Welcome to San Luis Obispo

Almost midway between LA and San Francisco, at the junction of Hwys 101 and 1, San Luis Obispo is a popular overnight stop for road trippers. With no must-see attractions, SLO might not seem to warrant much of your time. Even so, this low-key town has an enviably high quality of life – in fact, it has been named America’s happiest city. CalPoly university students inject a healthy dose of hubbub into the city’s... Read More

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$110 Day Trips & Excursions

California Coast and Redwoods Tour

Your tour begins with a spectacular drive down California Coast Highway #1, with it’s bluffs, beaches, coastline and of course spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Your morning stop will be at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse State Park, perched on a cliff on the Central California Coast. This 115 foot lighthouse is one of the tallest lighthouses in America and has guided mariners since 1872. Its five-wick oil lamp and first-order Fresnel Len comprises of 1,008 prisms was first lit at sunset on November 15, 1872. The coastal area surrounding Pigeon Point Lighthouse Station are rich with life. Marine mammals such as seals and whales, can be seen regularly from shore as they pass by beyond the surf. The inter-tidal zone along this part of the coast, particularly in the rocky reefs that flank the light station contain a diverse and numerous variety of plants and animal life.Your tour will continue to Santa Cruz, thru the California California Coastal National Monument near Davenport. This area from Davenport to Santa Cruz was recently added to the national monument by President Barack Obama. The California Coastal National Monument, created by President Bill Clinton runs the length of the California Coast from Davenport in the north to San Luis Obispo in the south. As you travel south you will see Monterey Bay, one of our nation's most spectacular marine protected areas, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world! Our tour arrives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the quaint town of Felton, be prepared to step back to the 1880’s as we visit the historic Roaring Camp. You will be treated to Roaring Camps delicious Chuckwagon Barbecue where you will have the choice of a Pioneer Burger Platter, a Sonora Pull Pork Sandwich Platter or a Garden Burger Platter complete with all the fixins and a marshmallow to roast over an open fire! You will board the historic Roaring Camp train to Bear Mountain and along the way you will travel thru a virgin Redwood Forest (never been logged) to the top of Bear Mountain and back. Once you’ve returned to Roaring Camp you’ll have time to experience the redwoods up close at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, famous for it’s 40-acre grove of old-growth redwood trees. Take a walk beyond the redwood grove and you’ll find four diverse habitats that this park preserves: grasslands, river, sand hills, and redwoods. The park’s visitor center, and old-growth redwood grove. You will have time to experience the California Redwoods as you walk thru the Old Growth Redwood Grove Loop Trail.Our tour will leave the Santa Cruz Mountains and begin our journey back up the coast with a stop in Davenport, a quaint seaside town where you will have an opportunity to grab a snack before heading back to San Francisco. This tour is an eight hour day tour.

$228.11 Private & Custom Tours

Private California Coast and Redwoods Tour

Your 10-hour private tour begins with a spectacular drive down California Coast Highway #1, with it’s bluffs, beaches, coastline and of course spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Your morning stop will be at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse State Park, perched on a cliff on the Central California Coast. This 115 foot lighthouse is one of the tallest lighthouses in America and has guided mariners since 1872. Its five-wick oil lamp and first-order Fresnel Len comprises of 1,008 prisms was first lit at sunset on November 15, 1872. The coastal area surrounding Pigeon Point Lighthouse Station are rich with life. Marine mammals such as seals and whales, can be seen regularly from shore as they pass by beyond the surf. The inter-tidal zone along this part of the coast, particularly in the rocky reefs that flank the light station contain a diverse and numerous variety of plants and animal life.Your tour will continue to Santa Cruz, thru the California California Coastal National Monument near Davenport. This area from Davenport to Santa Cruz was recently added to the national monument by President Barack Obama. The California Coastal National Monument, created by President Bill Clinton runs the length of the California Coast from Davenport in the north to San Luis Obispo in the south. As you travel south you will see Monterey Bay, one of our nation's most spectacular marine protected areas, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world! Our tour arrives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the quaint town of Felton, be prepared to step back to the 1880’s as we visit the historic Roaring Camp. You will be treated to Roaring Camps delicious Chuckwagon Barbecue where you will have the choice of a Pioneer Burger Platter, a Sonora Pull Pork Sandwich Platter or a Garden Burger Platter complete with all the fixins and a marshmallow to roast over an open fire! You will board the historic Roaring Camp train to Bear Mountain and along the way you will travel thru a virgin Redwood Forest (never been logged) to the top of Bear Mountain and back. Once you’ve returned to Roaring Camp you’ll have time to experience the redwoods up close at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, famous for it’s 40-acre grove of old-growth redwood trees. Take a walk beyond the redwood grove and you’ll find four diverse habitats that this park preserves: grasslands, river, sand hills, and redwoods. The park’s visitor center, and old-growth redwood grove. You will have time to experience the California Redwoods as you walk thru the Old Growth Redwood Grove Loop Trail.Our tour will leave the Santa Cruz Mountains and begin our journey back up the coast with a stop in Davenport, a quaint seaside town where you will have an opportunity to grab a snack before heading back to San Francisco. This tour is an eight hour day tour.

