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Things to do in San Luis Obispo, CA and Surrounding Areas
There is lots to do in San Luis Obispo
Well, if you are coming to San Luis Obispo for a weekend getaway, I suggest you arrive on Thursday.
Thursday Night Downtown is great. It's a local farmers market where they close down the main downtown street (Higuera St.) from 7 to 9. If you're parked downtown, I think they have you move your car starting at 5. Be careful, or you'll get a ticket. Come down, visit the local merchants and have a Santa Maria Style BBQ Tri-Tip sandwich from Firestone Grill. If you get there early, you can walk around the San Luis Obispo Mission and then walk downtown once the street is closed off. When you're walking downtown, its also a good idea to spend one minute or less as you dash down bubblegum alley. Bubblegum alley is a narrow path between two buildings where everyone sticks their chewed gum. It's strange and disgusting and a bit reminiscent of San Luis Obispo's more liberal days.
A few other nighttime activities to do in SLO
- Music at Mother's Tavern. Usually there is live music Thursday - Saturday nights
- Get dessert at the Apple Farm (apple dumpling with ice cream) or at the Madonna Inn (Black Forrest Cake)
Map of things to do in San Luis Obispo at Night
Walk around the Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo
Get a tri-tip sandwich from Firestone Grill
Bubble Gum Alley is between 733 and 734 Higuera Street
Enjoy live music at night at Mother's Tavern
Day Time Activities around San Luis Obispo CA
Friday is a great day to drive to Pismo Beach and see the monarch butterflies. The monarch butterflies migrate in January, so make sure it's the right season before planning a day to see the butterflies.
If the butterflies are out of season I suggest driving up the coast to Hearst Castle. It's a spectacular drive and you can even stop to see the elephant seals that migrate through San Simeon starting in December and leave in March. Be careful because it's mating season and plus the elephant seals are really big and they can squash you.
Reserve Saturday for wine tasting on the central coast.
Hearst Castle is about a 40 minute drive from San Luis Obispo
The elephant seals are off of Highway 1 about seven miles north of San Simeon. Look for road signs and lots of parked cars as the signal you arrived
The Monarch Butterflies are located at the south end of Pismo Beach right off of Highway 1. There is a clear sign