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Enjoy the relaxed pace of San Luis Obispo County from picnics hidden among the rolling hills to horseback riding along the sparkling Pacific Coast. Watch the videos below to discover what makes SLO CAL so amazing.

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Discover the stories of the past with a visit to SLO CAL’s many historic attractions and museums. For history buffs, SLO CAL is a dream. Two beautifully preserved missions—Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and Mission San Miguel—entice visitors to learn about the early days of California, Spanish missionaries, Native Americans and the intersections of these groups. In Nipomo, the hidden gem of the Dana Adobe engages travelers with its 130 acres of peaceful, preserved land. The adobe, a California Historic Landmark, and its surrounding land showcase the history, heritage and culture of the county’s rancho era. Both Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo offer a glimpse of the past with well-preserved houses and gardens. In Arroyo Grande, a house and garden displays collections of period clothing, photograph and kitchen items. Likewise, a house and garden in San Luis Obispo transports guests to the Victorian days with its careful renovation and original furnishings. San Simeon boasts a unique window into history with the great estate of Hearst Castle. Built by art collector and newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, Hearst Castle features not only a vast collection of primarily European art, but stunning Mediterranean Revival architecture and gardens as well. Every room transfers visitors to a bygone lifestyle. Several museums emphasize other aspects of history. A museum in Paso Robles focuses on the restoration and preservation of military aircraft, military vehicles and memorabilia. A railroad museum in San Luis Obispo preserves the railroad history of California and the Central Coast, and a small historical museum in Templeton houses local memorabilia and photographs.

The arts aren’t reserved for special occasions or for a select few in SLO CAL. Here, they’re part of everyday life, accessible to all. Discover art galleries tucked into the heart of downtowns throughout the county. On the first Friday of the month, celebrate art at the free Art After Dark event in San Luis Obispo. More than 20 galleries and non-traditional art venues—restaurants, boutiques, salons—spotlight the best of established and emerging local artists. Paso Robles hosts a similar event the first Saturday of the month. If that’s not enough to get your creative juices flowing, stroll through area art museums that house galleries of fine art and crafts. At Hearst Castle, the county’s crown jewel, admire the extensive fine art collection of famed publisher William Randolph Hearst. Performing arts enthusiasts will uncover a vast array of options as well, from regional melodrama performances and the symphony to national and international artists performing on campus at Cal Poly. Even the youngest set can get in on the arts and culture action in SLO CAL with learn-through-play experiences at neighborhood children’s museums.

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Highlights of San Luis Obispo

Field of Lights

Field of Lights

Fea­tured in The New York Times as #6 in ​“50 Places to Vis­it in 2020,” Light at Sen­so­rio fea­tures two instal­la­tions by inter­na­tion­al­ly acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. Field of Light is a 15-acre walk-through expe­ri­ence, Munro’s largest art­work to date, com­prised of more than 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber optics, gen­tly illu­mi­nat­ing the land­scape in sub­tle blooms of mor­ph­ing col­or that describe the undu­lat­ing land­scape. Our lat­est instal­la­tion, Light Tow­ers cel­e­brates Paso Rob­les’ exten­sive wine coun­try envi­rons, fea­tur­ing 69 tow­ers com­posed of more than 17,000 wine bot­tles, illu­mi­nat­ed with glow­ing optic fibers whose col­ors morph to an inspir­ing musi­cal score. Pow­ered by solar, these stun­ning exhi­bi­ts cap­ti­vate vis­i­tors, invit­ing them to engage with the land­scape and envi­ron­ment through an ethe­re­al light based and sculp­tur­al expe­ri­ence. Smith­son­ian Mag­a­zine has called Munro’s art ​“stun­ning,” while The Guardian noted ​“This is art you feel, rather than art you view.”



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Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Envelop yourself in luxury at one of SLO CAL’s premier spas. Relax and recharge your soul with a therapeutic massage, or brighten your complexion with a customized facial. Just an hour of focused time will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready for the next adventure. Need a longer serenity break? Personalize a half or full day of spa services, tailored to your specific needs. Seeking even more relaxation? Soak away your tension in famed mineral waters found near Paso Robles and Avila Beach.

Prepping for a night on the town? Before you experience SLO CAL’s vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene, get pampered by visiting one of the many hair and nail salons across the region.



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