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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Castle
“The only "castle" on the west coast with spectacular views. Open year round.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Park
“This is our happy place! Our favorite State Park offers scenic hiking, walking and mountain bike trails and is completely free to the public. MDO offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the world. Put the cell phone away (other than for photos of course) and soak up the breathtaking sights and sounds. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Park
“montana de Oro State park,Swinging Bridge in vi;;age,101 wine tours, port San Luis Lighthouse! Pismo Beach and Avila Beach.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“November-ish thru February-ish the Monarch butterflies hang out here by the thousands. In the non-butterfly season, it's a pretty walk.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Voted best restaurant in SLO! Enjoy delicious tapas and world famous wine with creekside views. Located in the iconic Cigar Factory building in downtown SLO, Novo’s bar, lounge offers award wining innovative cuisine. Tandoori chicken and Novo lettuce wraps are our favorites! ”
  • 76 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“On your way to visit Hearst Castle or Big Sur, this is a must stop on your drive. The male elephant seals (with their giant proboscis) can often be seen fighting for the affections of the females. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Inn
“The Madonna Inn & Steakhouse opened in 1958 and serves as an iconic landmark for the central coast. Tour the grounds for beautiful photo ops and don’t forget to try a slice of their famous pink champagne cake!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is probably the most recommended restaurant in the area. Little on the pricier side. Check the menu first online.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“If you need it, they have it. A collection of great shops from Nike to Levi. They feature kids, teen, adult clothing and shoes, kitchen wear, and even an "As Seen On TV" store. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Church
“Named after Saint Louis of Anjou, the bishop of Toulouse, the Mission is the foundation of San Luis Obispo. The Mission is open to the public for tours of the beautiful church, gardens and school. Be sure to view the small museum that holds a collection of its artifacts. It is still a very popular parish for the town's Catholic community. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Tacos are not just for Tuesdays, and neither is tequila! This fabulous restaurant is located on the corner of 13th and Park St, and the interiors are worth a look-see alone. And the food? Don't get me started! As a devoted taco lover, Fish Gaucho is right up there with the best...perhaps second only to having your favorites prepared in your cabana in Baja on the sand..Really! If you imbibe, the tequila tasting is treat~and a nice diversion from all that wine you might be drinking ;)”
  • 46 locals recommend
Farm
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“This is a nice "country store" location with a hay bale maze in the fall and lot's of country gifts and goods.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Mountain
“Morro Rock Natural Preserve - giant massive rock. Access the parking area at the north end of the Embarcadero. Walk along the beach, picnic, play frisbee.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
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“Half Chicken is huge and the drinks are top notch. High end craft cocktails. A local fave!”
  • 40 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“California fusion - yummy tacos and burritos! Giant servings and delicious. Very popular and view of the ocean across Hwy. 1.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is the best bottomless mimosa brunch around. It's not cheap but it's divine! Great views! ”
  • 49 locals recommend