anyone with a fear of heights, and bring shoes with good gription for the volcanic scree on the trails.
- Bishop PeakHighland Driverecommended Bishop PeakWhat, you say you've only got time for 1 hike in SLO? And you don't want to drive all the way out to Montana de Oro State Park? Then find the trailhead for Bishop Peak, the tallest of the Nine Sisters ... read morechain of volcanic rocks along this section of California's Central Coast. Don't worry: it's less than 1600ft at the summit. But, oh the views of rolling pastureland are a knock-out, especially at sunset. Total trail distance depends on exactly where you start from, but it's usually just over 2 miles each way.
- Cerro Alto PeakCerro Alto Rd, Atascadero, Californiarecommended Cerro Alto PeakJust inland from Morro Bay along twisty Hwy 41, this hiking trail leads from a USFS campground (start at the end of the access road by the trailhead sign) to a small summit (2600ft elevation ... read moreapproximately). Standing on top, you'll see the Pacific Ocean and the undulating golden hillsides of Paso Robles wine country. The last stretch of trail is mostly unshaded and bakes during summer (over 90 degrees) so hike in the late afternoon or early morning during summer.Sara Benson
Another great area hike...