$75 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Ultimate Wine Experience in San Luis Obispo

Start off your day by having a large breakfast or lunch before being picked up at your local lodging. You’ll also be provided your guide’s name, the vehicle to look for, and where to meet for boarding. After pickup, you’ll be off to collect a few more guests and then on to wine tasting. Enjoy a ride down scenic backcountry roads in comfort and style in an air-conditioned, private  tour vehicle. Experience a leisurely paced tour, where you’ll get approximately 45 minutes at each winery.On the full-day wine tour, lunch is included so you get extra time at the second winery you visit. Enjoy your time with a tour operator savor a picnic lunch and a bottle of water. The lunch is sourced by top food purveyors and delivered fresh to the second winery on the tour. There you’ll take in the winery’s beauty, shade, shelter, and ample seating while eating artisan sandwiches, seasonal salads, and tasty treats. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with notice prior to departure date. water is provided throughout the day and with lunch.Both the half- and full-day wine tours include the signature, “Deliciously Fun, Wine Education” by guides that are passionate about wine and sharing it with others. Learn the Five S’s: see, swirl, sniff, sip, and savor. Learn if you’re a sweet wine lover or a drier white or rose you like, perhaps even a lighter bodied reds like Pinot Noir or fruitier ones like Zinfandel and let's not forget all the inbetweens. At the end of the day, maybe you’ll know your palate better and have even discovered new favorites. If you’re just looking for a relaxing beautiful day in wine country, you don’t have to sit and listen.

$779 Multi-day & Extended Tours

California Pacific Coast 3-Day Tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles

This small-group tour along California's Pacific coast takes you on a southern route one-way from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Your minibus winds past the farmlands and stunning vistas of scenic Highway One, stopping in charming towns to explore with your guide. Monterey, Big Sur, and San Luis Obispo are the highlights including Hearst Castle, elephant seals, and beachside waterfalls. Overnight accommodation included. (See the Itinerary below for details.)

$779 Multi-day & Extended Tours

California Pacific Coast 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles to San Francisco

DAY 1* - Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo via Santa BarbaraStart your day heading north out the heart of Hollywood and toward the beautiful American Riviera and the city of Santa Barbara. Your options abound in Santa Barbara. If the sun, sand and ocean are calling your name, rent a stand up paddleboard or just soak it all in and relax at the beach. Looking to fit in some last minute shopping? You’ll want to stroll through the many boutiques along State Street. If you prefer to visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara or to take another hike, your guide will lead the way. No matter what you choose, you are sure to enjoy spending the day in this quaint California town. Later this afternoon, our group will roll into America's Happiest City, San Luis Obispo! (Hotel in SLO included).DAY 2* - San Luis Obispo to Monterey via Highway 1 and Big SurRise and shine! You’ll get an early start today, as there is a lot of epic coastline to cover. Begin your morning with an included visit to magnificent Hearst Castle. Next up, make a quick stop in search of elephant seals before continuing up the coastal highway along the rugged cliffs of Big Sur and check out legendary McWay Falls as it tumbles 80 feet below into the Pacific Ocean. This afternoon, prepare yourself for the wonders of Monterey. Explore the bay by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or sailboat. If you’d rather get a closer look at what is beneath the water (like the world’s largest octopus), head over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Want to see more beauty? Consider joining your leader for a visit along Monterey's famous 17 Mile Drive. And, of course, you’ll have to check out historic Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf. Adventure, history and clam chowder await! You’ll stay overnight in a quiet hotel in Monterey (included). DAY 3* - Monterey to San Francisco via Santa CruzThe final day of your adventure is jam-packed with activities! First up, experience the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the many hiking trails at Point Lobos State Reserve. After lunch, you'll pass by quaint produce stands and check out the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Enjoy the white sandy beach along the Monterey Bay National Maritime Sanctuary and view one of the last classic seaside amusement parks in the United States. In the afternoon, you’ll hop back on the road and heading for the City by the Bay and a walk across the world famous Golden Gate bridge before drop off at a central downtown hotel.

$75 Water Sports

Avila Beach Adventure Kayak Tour

Kayak tours start in the morning to ensure the best ocean conditions and opportunities to view local wildlife. Check in at Avila Beach Paddlesports, where the crew will get you fitted in the best gear to keep you warm and comfortable. Tours start on the beach where you'll receive basic kayak and safety instruction. The adventure begins with an easy paddle to nearby kelp beds to visit Southern Sea Otters and their adorable pups! Keep your eyes out for playful Harbor Seals and lots of sea birds. Our friendly guides are trained naturalists and love sharing their knowledge of the area with our guests. Your guides will take you for a scenic paddle through the Port San Luis Harbor area--an area rich with local history and lots of wildlife. Check out the Harford Pier, home to acrobatic sea lions and the home of our small, yet mighty, commercial fishing fleet. Make your way along the beautiful and rugged coastline. Kayaks are the perfect way to see this stretch of coastline that you can only access by boat. Paddle around Smith Island and look out for pelicans, cormorants, oyster catchers, gulls, and Osprey. Halfway through the tour, take a break on a secret beach. You'll have plenty of time to relax, enjoy water and snacks, use the restroom, explore tidepools, and walk up to the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse. Don't forget to look out for whales! The second half of the tour is all about more fun and exploration as your group makes its way back to Avila Beach Paddlesports. Total tour time is typically about 3.5 hours. On average you will spend about 3 hours on the water and 30 minutes for the break at the Lighthouse and beach. Hot showers and towels are available, parking is free, and there are great restaurants within walking distance to enjoy a well-deserved lunch!