Serene Pismo Creek
Along Highway 1 on the
southern border of Pismo Beach, the Pismo Creek ripples serenely through a
riparian estuary until it is greeted by the Pacific Ocean. Flanked by majestic
Eucalyptus trees, this section of the Pismo Creek is home to the Monarch Butterfly
Grove which hosts tens of thousands of migrating butterflies from October
through February. Meander along the banks where various migrating marine life
such as dolphins, whales, and sea otters and numerous bird species including
warblers and adorable snowy plovers can be observed.
Miles of row crops, vast
stretches of nearly empty beaches, and nature viewing invite travelers to stop
along the western edge of Santa Maria Valley’s quiet landscape. Here, the
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is National Wildlife Refuge that offers hiking,
wildflower viewing, bird watching, whale watching, nature photography and more.
Start your adventure at the Dunes Center, a tiny museum located in the town of
Guadalupe. Take a self-led or guided hike, and explore the intriguing displays
of artifacts found in the dunes. Nearby, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts and
Education Center specializes in local Chumash Native American heritage, and the
ever-popular Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville offers great classic musicals,
original plays and melodramas. End your adventure with authentic Mexican eats
at El Tapatio in Guadalupe.
Morro Bay’s Adventure Pass
Make the most of your beach
experience in Morro Bay, an active seaside fishing village along Highway 1’s
Central Coast. With the Morro Bay Adventure Pass, receive discounts on
bicycles, surrey, kayaking, and stand up paddle board rentals, as well as boating,
fishing and wine tasting. Take a break from the road for three full days of fun
with this all-inclusive package. Passes for individuals, couples, and families
SLO’s Small Town Vibe
In San Luis Obispo, over 60
local businesses throughout the county have come together to join SLO Car Free,
providing travellers with the opportunity to see the sights sans vehicle. Your
car-free journey to San Luis Obispo’s charming coastal hub starts with a 20
percent discount off Amtrak. Sample cuisine, architecture and history with
Central Coast Food Tours, explore the wine country of Paso Robles with
Breakaway Tours, soak in the natural hot springs at Avila Sycamore Mineral
Springs Resort, or taste local, organic dining at Big Sky Café in downtown SLO.
Visit renowned tourist destinations such as Hearst Castle and the popular
downtown SLO farmers’ market.