Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Founded in 1772, SLO's historic centrepiece was built using traditional adobe bricks. Tour the interesting church, still very much in action today, and discover the history of the Mission and the native Chumash people at a museum housed in the old padres' quarters. Quaint Mission Plaza, with gardens and a creek, is now the town square.
This classic beach town has 17 miles of superb sand and dunes backed by frothing Pacific surf. Spend the day building sand castles, digging for Pismo clams, surfing (or just watching!), or relaxing.
Once newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst’s palatial estate, Hearst Castle is now a California Historical Landmark offering several guided tours of the estate that give you an insider’s view of the 127 acres of gardens, the sumptuous, 60,645-square-foot main house, or the Neptune pool. You might even spot zebras and other exotic animals roaming the grounds, since the estate once housed the world’s largest private zoo.
Solvang is a little piece of Denmark in the Santa Ynez Valley founded by Danish immigrants in the early 1900’s. Solvang’s main street is filled with pleasant boutiques and bakery’s serving up tasty Danish treats. While in town, save time to visit the Christian Andersen Museum and Elverhoj Museum of History, both of which pays tribute to the community’s Danish influences.